Published Mar 23, 2018Former Twilight Hotel songwriter Dave Quanbury is gearing up for the release of his new album Still Life with Canadian next month. But right now, you can get in on an advance listen to the record, as well as check out a new music video for album cut "Ghost Daughters."
Still Life with Canadian doesn't officially arrive until April 13 via Head in the Sand, but you can check out an advance stream for the album below, where you'll also find that animated video for "Ghost Daughters."
The album comes as what's being called "a sort-of forced reclamation project" of Quanbury's Canadian identity due to American immigration laws.
Here's how a press release lays out the album's origins:
In 2014, after a routine visit [from Austin, TX] to family back in his old hometown of Winnipeg, MB, Quanbury was refused re-entry to the United States because of an immigration issue, and was immediately confronted with the difference between a home and a hometown.
"You can't stay here, but you can't go home," they said.
With his wife and life on the other side of the border, he called an old friend and pleaded to let him occupy his couch until he worked it out and was allowed back across. That never happened.
The results of that forced relocation gave rise to the 14 songs of Still Life with Canadian, which was written on a borrowed guitar in a frigid garage in Winnipeg. The album was produced and recorded by Michael P. Falk (Les Jupes, Ghost Twin) at his Paintbox Recording studio in Winnipeg.
Jamie Wright also co-wrote several songs on the album, adding layers of harmony and melody to many of the LP's tracks. It also features guests Derek Allard (Royal Canoe), Todd Martin (Dirty Catfish Brass Band), and Alasdair Dunlop (Sweet Alibi).
The PR explains, "This album is about staring at a phone, struggling to get your cold fingers to type something to your partner because that piece of technology is now your only connection point. It is reading about other people's lives in the paper to feel better about your own. It is mourning the loss of your old life and being unable to revive it by yourself."
Along with the new album release, Quanbury has a series of tour dates coming up in Canada starting next month. You can see the complete schedule below, where you'll find the album stream and video for "Ghost Daughters."
04/19 Saskatoon, SK - The Capitol
04/20 Edmonton, AB - TBA
04/21 Lethbridge, AB - The Slice
04/22 Calgary, AB - Ironwood
04/26 Windsor, ON - The Phog
04/27 Toronto, ON - Junction City Music Hall
04/28 London, ON - Richmond Tavern
04/29 Hamilton, ON - Toast
05/03 Winnipeg, MB - Good Will Social Club