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Today, The Olympic Symphonium are sharing “Coat Of Arms”, the first new music from the band since 2014’s Chance To Fate. Recorded at The Old Confidence Lodge with engineer Diego Medina (Chad VanGaalen, Jon McKiel, Shotgun Jimmie) and featuring additional vocals by Jennah Barry, “Coat Of Arms” is “a song that wrestles with figuring out an identity and then bringing that individual into relationships,” says Graeme Walker. “What qualities do we gain or lose in ourselves by becoming this character? And how do those qualities evolve and change over time?”
The Olympic Symphonium have been trudging through the murkier depths of the Canadian music stream since 2005. Consisting of four distinct and diverse songwriters, the band has crafted a full, lush sound that is entirely their own. A sound that features emotional musical flourishes, soaring harmonies that float in and out, and dramatic lyrical content. It is the sound of a strange and beautiful tension.
Whether it's the complexity of family life, the inevitability of death, the mundanity of life on the road, or struggles with mental illness, each band member writes with their own life experiences in mind and combines those with that of the other members in a Voltron like fashion to form one strong and varied body of work. Four become one to create a singular vision and sound. It's the sound of a band not afraid to go deep into the darkness, go against the current and swim upstream.
Though the band has toured Europe several times, performed at world-renowned events (the Olympic Winter Games, Pop Montreal, and Liverpool Sound City to name a few), and joined forces with an international label, the past couple years have been spent concentrating on their home province of New Brunswick. Specifically, the band has been developing the highly successful Shivering Songs winter festival they curate.
The band is currently prepping their fifth record for release and organizing the 2018 Shivering Songs festival.