Fans with a hankering for new material from Toronto roots-rock ensemble Rattlesnake Choir are about to be in luck — the group have announced their third full-length album. Titled The Prospector's Curse, the new record will arrive on September 25 via Cameron House Records.
The project began as the soundtrack to Western-inspired horror flick from Toronto filmmaker Josh Hiese, but the band were so pleased with the results that they fleshed out some of the soundtrack tunes, added fresh lyrics and are ready to release it as Rattlesnake Choir's third LP. It follows 2008's Live Music and 2011's Walkin' the Wire.
Unlike the previous albums, though, the group made the jump into modern times by abandoning their analogue-only recording process for one that includes a bit more experimentation through overdubs.
All the old gang is back together, with the group composed of John Borra (A Neon Rome, Change of Heart), Sam Ferrara (the Ugly, Viletones), Tony Benattar (Cameron Family Singers), Micahel Boguski (Blue Rodeo, the Beauties) and Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers) — as well as featured vocalist and live addition Dani Nash.
To get an early impression of what the new record sounds like, Exclaim! is streaming the premiere of the album's lead track "Slow Sad Blues." It's a twangy, keys-driven ditty that — as one might suspect — delivers a rueful tale of an urban cowboy being down in the dumps. Give it a listen below.