Odd Years: “The Way That You Were” (Missed Connections): Guelph has long been known as the home of a thriving independent music scene, one in which members tend to be active with multiple projects
Odd Years certainly exemplifies that, as the quintet comprises members of Cuff The Duke, Lowlands, Minotaurs, and Alanna Gurr & The Greatest State. A second album, Slow Clap , is to be released on local label Missed Connections (Del Bel) on April 14th. Three of its tracks have already been premiered on various outlets, and we’re especially partial to “The Way That You Were.”
Insistent guitars deliver catchy riffs, with tight vocal harmonies proving an ideal complement. Nothing extraneous here, and the result will bring a smile to your dial. There’s a power pop meets classic 70s rock feel to the sound, with Sloan and Badfinger being reference points.
Band member AJ Johnson recently explained that “The song is a juxtaposition of my adult self reflecting on my childhood, a simpler time when I had less responsibility and could take the day as it came. I often feel that my plate fills up and this song reminds me to slow down (at the same time the energy of the song pumps me up)."
Odd Years plays a release show at eBar in Guelph on April 28, followed by gigs at Woodstock's the Pub (May 4), Toronto's Rivoli (May 5), and in Hamilton on May 6 (venue tba).