“Halifax’s The Town Heroes sound like a mix between Pinkerton-era Weezer and The Weakerthans. While that might not be the best description from a purely musical standpoint, I think it’s spot-on when taking into account their earnest vocal delivery, dynamic ranges, big-yet-understated choruses and (at first glance) haphazardly places falsettos. Plus, bonus points for guitars made out of duct tape.”
– Nash Bussieres, Ride the Tempo Blog
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Meet The Town Heroes: a Halifax based Alt-Rock 4-piece. They have become known for two things:
1. Their music
They've toured the world, released three critically acclaimed albums and won an array of industry awards. Anthemic choruses, 3-part harmonies, tender falsettos and big drums highlight their riff driven, dirty-yet-nuanced barrage of sound. On stage they move like intense caricatures – soaked in sweat, pushing every chord, note and beat to the limit. A structured wall of sound emerges; familiar yet distinctive. Camaraderie shows in their musicianship, their songwriting highlights what they are: friends playing music for the love of it, in it for the long haul.
Musically, TTH are reminiscent of the 90’s Alt-Rock bands they grew up listening to. Lyrically, at the root of every song is a passionate exploration of the things that make us all human. Whether good or bad, they’re the things that make us who we are: heartache, longing, society in the modern age, dreams and family.
2. Their ability to entertain
Through comedic videos, social media hi-jinks, blogs, unexpected wardrobe, late night sandwich stands at music festivals, amusing acceptance speeches and interviews, the band has earned a reputation for making people laugh.
Though vastly different, the band has found a way to balance these two sides in a seamless, cohesive manner. They see it as a crucial, necessary part of what they do. In a world where so much negativity fills the news, where the media endlessly focuses on the bad, The Town Heroes want to bring something positive into it all – as small as it may be. They see it as necessary because it is – it’s who they are. That’s something they’ll never change.
For the past 6 years, TTH have played as a duo – Mike Ryan (guitar, vocals) and Bruce Gillis (drums) – captivating audiences with their remarkably full sound and energetic performances. With a desire to push the envelope even more, in November 2016 the band expanded to become a 4-piece, adding Aaron Green (guitars) and Tori Cameron (bass) to the band. The new lineup reflects and effectively captures the growth, vision, and musical progression of the band.
“Everything (will be fine when we get to where we think we’re going)” will be the band’s 4th full length release and first with the 4 members. Merging modern pop-sensibilities with their alt-rock influences, the band has crafted 11 beautifully hook laden tracks oozing with hit potential. There’s a maturity in the album, both musically and conceptually – a growth that can only happen through a dedication to their craft, through hundreds of live shows around the world and an unrelenting belief in what they’re doing. The album is simultaneously fun and thought provoking, danceable arrangements coupled with contemplative self awareness and social conscience. At heart, a perfect soundtrack for contemplating life with a bounce in your step.
As a duo, the band’s remarkable sound was, in part, crafted by their minimalist set up. With “Everything”, the band has found a way to expand even further. “We wanted to give ourselves the opportunity to create without limitations...in the studio or live,” Mike Ryan says. “It opens up an entirely different world for us. We can take a song in any direction and let it become what it’s supposed to.”
As always with The Town Heroes, their catchy, sing-along, hit-worthy earworms have a multitude of layers to them. Embedded between the wordplay, reverb, and 4-on-the-floor beats, there’s a provocative existential analysis. “I just try to be aware of what’s happening in the world and write about things we all go through or feel,” says Ryan. “I can’t just write a song to write a song. I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing, but I need to have felt it myself to capture it. That way, no matter what I... or anyone... thinks of the song, I know that at least it’s real. And that’s more important to me than anything.”
Making music is what drives The Town Heroes. Having the ability to influence others in a positive way because of it, is all the better. If they can make the world – even a tiny portion of it – better by doing what they do, they’ll never stop – they’ll always be who they are.