RIYL: Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age
Home is a concept album set across two weeks of a Cape Breton summer. Longing for what he left behind, a father returns to his hometown after moving to San Francisco for work. A young “local” boy falls for his daughter, and a short romance ensues. The 9 songs, told from 3 different perspectives, tell a chronological tale of coming home, youth, and ultimately, lost love.
“I wanted to make an album that paid tribute to small-town Cape Breton in the summer,” said The Town Heroes’ Mike Ryan (he/him). “It was such a magical time when your tiny, quiet hometown was suddenly overflowing with new people, energy and endless possibilities. The exact story of the album is fictional, but I know that myself and countless others have experienced variations of it. It’s inevitable that at that time in our life, we experience those coming of age realities: so many firsts, carefree days, and — in your own eyes, at least — having the world at your fingertips.”
Mixed by Nico Essig (The Rolling Stones, Kings of Leon, Father John Misty),single “Queen” tells the story of that tourist girl and local boy meeting during a dance at the Strathlorne Hall. With the confidence gained from a river of sugary booze in his system, the boy asks the girl to dance. He learns that she’s from San Francisco, and it’s love at first sight.
“Every song comes to me in a different way,” Ryan said. “Sometimes it takes five minutes, and sometimes I’m picking away at it for multiple months. ‘Queen’ was the latter. I knew instantly that this could be a really good song, and it took a lot of time crafting each individual part to fit the song and do it justice.”
Releasing this August 20, Home captures the energy and spirit of a youthful summer and coming of age. It’s a soundtrack for the summer that’s relatable and, most importantly during the current locked-down world we live in: fun. It’s a time before the internet and social media, when you talked face-to-face or on a landline you prayed wasn’t answered by cross-examining parents.
The Town Heroes – “Fuse” (From Home)
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BIOGRAPHY Meet The Town Heroes: a Halifax based Alt-Rock band. They’ve toured the world, released five critically acclaimed albums, and won an array of industry awards. Anthemic choruses, 3-part harmonies, tender falsettos and big drums highlight their riff driven, dirty-yet-nuanced barrage of sound. On stage they move like intense caricatures – soaked in sweat, pushing every chord, note and beat to the limit. A structured wall of sound emerges; familiar yet distinctive. Camaraderie shows in their musicianship, their song-writing highlights what they are: friends playing music for the love of it, in it for the long haul. Musically, T.T.H. are reminiscent of the 90’s Alt-Rock bands they grew up listening to. Lyrically, at the root of every song is a passionate exploration of the things that make us all human. Whether good or bad, they’re the things that make us who we are: heartache, longing, society in the modern age, dreams and family.
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July 16th – Truro, Belly Up BBQ
July 24th – Inverness, The Inverness Arts Center
August 5th – Sydney, Makin’ Waves Festival
August 14th – Chester, Chester Legion
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Praise for THE TOWN HEROES:
“An album packed with simple, catchy songs, many of which could be this century’s next great Canadian music anthem,” – Music Nerd Chronicles
“Catchy lyrical, and hard-hitting songs that sound like a party you wish you were at. 5 stars out of 5,” – Atlantic Seabreeze
“Every listen reveals something different. The depth of this album is never-ending. [It’s] easily one of my favourite albums of the year,” – The Halifax Musicphile
“It’s crazy-danceable, hypnotic and haunting all at the same time, even euphoric in places,” – Top 100 Canadian Blog