The Strumbellas Hope on LP
When a crowd is feverishly singing along with the last chorus upon first listen, you know it's a song that connects. This is what happens when The Strumbellas play "Spirits" live for the first time, the first single from their forthcoming album, Hope. That experience embodies the essence of what has been attracting fans from across North America to this six-piece Lindsay, Ontario-bred band.
The Strumbellas got their start in 2009 with their eponymous EP release, which was peppered with accolades. Since then, the group has been on the road earning their stripes through sold-out residencies, several cross-country tours and summer festivals. In 2012 the band released their debut album My Father And The Hunter, an album full of haunting lyrics fused with infectious and danceable melodies that won them both fans and critical recognition across multiple genres of music. Earning them a coveted JUNO nomination, the album offered a beautiful, harmonious dichotomy between melancholy heartbreak and blow-the-barn-doors-off spunk, a sound that would become synonymous with their music.
A year later, The Strumbellas followed-up with their sophomore album We Still Move On Dance Floors, which earned them six awards, including their first JUNO award. In June 2014 they earned the title, Polaris Music Prize nominee, when the album nabbed a spot on the prestigious prize's coveted Long List. In early 2015, The Strumbellas, off the road and ready to go into the studio again, set up shop at downtown Toronto's Lincoln County Social Club to record the new album with LA producer/engineer Dave Schiffman (Johnny Cash, Haim, Weezer). During three recording sessions in the first half of 2015, Schiffman and the band harnessed a vivid alternative rock sound that was itching to get out of them. Bigger. Bolder. Beckoning.