One thing I love about running this blog is that it's always helping me discover new things to share with my little corner of the internet. Today, I introduce you to my newest favourite band: Stonetrotter. Based in Barrie, Stonetrotter has toured with artists like Born Ruffians and Taylor Knox. Their second EP, The Truth Don't Look the Same to Me and You, was released just a couple months ago in November 2014.
A smooth, steady beat underlines the whole album that makes you want to tap your foot in time or clap along. The record starts off with atmospheric electric guitar and twinkly keyboards, but by the second song a harmonica chimes in and evokes the inspiration of traditional folk and roots music. The two styles are seamlessly integrated to create a unique sound that puts a twist on the usual indie folk.
Full, rich harmonies; heartfelt lyrics; and sweet, nostalgic melodies ensure that Stonetrotter's second album is full of peaceful, intimate songs. The Truth Don't Look the Same to Me and You has an authentic, down-home feel behind it. This is the kind of music you want to listen to with candles burning softly.
Perhaps that intimate, small-town feel came out of the band's creative process. Songwriter Dave Allen reminisces about the album's early days.
"Throughout the winter of 2014 we headed to Avening, Ontario for our first session recording with our friend/producer/engineer Andrew Shropshire. This was at his family's farm, it was gorgeous. We cooked food, enjoyed the view of the escarpment, drank wobblies, and got work done into the wee hours of the morning. We kept almost everything about the production of the album between our community of friends and artists here in Barrie. There's a lot of talent here, and it's really rewarding to be able to share, absorb, and work with each other on projects."
It's easy to tell that adding a personal touch is one of the things Dave loves most about songwriting, but how that touch ultimately connects with listeners is totally in the ears of the beholder.
"Any one song can mean so many different things to so many different people. A sad and depressing song could bring you joy and excitement; perhaps not because of the words themselves but for the connection that exists with the time and place and feelings in your life when you first heard it. Or a song could be happy as shit, and it makes you happy to know that somebody could create such a song, and you can dance to it. It's a mystery, it's magic. Whatever it is, it makes you feel and think and move. That's what I love about songwriting and music."
Want to hear Stonetrotter for yourself? Head to the Cameron House on January 23 (a week tomorrow!) to get acquainted live and in person.