Since the breakup of his band Local Rabbits, Montreal-raised/Toronto-based songwriter Peter Elkas has released a pair of solo LPs, most recently 2007's Wall of Fire. On February 22, he will put out his third solo disc, Repeat Offender, via New Scotland Records.
Fans of Elkas's timeless songwriting style are sure to be pleased by this latest album, as a press release says that it is "as loyal as ever to the rock'n'roll sounds that ring truest to his psyche." It was recorded mostly in Elkas's basement with co-producer Ian McGettigan (Thrush Hermit), with additional sessions taking place at Toronto's Giant Studio.
The album is reportedly "a romantic, 'buddy rock' album" that stylistic cues from Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, Allen Toussaint, Sam Cooke and Frankie Valley. It "contains jams that should burst forth from FM rock radio or get an arena full of rock fans up and catching a groove to music from the heart."
In the four years since his last album, Elkas has been running his own dog-walking business, and "genuinely questioned whether he should continue to make music at all, the melancholy fuelled in part by the dissolution of his relationship with label, MapleMusic, but also feeling lost in an age of socially mediated music."
You can see the album cover above and the tracklist below. Go here for a free download of the slinky, horn-laden first single, "Cool Thing to Do."
2. "Cruel Thing to Do"
3. "Blue Of You"
4. "Tiny Valentine"
7. "Repeat Offender"
10. "Cool Thing to Do"