Dead leaves, bare trees, redemption, and resurrection are embodied in the fuzz-fueled guitars, violin, and vocal harmonies of Toronto/Honey Harbour band Long Branch’s sound. Formed in 2014, the band is stacked five-high with members from beloved Canadian combos, Adaptor 45, Chicken Milk, The Good Family, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, and Venus Cures All.
Long Branch’s sound emerges from a solid guitar bedrock, with haunting violin voicings and the layered harmonies of the band’s four formidable frontwomen supported by nuanced, driving rhythms. Introspective, moody, and evocative, Long Branch songs are narratives of overcoming hardship. Yet the songs are hopeful: A whisper of sadness appears one moment only to be blown away by grit and determination.
The band just recently released their debut full-length album, Founding the Setting Sun, on boutique label DWRecords, home to Michelle McAdorey’s Polaris Prize long-listed album, Into Her Future.
Long Branch recorded Founding the Setting Sun at Noble Street Studios throughout 2016-17 in a series of sessions helmed by Executive Producer, Gavin Brown. Co-produced by Long Branch and Shaddy Roman, the album gathers ten songs from the group’s repertoire, and expands on the sound the band first introduced to audiences with their self-released 7″ single, “Lucky Me/Just in Case” in 2015.