There is an apparent pent-up musical energy just waiting for ‘release’ as The Carleton will host a quintet of new album parties over two weeks.
First up is Halifax-based electronic post-punk loop duo Lashes celebrating their album When The Internet Calls with a show on September 24. Ottawa’s Graven (Matty McKechnie), in town recording his own album, will open.
A few days later, Halifax pop-rock band Quiet Parade celebrates its new(ish) album, The Will To Weather The Storm. The September 30 concert will include an opener from Halifax’s Good Dear Good and a promised special guest that they are keeping under wraps for now.
Released via Acadian Embassy on September 18, the ten-track Quiet Parade album features the band’s lead single, We Were Here.
The next night, eclectic Dartmouth-based band quiet hill, which spells its name in lower case, celebrates its first album, Not Always Quiet.
Influenced by its band members’ musical diversity, the eight-song album fused with little bits of Motown, punk, pop, funk, prog, gospel, ska, folk, jazz, ambient, and new wave.
The October 1 concert will include a performance by Halifax-based Jade Bennett with her own eclectic mix of everything from haunting lullabies to vengeful acoustic pop.
On October 6, New Brunswick’s alternative indie artist and five-time International Songwriting Competition finalist Adyn Townes returns to The Carleton to celebrate the release of his new EP, In Frames 2B.
The four-song EP continues his slow-burn lead-up to his full-length album In Frames, exploring the stories and relationships behind closed doors or open windows of each unit in an apartment.
“We often only see glimpses into other people’s lives through the windows we pass on the street, and it was these stories that inspired In Frames,” says Townes. “I think before the pandemic, no one saw themselves in these moments—but from first loves to forever loves, our stories are more similar than they are different.”
Just a couple of days later, The Carleton welcomes back Halifax-based Daniel James McFadyen to celebrate the release of his new album, August, I’m Yours.
The singer-songwriter began his musical journey playing in pubs in and around the Annapolis Valley before his 2019 Nova Scotia tour brought him some musical notoriety. His upbeat storytelling mixed with his interactive performances continues to make him a crowd favourite across the province.
Editor’s Note (23 September): This article was revised to correctly identify Quiet Parade’s new album name.