Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Racoon Wedding: "Onondaga" (album review)

Brantford, ON is known for two things: being the birthplace of Wayne Gretzky, and having more rodent nuptials than any other town in Canada.  So it shouldn't come as a surprise that there's a new album from Brantford's The Racoon Wedding on it's way.

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
  • Onondaga
  • European Giver
  • Tomorrow Morning Ain't Tonight
  • Oh Little Scoundrels
  • Civil Warriors
  • This Ain't Your Town
  • The Letting
  • The White Tide
  • Swingin High


Anonymous said...

love the whole album but swingin high is my fave

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