Eamon McGrath Launches Serialized Album with 'Exile Part 1,' Books Canadian Tour Dates

Eamon McGrath Launches Serialized Album with 'Exile Part 1,' Books Canadian Tour Dates
Canuck singer-songwriter Eamon McGrath, like Gentleman Reg before him, will be dividing his new album up into a string of digital instalments. The first release, Exile Part 1, will be out on October 15 through Aporia Records.

This will be the first of three mini-releases, which will culminate in the full-length vinyl version of Exile in nine months. This is a slight change from McGrath's previous plan, which was to release four short EPs over the span of a year.

The songwriter recorded the new material with his band during live-off-the-floor sessions with Rob Higgins at his Phoebe St. Studios in Toronto. The musicians used no click track and a minimum of editing. A press release notes that Exile Part 1 features the R.E.M.-influenced "Enduring Love," the Replacements/Husker Dü-style punk number "Bitter End" and the soul ballad "Uninvited Guest."

Watch a short teaser video for the EP at the bottom of this page, as well as listen to the B-side "Exile (Acoustic)."

Exile Part 1 will primarily be a digital release, but copies will also be available at select record stores and at shows. See McGrath's upcoming tour schedule below and expect more dates to be announced in due course. For the purposes of full disclosure, Exclaim! will be presenting all the Canadian dates.

"Serializing an album lets you extend a touring schedule over the course of how ever long you want to put it out," said McGrath in a statement. "You can play the songs over the course of the year and have it still feel fresh and exciting. The album never feels like it stagnates on the stage. And when you have an artist like myself that is addicted to living on the road, staggering releases like this will only serve to remedy that desire."

Tour dates:

09/23 Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl *
09/25 Kelowna, BC - Fernando's Pub
09/26 Calgary, AB - The Palomino
09/28 Edmonton, AB - Avenue Theatre ^
09/30 Saktatoon, SK - Vangelis
10/01 Regina, SK - O'Hanlons
10/04 Rock Island, IL - Daytrotter Sessions

* with the Features
^ with Stepmothers