Evening Hymns sign with Outside Music to release their new album Quiet Energies on September 18th 2015 in Canada and the United States. Quiet Energies is the follow up to the critically acclaimed sophomore album Spectral Dusk, a deeply personal album about the passing of lead member Jonas Bonneta‘s father. Although the recording of the album proved cathartic, the tour that coincided with the release was emotionally draining “The goal of all those shows was to serve those songs and make them real. It was never fun.”
Quiet Energies, recorded with James Bunton in Bonnetta’s rural Ontario studio, sees the band (Bonnetta, Jon Hynes on bass and Andrew Kekewich on drums) let the sun and some Tom Petty into the songs, crafting the consummate driving record with deeply personal and insightful lyrics “I was in LA and drove out to Joshua Tree to spend the day wandering around and shooting Super-8 film. I had been listening to so much Tom Petty on that trip, and it kind of came to me that this record was a journey. A road trip album. A driving album.” Defining what Quiet Energies means, Bonnetta says “Quiet Energies is the concept that all of this pent-up energy could be stored inside these quiet moments – a whisper that could be as effective as an explosion.”
Evening Hymns will debut their new material this summer at the inaugural Way Home Festival in Oro Medonte, Ontario and then will spend the majority of the fall and winter touring across Canada, Europe and the US. ‘Like’ Evening Hymns on Facebook; Follow @EveningHymns on Twitter & Instagram.
Awake was recorded at Toronto’s Revolution Studios in the summer, and was produced and mixed by Howie Beck (Hayden, Feist, Barenaked Ladies). Written primarily while touring across North America and Europe, Awake sees the band growing from their folk foundations into a polished pop aesthetic. Lead singer and lyricist Nick Vallee believes that recording outside of Montreal and working with Howie was a real motivating factor in the band’s new direction:
“Recording with Howie in Toronto helped us step out of our old modes, and into new ways of writing songs. We pushed beyond our comfort zone, and it brought a new energy to the music.”
Later this year, Victoria’s Aidan Knight will release his third studio LP. Born out of moments of uncertainty, darkness, and directionless joy, the album seizes the sound that emerged with producer Marcus Paquin (Hey Rosetta!, Local Natives) and mixer Mathieu Parisian (Patrick Watson, Karkwa, Cirque de Soleil). “I wanted to hear the ideas as they took shape, always a difficult goal,” says Knight. “The aim, and end result, is a small collection of songs that really capture what it was like to be in the room with us.”
The first single, “The Arp” demonstrates a simultaneously vibrant and tumultuous period of his writing process. More details on the upcoming album will be announced shortly. Knight will showcase some of his new materials at NXNE in Toronto on June 19 at 9:00 PM at The Mod Club and at the Starbelly Jam Festival in Crawford, BC on July 17.