Brendan Canning's new record Home Wrecking Years is a vibe-y backyard barbecue-ready indie album. Smart and breezy 4-minute pop tunes that run the gamut from 90s-era college rock to tropical baroque pop. First single and lead track "Book It To Fresno" features churning electric guitars and pounding drums forming a wall with Canning's sweet tenor vocals.
Written between the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2015 while building a band to tour his previous bedroom folk informed solo album, Canning found inspiration for Home Wrecking Years by returning to the sound of a full band. "Maxing out as a six-piece we jammed in my living room, making enough pleasant noise for the neighbours to enjoy during that summer of 2014," recalls the Toronto songwriter. "Prime Rob Ford years," he further notes. "And just as our mayor was falling apart, we were indulging in a little sonic deconstruction on the south end of Draper Street. "
Indeed. Much like Broken Social Scene cohort Kevin Drew's last album Darlings, this is Canning's first full band recording since Broken Social Scene's Forgiveness Rock Record. Big guitars, loud drums, swooping melodies, alluring keyboards, free-form feedback loops, are all in abundance and the record features guest appearances from BSS members Sam Goldberg and Justin Peroff, as well as The Stills/Kings Of Leon's Liam O'Neil. Add in a throwback '90s sound and '00s ambience against the backdrop of his hometown, and you're in classic Brendan Canning heaven.