Published Sep 29, 2014Having already released their debut EP, No Couth, No Class, No Nothin', back in 2011, Bruce Springsteen-indebted Halifax rockers the Stogies are no strangers to the East Coast music scene. Now, after a three-year gap in recording, the band are finally ready to issue their first full-length record. Hoot won't be out until October 7, but in the meantime you can stream the whole album on Exclaim.ca.
Arranged and recorded in March of this year, the band's second release found them teaming up with 2014 ECMA and Music Nova Scotia Award nominated recording engineer Erien Eady-Ward and hometown hero Jon Landry (of local pub rockers the Stanfields) at Halifax's Codapop Studios.
"Working with Mr. Landry was a game changer," guitarist Dave Driscoll said in a press release. "He worked us to the bone, but we were able to capture our best live performances and arrangements of the new material."
The album was mixed at the Sonic Temple by Darren Van Niekerk (Matt Mays, Hey Rosetta!) and was later sent off to Nashville to be mastered by John Baldwin (Deer Tick, the White Stripes) to give the record even more of a classic rock feel.
The result is 11 tracks of smoky swagger (album opener "Gift Horse"), barroom boogies ("Let It Bleed, Let It Play") and blue-collar rock ("Garbage Man," standout "Lucky He Got Money"). As the title suggests, it's a real hoot.
Listen for yourself in the player below, which you can find underneath the band's upcoming tour itinerary.
10/10 Fredericton, NB – The Capital
10/11 Saint John, NB – Peppers Pub
10/12 Quebec City, QC – L'Agitee
10/13 Montreal, QC – Barfly
10/14 London, ON –The APK
10/15 Toronto, ON – The Hideout
10/16 Guelph, ON – Van Gogh's Ear
10/17 Toronto, ON – The Underground Garage (10 p.m. set)
10/17 Toronto, ON – The Hideout (2 a.m. set)
10/24 Truro, NS – Champions
10/25 Sydney, NS – Governor's Pub
10/31 Port Hawkesbury, NS – The Carriage House
11/01 Antigonish, NS – The Spit Crow