As some of you don't know, our Bassist Matt Coldwell has decided to pursue his passion for music at the University of Toronto and we couldn't be more excited for him. He'll be studying Jazz while he's there and honing his skills in a variety of different ensembles.
Rotary Park continues without him, though it's a big space to fill and we will definitely miss our friend. But we've got some extremely talented buds who are up to the task and we're not skipping a beat. Expect to see us at our weekly residencies at the Mikey'sJuke Joint locations as well as other shows in town and all around Southern Alberta. We are currently booking shows for the next few months and into the new year and we're looking forward to seeing you at an event very soon. Check back often for more details on upcoming shows and open mic schedules.
Huge thanks to everyone who came out and made last night's Backyard Bash such a stellar time. Everything was perfect and I am honored to have such great friends donate their talents to make an event like that happen. I really cant thank you all enough. Let's do it again real soon!
We begin our new weekly Wednesday residency tonight at Mikey's Juke Joint & Eatery. It is an absolute honour to be taking over this Sunalta live music cornerstone from one of our favourite Calgary songwriters: Mr. Carter Felker. Join the music-making & make your middle of the week count with us.
I started writing Sad City Noise a few years before Rotary Park had even finished recording its first album. I remember getting stuck on what to do with it so it, so the melody just sort of sat on the shelf gathering dust. Years later I was driving with my younger brother Kieran when we noticed a gloomy looking downtown with a churning industrial foreground. At some point the phrase "sad city noise" was uttered and something just clicked. I got back to work on the song in Fox Harbour, Nova Scotia that summer.
The more I wrote, the more I started to be reminded of my older brother. The way he seemed crushed by the inequality he saw while we prepared food at the drop-in centre downtown, or the way he was driven by an almost dangerous sense of social justice. I remember him exhausting himself in his pursuit of a better, freer world. This song is about him and people like him who personally take on the weight of the world. I would hate to know what life would be like if people like that didn't exist.
I don't see my brother much anymore since he's studying film in England, but we talk when we get the chance and I'm always glad to see he hasn't let anything stop him, or even slow him down. he's always been a huge source of inspiration to me personally, so it's not a big surprise I ended up writing a song about him and the way he struggled with the immensity of this world and all its problems. Here's hoping the two of us can get a pint together in a pub in London sooner rather than later.