With Headpets, Ian and Cara Jack created multi-layered powerpop infused with choral harmonies. Their album “Plain-Clothes Heroes” (Bipolarecords, 2002), produced by Rational Youth/Plunt veteran Kevin Komoda, received some good reviews, momentarily charted on college radio and they briefly toured Ontario. Ultimately, family and employment commitments led to the indefinite hiatus of the band.

The relationship between Komoda and Ian and Cara Jack did not.

Influenced by the recording method of the Postal Service, Ian met with Kevin Komoda in his Montreal loft in early 2005 to begin a project that would reflect the the music that was the backdrop of a formative part of their lives. Ian, a former music journalist and co-author of the Canadian Rock Bible Have Not Been The Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995 had befriended Komoda during his research on the Montreal chapter of that tome. Komoda, a veteran of the late ’70s/early ’80s punk/new wave/electronic scene in Montreal (Rational Youth) as well as a member of later bands Pest 5000, N.A.B., and Plunt, was the perfect writing partner for Ian’s lyrical and melodic ideas. Ian wanted to create without the trappings of a live band. He wanted a project that reflected the creative structure of London’s Saint Etienne (two guys and a girl vocalist), but the live versatility of a Broken Social Scene. The project from its early inception was quickly dubbed The Loft Party.

As fans of classic synthpop artists such as a-ha, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Tears for Fears, Gary Numan and Montreal’s Men Without Hats, as well as current purveyors of electro such as Goldfrapp, Saint Etienne, Kylie Minogue, Ladytron, CSS and LCD Soundsystem, the duo painstakingly created an album’s worth of should-be singles. The recordings took place during sporadic sessions over the last 4 years – the result of geography, holding full-time jobs and Ian and Cara bringing two sons into the world. Due to home commitments, the creative process predominantly involved Cara’s vocals being transported on flash drive or via email from Port Hope, Ontario to Montreal.

Fortunately, the result of this protracted and unconventional creative process was “Showing Signs” – ten well-crafted electropop gems that span the collective interests and songwriting influences of Jack and Komoda. The Loft Party will support “Showing Signs” throughout 2010.