Originating from small towns outside of Edmonton, Alberta, pop-punk/post-hardcore band Calling All Captains, consisting of Luc Gauthier (vocals), Brad Bremner (guitar/vocals), Connor Dawkins (guitar/vocals), Nick Malychuk (bass), and Tim Wilson (drums), has been manifesting the release of their debut full-length record, Slowly Getting Better, for the past few years and are eager to finally share their creations with the world.
Slowly Getting Better is a compilation of hardships, persistence, love, and acceptance, and is a thrilling follow up to the 2019 EP, Nothing Grows Here. Calling All Captains‘ unique sound allows them to dip their toes in both the pop-punk and post-hardcore realms using poppy instrumental elements with a punk-like, aggressive vocal style.
This album is the largest body of work that any of us have ever put out. It really encapsulates the last 10 years of all of our lives. None of us have ever worked so hard or put as much time into something as we all did for this project. We believe it truly showcases our best foot forward as a band. It was a tough 18 months navigating these uncertain times, but we believe we’ve come out of it stronger than ever and with the best team we could ever have hoped to build. We hope this album will mean as much to you as it does to us. We’re all Slowly Getting Better, together.
BrooklynVegan – Calling All Captains make anthemic, unabashedly glossy emo-tinged pop punk that would’ve fit in on Drive-Thru or Fueled by Ramen in the early/mid 2000s, and they make it feel fresh.
Alternative Press – The new song exemplifies a perfect link between pop punk and post-hardcore. The band expertly mix invigorating instrumentation with aggressive vocals to create a fresh sound.
RockSound – Combining the most infectious of pop-punk troupes with the gruff delivery of post-hardcore and throwing in plenty of big rousing riffs for good measure, it’s a sign of great things to come from the band.
Calling All Captains has a fluid dynamic where each member holds an untold responsibility for writing and being an asset to the band. Luc and Connor are the primary songwriters. Brad focuses on the technical elements. Tim concentrates on the beat, and Nick envisions how the songs will perform live and which technical aspects will draw the crowds in. According to Luc, this collaboration “allows the song to be relatable and personable to each member of the band.”
Slowly Getting Better is a soundtrack for the struggling yet hopeful people out there. We purposely put “I’m slowly getting better, you can make this happen if you just put in the effort” as the last lines of the record to show people that we’re still going through it. Hang in there. We’ll all get better together.
Nov 4 – Documentary Screening, Acoustic Set and Q&A @ The Buckingham in Edmonton, AB
Nov 5 – Album Release Show @ The Starlite Room in Edmonton, AB