Eamon McGrath took things in a more literary direction last year, releasing the fictionalized memoir Berlin-Warszawa Express, but he's about to make his return to music with a brand new album.
Tantramar serves as McGrath's sixth solo LP, and it's due out on June 2 via Saved By Vinyl.
It was recorded in Sackville, NB, at the abandoned George's Roadhouse during SappyFest's three-week songwriter in residence program.
"The concept of the record was to inject myself into the community of Sackville with the aim of using its spaces and the people that inhabit them as both a figurative and literal instrument," McGrath said in a statement. "I imagined the town being this squeezebox or accordion that billowed as I worked away in solitude at George's. This is the most focused and ambitious record I've done since Young Canadians. I was at the mercy of the peace and quiet of the Tantramar marsh, and to cope, I made as loud and obnoxious a racket as I could."
In addition to capturing the local sounds of trains and raccoons, the record also features additional contributions from fellow musicians like Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay of July Talk, Jose Contreras of By Divine Right and Jaye R. Schwarzer of Cancer Bats and Julie & the Wrong Guys.
The first listen to the new material arrives with "Power." The track features another gruff, gravelly-voiced Toronto singer on backing vocals thanks to a guest appearance by Dreimanis.
Scroll past McGrath's upcoming tour dates to get your first listen to "Power" in the player below.
03/06 St. John's, NL - The Masonic Temple *
03/06 St. John's, NL - The Ship
03/07 Freshwater, NL - UC Community Centre *
03/08 Deer Lake, NL - Deer Lake Motel *
03/09 Corner Brook, NL - Corner Brook Regional High School *
03/10 Corner Brook, NL - Glynmillill Inn Ballroom *
03/11 Corner Brook, NL - Glynmilll Inn Ballroom *
03/21 Windsor, ON - The Phog Lounge
03/22 London, ON - Call the Office
03/23 Toronto, ON - The Dakota
03/24 Ottawa, ON - The Dominion Tavern
03/25 Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
04/18 Madrid, Spain - Fotomaton *
04/20 Palma de Majorca, Spain - Casa Planas *
04/26 Gent, Belgium - Cafe de Loge
04/27 Bonn, Germany - Lautark Events
04/28 Karlsruhe, Germany - Scruffy Murphy's
04/29 Schaan, Liechtenstein - Black Pearl
04/30 Wil, Switzerland - Buero Lokal
05/01 Prague, Czech Republic- (A)Void Floating Gallery
05/02 Innsbruck, Austria - Die Backerei
05/03 Kriens, Switzerland - Barrock Music Bar
05/04 Geneva, Switzerland - Folk & Folks
05/05 Zurich, Switzerland - Obenuse Fest
05/06 Freiburg, Germany - Slow Club