The Naysayers - Hope 
The Naysayers - Hope

Now before we get in to this, I must point out that if you click through to this band's Bandcamp page they do look a little like an early 80s group of serial killers from the backabeyond in Canada. I'm fairly sure they're not serial killers but I thought it only fair to warn you. In real life, the Naysayers are from Canada, from the remote Yukon peninsula next to Alaska to be precise, and they have been out on the road for quite some time. The album opens up with the fast paced folk'n'roll rattle of 'Cant' Love You Anymore' before 'Family Farm' brings a darker, moodier lilt with a mocking chorus that cries from the shadows as you walk down the deserted street with your collar up. 'C'mon C'mon' has a wild west feel albeit with a bleak, wintry feel while 'Hearts Parts' has a rich tone with the heart of Bruch Springsteen and more than a little Frank Turner behind the scenes.

As we reach 'Hope', the Dawson City quartet start to show their more tender side with a country infused acoustic ramble that gets beefed up in the choruses before the imaginatively title 'Hope Pt. 2' rolls around with a blend of Indigo Girls, Beautiful South and Michelle Shocked to the music. The moody, brooding lilt of 'Go' is only increased by the introduction of some booming drums and space between the guitar notes. You won't be surprised to hear that 'Wrecking Ball' is not a cover of the Miley Cyrus caterwauling but is in fact an organ smothered 50s rock ballad. 'Things', on the other hand, has a Mexican border kinda feel as each word to spat out through gritted teeth and years of frustration. The tenth and final track (perfect album length, well done) is 'Strike' which rattles and swaggers like Patti Smith jamming with Grinderman in an abandoned East End pub as a riot goes on outside the window. This album is the very epitome of music made by people with bigger horizons 
than the ones they were born within sight of. Music to escape your surroundings to, if you will.

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Live Dates:

29th September - The Brownstone, Orillia
1st October - 180 Projects, Sault Ste. Marie
3rd October - The Speakeasy, Sudbury
8th October - The Rainbow, Ottawa
9th October - Brasserie  Beaubien, Montreal
10th October - The Cellar, Fredericton
11th October - The Capital, Fredericton
15th October - CBTG's, St. John's
16th October - CBTG's, St. John's
17th October - The Levee, St. John's
18th October - The Back Lot, Corner Brook
20th October - Reflections Cabaret, Halifax
22nd October - Callahan's Pub, St. John
25th October - Eventide Art Hub (Early), New Glasgow
26th October - PEI - Baba's, Charlottetown
27th October - The Ward Room, Halifax

29th October - Plan B, Moncton