Hello good friends. As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the year that was. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have a successful year and want to thank each and every one of you for all the support along the way. You’ve listened to our music, came to our shows, watched our videos, gave us places to sleep, made us delicious meals and provided great company. In the last year we released our record in Europe, played in Iceland, Germany, Austria, Scotland and all across Canada. We won 5 Music Nova Scotia Awards and 2 East Coast Music Awards, and played with a lot of great bands from around the world. To sum it all up, we want to hand out some awards of our own to some very deserving recipients. Nicest Person in the World
Question: In what circumstances does an opening band end up with 15-year-old Scotch in one hand and incredibly delicious “Caramel Explosion” Fudge in the other? Answer: When playing with Matt Andersen.
In addition to being one of the most talented performers on the planet, the incomparable Matt Andersen is also one of the nicest fellas around. He gave us Scotch, Fudge, Sandwiches, fresh Carrot sticks, and let me play his sweet acoustic guitar. He instantly makes you feel like you've known him your whole life. Small town New Brunswick kindness certainly hasn't left Mr. Andersen since becoming one of the most well known artists in Canada. Props to that, Matt, you certainly deserve this one! Runners Up: Bruce's Mom, Kailash Satyarthi, Mike's Mom, Kevin Vickers
Best New Best Friends
Here's a picture of us and "The Killers" backstage after we played together in PEI. In the background, the mountainous desert terrain of Charlottetown quietly peers over our newfound friendship.
Best New Fan
She knew all the words to "Berlin Wall"
Best German Group Choreographed Dance Sequence to a Town Heroes Song While Wearing Pink
Their routine for "New York City" was unreal
We were lucky enough to get on the Inaugural flight for Europe Airpost out of Halifax. There was food on the plane, it landed safely, and, to top it all off, at the end of the flight we were awarded with a Diploma. I dropped out of university after 2 years in order to pursue music. Now, if music happens to fail me, I have this prestigious Diploma from Europe Airpost to fall back on.
Below, Bruce can't contain his excitement after arriving in Glasgow and receiving his Diploma.
Best Show We Played
We played some pretty incredible shows this year. From playing with our Best New Best Friends “The Killers” in PEI, opening for "The New Pornographers" at the Canadian Beach Volley Ball Championship, to our showcase at Iceland Airwaves. But, we’re going to stick close to home and give this award to our final show at The Seahorse Tavern on Argyle Street. Can’t ask for much more than a sold out room, a billion friends, crowd-surfing, two of our favourite bands opening - Floodland and Scrapes - and the entire bar singing along to our songs - all at our favourite venue in the city a few days before it closes. GOOD TIMES!
Best Band We Saw
Playing festivals and shows in various places in the world gives us the opportunity to see a lot of bands. In Vienna, we got to see talented Swedish sisters, First Aid Kit. Their harmonies, catchy pop songs, musicianship and funny banter between songs blew the entire crowd away. Check them out if you haven't yet! Honourable mention: Hector Bizerk - a Scottish Hip Hop group with one of the best drummers around Go Go Berlin- like Kings of Leon when they were cool
Facebook Status of the Year
This honour goes to our friend and the talented drummer of "Alert the Medic", Dale Wilson. With his post: "I think Access Nova Scotia is the least accessible place in Nova Scotia", he takes the cake for Facebook Status of the Year. Have you ever been to Access Nova Scotia? Truer words have never been spoken. NEVER!
Best Cat on the Beach
This guy! His name is Stevie! Hi Stevie!
Best Guest Performer
At the opening for the new Halifax Central Library, mayor Mike Savage joined us on stage to belt out some classics. Below you can see Mr. Savage "owning the moment" as he lets the music surge through him and sings the classic Rage Against the Machine song, “Killing in the Name Of”. His version of "Love Rollercoaster" by RHCP was also spot on.
Some Local Songs From 2014 You Should Listen To: Telephones - Mo Kenney (Written by Mardeen) The Weight of it All- Kim Harris Up the Mountain- The Stanfields Burned in Effigy- The Motorleague South America- The Meds Climbing Up the Walls- Carleton Stone Twice as Nice- The Mike Bochoff Band Towns- Pretty Archie Strong One- Gloryhound
Happy New Year, pals! We're doing preproduction for our new album and will be recording it next month. We can't wait for everything in 2015. Much love to y'all. TTH