First Listen: “Roads” by Isle of Ease

"This song has the anthemic, emotional pull of the best of songs."

“Roads” is the title track from Isle of Ease’s debut full-length album. “Like a few of the songs on the record, it’s one that I wrote a few years ago, so we’ve been playing it for quite a while now,” says Daniel McLean. “It feels like it’s grown into kind of an anthem for what the band is all about.”

“I remember when we first started talking about a full-length, it was never really a question what we would call it. It’s a song that has come to mean a lot to Adam and I, and now we hope that it resonates in some way with listeners.” It’s definitely got the anthemic, emotional pull of the best of songs.

“We wanted this song to be the first one folks heard from the album not only because it’s the title track, but because it’s just so representative of the record itself. There’s highs and lows, sections with only Adam and I playing, and sections with layers added courtesy of our wonderful friends.”

This track features friends of the band like Francis Dawson on synth and Amy Grainger on piano. “We also got our best buds Micah Brown and Steve White to come over to the studio one night, and the four of us stood in a circle around a microphone and sang our hearts out and drank beer for hours. The gang vocals and vibe we got out of that crazy session is my favourite part of the whole record.”

“We did all of the album with local St. John’s wizard, Krisjan Leslie. Krisjan truly went above and beyond with helping us out in so many ways, and we feel extremely fortunate that we were able to do this project with such a rad dude.”

You can catch their release show at The Rock House on December 27th, “where we’ll have good ol’ fashioned physical CDs for sale! Rising local star, Rough Hands, are playing the show with us and we couldn’t be more excited about it.”

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