DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Hunter Sheridan and his band West Hammock will be releasing a new album on Friday, June 10.
The local Durham band will be holding a release party at the Moustache Club in Oshawa for their second full length album. The band’s drummer Ryan Mead told The Standard that this album, titled Wanderlost, is much different from their first one.
“The songwriting is a little more sophisticated and we put a little more thought into the instrumentation,” he said. “The last record was very acoustic sounding, so in this we embrace more electric guitar sounds and electric piano sounds.”
Mr. Sheridan agreed, mentioning that the album is a “total 180” from what they have done in the past.
Doors open for the release show at 8 p.m., with the show beginning at 9 p.m. Local artist Rory Taillon will be opening the show and the party will also feature folk rock band Wild Rivers.
There will also be copies of Mr. Sheridan’s recent solo project, ‘October Wild’ at the show.
“There was a lot of work that went into (October Wild), it took a lot of time to organize, so it was really cool to see it all come together and have the physical copy in my hand,” Mr. Sheridan said.
West Hammock also recently recorded an off-the-floor live session at Manantler Craft Brewery in Bowmanville and expect to release one of the videos from that before the release show.
Following the release of the album, the band will be going on a cross Canada tour, with stops from Montreal to Vancouver. Mr. Sheridan said that this is the biggest tour that the band has ever done.
“Originally our keyboard player and I did a little tour on the east coast of the United States, but we haven’t done too much touring since then. So now that we have the full arrangement of the band, we decided to take this album on tour and see how it does across Canada,” he said.
The band will start the tour with a show at the Old Flame Brewery in Port Perry on Canada Day, Friday, July 1.
“It is probably going to be a little more relaxed than some of our other shows, it is going to be more of a holiday atmosphere outside,” Mr. Mead said.
Mr. Sheridan said that he has seen the band’s popularity increase recently. “Over the last six months it has been double-fold in growth,” he said. “It has been nice to see the people indulge themselves in what we are doing.”
For more information on the band, tour dates or to listen to and download their music, visit www.westhammock.com.
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