RIYL: Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age
In the summer of 1999, a father — longing for what he left behind — returns with his family to his hometown of Inverness, Nova Scotia, after moving to San Francisco for work. There, he re-experiences the charms of his small, close-knit community. A young “local” boy falls for his daughter, and a short romance ensues. The 9 songs on Home, 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. I couldn’t have written these songs earlier in my life, because it takes a certain amount of time to pass to be able to look back upon those years with the proper lens of nostalgia.”
That star-crossed romance at the heart of Home begins to unfold on focus track “The Walk,” as the young “local” man makes his way to a summer dance at the Strathlorne Hall.
“After successfully securing alcohol — 4 litres of Tropikiwi cooler — from a town legend named Chi Chi, the boy is drunk for the first time in his life,” said Ryan. “En route to the dance, he walks along a path where the old railway tracks used to run into Inverness. In his mind, every good thing he’s ever imagined is at the tip of his fingers.”
Mixed by Nico Essig (The Rolling Stones, Kings of Leon, Father John Misty), “Queen” tells the story of their meeting. With the confidence gained from a river of sugary booze in his system, the boy asks the girl to dance. He learns she’s from San Francisco, and it’s love at first sight.
“There’s something about the sense of home attached to being from a small town,” said Ryan. “I’ve met people from bigger places who just don’t have it. There’s nothing wrong with that, but for most of the people I know from small towns, there’s a sense of pride and connection that exists between them and their home. I wanted to capture that here.”
An upbeat, energetic rock song with tender falsetto vocals sitting atop fuzzed out guitars and driving drums, lead single “Fuse” is a love letter to firsts, the summer, and carefree days where everything you hope for is falling into place.
“‘Fuse’ is a song about the initial stages of falling for someone; when new love is written all over your face and, in your mind, will last forever,” Ryan said. “Appropriately, the video for ‘Fuse’ was shot in the Inverness Miners Museum, the day before the building sold. The museum pays tribute to the history of the town of Inverness, the video acting as a final curtain call to the chronicles of the small town that inspired the song.”
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 – “Queen” (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. + + + +
August 25 – The Shore Club w/ Matt Mays
August 26 – The Shore Club w/ Matt Mays
August 27 – The Shore Club w/ Matt Mays
August 28 – The Shore Club w/ Matt Mays
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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