TORONTO ON — Toronto punk/alt-rock trio Excuses Excuses are back with a new EP, Mind Over Matter, set for release on Sept. 20. You can hear the first single, “Wet Socks,” exclusively now at Tinnitist and get it from excusesexcuses.ca. The band has also announced a full Canadian tour for the fall, with the full slate of dates below (some venues to be confirmed).
While Excuses Excuses can go toe-to-toe with any band in the ferocity department – and if you’ve seen them live, you’d surely agree – they also know that the key to longevity is great songs. They add three more to their burgeoning catalogue with Mind Over Matter, a potent micro-dose of everything that makes them one of Canada’s great up-and-coming rock bands.
It follows their 2018 EP Catch Me If You Can, which Popmatters described as, “pack(ing) a punch both musically and lyrically,” while the Waterloo Region Record wrote, “though barely out of their teens, Excuses Excuses are maturing quickly as a band.” Indeed, Mind Over Matter is the end result of a concentrated effort to push their songwriting skills forward, combined with a year of serious touring.
As singer/guitarist Kyle Wilton says, “The songs truly are singles; they are unique by nature. With these three tunes, the only thing we knew going into the studio was that we specifically wanted to bring something to our fans that was personal, raw, real, and altogether human. We wanted to give them a deeper look into who Excuses Excuses is, why we love what we do, and to show why we constantly fight to keep moving forward.”
As with Catch Me If You Can, Mind Over Matter was produced and mixed by Justin Meli at Chalet Studios in Uxbridge, Ontario, with guitar tech assistance by Kevin Comeau of the band Crown Lands, and drum tech assistance by Jordan Gauthier of the YC Drum Company. With their extensive Canadian tour throughout the autumn of 2019, Excuses Excuses will continue to spread the message that no one wins unless everybody wins.