Tough Age - Repose (Mint Records): This Vancouver-spawned, Toronto-based indie rock trio releases its fourth album, Which Way Am I?, on Aug. 7, and this track is the first single.
In a label press release, vocalist/bassist Penny Clark explains that "Repose is me trying to write a song about peaceful things after all of my misery songs on the previous records. To me, Repose sounded like a calm and solitary night, so everything in that song happens at night."
With its insistent guitar groove (courtesy of Jarrett Evan Samson), the track, like so much of the band's repertoire, recalls the likes of the Velvet Underground and such Kiwi Flying Nun bands as The Clean and The Chills.
We have heard the rest of the new album, and it does show Tough Age expanding its sound, in convincing fashion.
Cultivating the collaborative approach of their last LP, Shame, this album finds Clark contributing lead vocals on three songs with music written by guitarist/vocalist Samson. Drummer Jesse Locke (Simply Saucer) round out the trio.
Establishing themselves locally while touring across Canada, the US and Japan, Tough Age are now a tight-knit group. “The three of us have played so much music together, I think we can just read each other's minds at this point,” says Clark.
Which Way Am I? was once again recorded with producer Peter Woodford at his Montreal studio the Bottle Garden (Homeshake, TOPS, Tess Roby) and mixed by Mint veteran Jay Arner.
Publicity: Ryan Dyck, Mint Records