Ian Blurton Says Change of Heart Have Finished a New Album

The co-founder shares that "Everyone who was ever involved with COH are included"

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jul 13, 2023

The most recent studio LP from beloved Toronto rock vets Change of Heart remains 1997's Steelteeth, but that's about to change with news that the group's co-founders have finished work on a new album.

News of the forthcoming release, which would mark Change of Heart's first in over two decades, came from vocalist-guitarist Ian Blurton, who shared on Twitter that final mixes of new material have been wrapped.

"Finished up final mixes on new Change of Heart record [with] co-conspirator Rob Taylor last night," he wrote. "Had such a great time making this record, everyone who was ever involved with COH are included, 15 in all. Was great reconnecting with everyone and their contributions rule...."

Blurton — who has gone on to play with C'mon, Blurtonia, Ian Blurton's Future Now and Toronto supergroup UWUW — continued fielding questions from listeners online after breaking the news.

Speaking to the involvement of "everyone who was ever involved" with Change of Heart, the Exclaim!-defining artist described the forthcoming set as "a trip thru every line-up of the band."

Asked about the possibility of accompanying live shows, Blurton answered, "Not looking like it, some of the songs on the record would require a huge band to pull off. That said...you never know."

Until more album details emerge, find Blurton's reveal below.

In 2017, Change of Heart celebrated the 25th anniversary of fourth LP Smile with a vinyl reissue and a string of Canadian tour dates featuring the album's original musicians. Before that, the band played a series of reunion shows behind 2012 retrospective compilation There You Go '82 to '97.

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