Published Mar 16, 2012St. John's, NL-based pop rockers Long Distance Runners are already well known at the East Coast Music Awards and MusicNL Awards, despite the fact they haven't released an LP yet. But on April 17, the band will follow up their self-titled 2010 EP with the full-length debut, Tracks.
The band recorded the 11-song collection over the winter at the Lab of Chaos with Krisjan Leslie (Three Days Grace, Limblifter, the High Dials). According to a press release, the album offers "soaring three-part harmonies, swirling organs and jangly guitars set against singer Chris Picco's humourously dark lyrics."
The band members played nearly all of the parts themselves, even in cases where they didn't actually know how to play the instrument they were using.
"We'd borrow a banjo or lap steel or mandolin and took on the challenge to learn the parts as quickly as possible," said guitarist Dicky Strickland in a statement. "If the part fit, we kept it."
Stream the album cut "Election Day" at the bottom of the page.
Next month, Long Distance Runners will be promoting the album by touring the eastern half of Canada. Scroll past the tracklist to see the schedule.
1. Election Day
3. Treading Water
4. Sally Ann
5. If I Forget to Say I Love You
6. Credits Roll
7. You Don't Answer Anymore
8. The Island
9. Up the River
10. He Doesn't Stare into the Sun No More
11. A Short History of America
4/14 Moncton, NB - The Delta Ballroom (ECMA Breakout Stage)
4/14 Moncton, NB - The Delta Ballroom (MIAFest showcase)
4/17 Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe Tavern
4/18 Ottawa, ON - The Elmdale Tavern
4/19 Kingston, ON - The Mansion
4/20 Wakefield, PQ - Kaffe 1870
4/21 Montreal, PQ - Le Cagibi
4/24 Fredericton, NB - The Cedar Tree Cafe
4/25 Moncton, NB - Plan B
4/26 Halifax, NS - Michael's Bar and Grill
4/28 Sydney, NS - Governor's Pub