The new record, Onondaga, is the band's second offering and comes out on May 15th.
With the new album comes a new beefier sound. The arrangements have been filled out, providing a lot more oomph than the debut record.
There's also a heavier leaning towards R&B elements. I'm talking about the cool Sam & Dave rhythm & blues, not the R. Kelly modern crap. That shines through from the opener, the hyperactive "Southend Man", a clattering number.
The title track lands us in a seriously deep, comfortable groove. "European Giver" makes no excuses for being a hook-laden number.
Harder rock elements creep in with the horns as well. "Wreck of the S.S. Colborne", as a result, sounds like more relaxed Rocket From The Crypt. The glorious "Tomorrow Morning Ain't Tonight" touches on Southern Rock. "This Ain't Your Town" goes back to the band's rootsier Blitzen Trapper-ish sound.
The Raccoon Wedding have really stepped up their game with Onondaga. The album should help distinguish themselves in a very busy southern Ontario indie rock scene.
The Raccoon Wedding play the Silver Dollar in Toronto on May 11th.
Best tracks: "Southend Man", "Onondaga"
Track listing for Onondaga:
- Southend Man
- Hungry Hounds
- Wreck of the S.S. Colborne
- European Giver
- Tomorrow Morning Ain't Tonight
- Oh Little Scoundrels
- Civil Warriors
- This Ain't Your Town
- The Letting
- The White Tide
- Swingin High