An occasional feature wherein I talk about a couple of tunes I listened to and dug lately. (Pictured above, Letters to Lions.)
First up, the band Scenic Route to Alaska. From their Facebook page: The easygoing Edmonton-based trio, comprised of Trevor Mann on lead vocals and guitar, drummer Shea Connor, and bassist Murray Wood, effortlessly weaves catchy vocals and memorable melodies through rich arrangements – instantly engaging but begging to be heard again and again.
In early 2016, the band entered Monarch Studios in Vancouver with Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, The New Pornographers) to cut the 11 tracks comprising Long Walk Home, their latest LP.
This tune is called “Slow Down” and it’s about the “inherent struggle of maintaining balance while always on the move. The song was inspired after burning rubber on the road for the majority of 2016/2017. The lyrics also hint at attempting to maintain relationships and a healthy lifestyle and is met by a big ol’ “I don’t think I’m ready for it.”
I like the feel. It’s a good rocker with a nice, hooky chorus.
“Everybody’s tellin’ me to stop
Take a breath and slow down.”
Next up is a band named Runabay. Here’s something from their press release: Hailing from the Glens of Antrim and Belfast, Runabay has existed since February 2014 and has received acclaim from Hot Press Magazine, ChordBlossom and Culture Hub NI.
They have been described as alt-folk or indie, but the intricate and adventurous nature of their songwriting means they rarely fit into predictable pigeonholes – as Creative Spotlights commented in a recent review, ‘they are so much more than a genre category could ever describe.’
“Too Soon (Reverie) is primarily about missing opportunities due to hesitance,” explains frontman John McManus. “The ‘it’s too soon, so I’ll wait’ line is an internal struggle many of us feel, as we wait to find the ‘perfect’ time to decide on things – knowing full well that perfect timing doesn’t necessarily exist. It’s an introspective song about the implications of indecision.”
This is a really nice midtempo song with great vocals.
From the online substream magazine: “Letters to Lions is poised to be the indie band of 2018. The band has the truly remarkable ability of being able to write these huge, arena-ready rock songs that sound like if Matt Healy of The 1975 teamed up with Young The Giant to create the super-group the genre didn’t know that it needed.
The Sydney, Australia based quartet is currently working on the follow up to their 2015 EP, Clean Eating, and it’s shaping up to be the record that catapults them into the limelight.
When asked about the song, the band said “We went out with “Come Around” as our first single for the record as it’s the most upbeat and driven of the songs. It’s a feel-good song about life change and the anxiety that accompanies it.
We were all living together in a house at the time experiencing some pretty heavy life circumstances, the general vibe of the song is about overcoming adversity and clawing our way out of the hole we had dug.”
Another tune with a good feel, great drums, great vocals.