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

Richard C. Lambert said...

It was easy for Aidz and Karen to decide on their theme. Having been a couple since college, they both knew what they loved most - music and the beach. songs wedding