East coasters Two Hours Traffic have undergone some serious renovations since their last full-length in 2009. Consider what Rexall Place would have to do in order to compete with the fancy new arena. That level of renovations.
Gone is guitarist Alec O’Hanley. Nathan Gill is in as the band’s new bassist. And the band’s previous bass guitarist, Andrew MacDonald, has slid over to take on guitar duties. They’ve also replaced long-time producer Joel Plaskett, who some credit with the band’s initial breakthrough as well.
They’ve changed up their sound as well for this next release, “Foolish Blood”, which will drop February 19 (Bumstead). A little more bluesy, a little more Motown, a little deeper sound if you will. You can check out the new track “Last Star” below and see what you think.
Two Hours Traffic will also be going on tour to support the new album release, of course, including their label’s showcase in Austin during South By Southwest. For you fellow bloggers hosting your own showcases, I’m betting they might be available for a couple other gigs, get in touch with them yourself or feel free to contact me and I’ll see what I can do to connect you.
Many, many of the dates include one of my favorite Cancon bands, Rah Rah (dates below with both bands are indicated by a *). Who I haven’t seen since last summer in Calgary, so I may head on down to Avenue Theatre and check out the show (FYI their date here in Edmonton, May 4, is one night before Yukon Blonde plays the same venue).
Tour ItineraryFeb 22 – Charlottetown PE at Solid Rock Café Feb 23 – Moncton NB at Tide And Boar Gastropub Feb 28 – Fredericton NB at Capital Complex Mar 01 – Charlottetown PE at Hunter’s Ale House Mar 02 – Halifax NS at Seahorse Mar 05 – Detroit MI at Magickstick* Mar 06 – Pittsburgh PA at Smiling Moose* Mar 07 – Philadelphia PA at Kung Fu Neckktie* Mar 08 – Boston MA at O’Briens* Mar 09 – New York NY at Santos Party House* Mar 10 – Washington DC at IOTA* Mar 14 – Austin TX at South By Southwest (Bumstead Showcase at Friends) Mar 19 – London ON at Call the Office* Mar 20 – Hamilton ON at Casbah* Mar 21 – Toronto ON at Lee’s Palace* Mar 22 – Montreal QC at Divan Orange* Mar 23 – Ottawa ON at Zaphods Beeblebrox* Mar 26 – Guelph ON at eBar Mar 27 – Windsor ON at Phog Lounge Mar 28 – Sarnia ON at Paddy Flahertys Apr 02 – Winnipeg MB at Park Theatre* Apr 03 – Saskatoon SK at Amigos* Apr 04 – Edmonton AB at Avenue Theatre* Apr 06 – Golden BC at Kicking Horse* Apr 07 – Canmore AB at Communitea Café* Apr 10 – Victoria BC at Lucky Bar* Apr 11 – Seattle WA at Sunset Tavern* Apr 13 – Vancouver BC at Biltmore* Apr 16 – Nelson BC at Royal* Apr 17 – Calgary AB at SAIT’s Gateway*
* – with Rah Rah