I took a quick break from listening to records while Kelly and HRH took their turns slam-banging around tin the kitchen doing God-knows-what, which was fine as I had cat shit to scoop anyway. Just another day in Domestic Paradise, right? But – fingers crossed – they have both now lighted somewhere quiet so I can continue with this evening’s vinyl celebration with another new Canadiana acquisition to our collection, the ‘Deer Friends‘ by Limestone Chorus.
It’s got a deer on the front.
Anyway, Limestone Chorus opened for the Great Lake Swimmers last night at The Sanctuary and, yes, I thought they were good enough that I purchased their record which they were nice enough to sign for Kelly while I settled up the bar tab.
Limestone Chorus is a indie folk/soul group sharing soil between St. Catharines and Toronto. The band writes songs with roots in folk, soul and an emphasis on socially relevant words and catchy pop hooks.
Not too shabby for a bunch of young hipsters in Blundstone boots.
Basically, if the Steve Miller Band, and an anachronistic Blind Melon, moved to an anachronistic Tolstoyan commune in the 60s, then spent the few next decades rambling across Canada’s great varied topography of amazing forests, badlands, and tundra, playing every open stage, roots and folks festivals they came across, the four surviving members’ resulting studio album would be Limestone Chorus ‘Deer Friends.
On top, weaving all of their songs with intricate three part harmonies the group started performing throughout Niagara as an acoustic trio in 2013. Growing into a full band; Jordan Nicolaides on Guitar, Wilson Hadfield on Guitar, Ben Goerzen on Cello and adding Eric Rudling on the Drumkit, the band took their act on the road across Ontario opening up for many well known acts including; Wilderness of Manitoba, Grey Lands and The Dinner Belles.
Through the band members’ unique musical influences, they have created a distinctive, dynamic sound with big hooks. On September 30th, 2014, the band released their first EP ‘Outside Voices’ under their old name Shore Thing. Recorded at Wow Recording Studio in St. Catharines, the group worked hard to capture the excitement of a live performance as well as using the studio space to push the songs to new places, further cementing their unique sound. The EP had a strong reception from fans and helped the group expand into new areas.
This is their debut album released just this year with producer Ian Romano (Attack in Black, Daniel Romano, City & Color) at Catharine North Studios in Hamilton (Feist, Dallas Green, Arkells). On it is everything from Talking Heads Calypso influence, light groovy Gene Clark-esque sparkling guitars, a steady strummed acoustic guitar, a great juxtaposition of individual clarity with warm, chorded rhythm, good unison playing throughout with breaks and fills, and just the right hint of clever word play with folk rap vibe to appear throughout the album with the closing line “I’m not out of time just outside of time.” Oh and, hey, even my buddy Joe Lapinski makes a guest appearance on the track ‘Woods & Water‘ playing the pedal steel.
How hip is that?
Anyway, so that ends tonight’s quiet Sunday Night Vinyl Appreciation ceremony and to quote a famous pig: “A-Bede-bede-bede-be, that’s all folks!”