A BRIEF RESPITE FROM THE TERROR OF DYING, PRODUCED BY BRAD BARR, DUE OUT JUNE 23 VIA TONIC RECORDS
SUMMER TOUR DATES BEGIN JUNE 23
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Tavis E. Triance & The Natural Way are a multi-faceted project springing from the mind of singer songwriter Tavis E. Triance, formerly of the Royal Mountain Band and Spoon River. Due out June 23 his debut album, A Brief Respite From The Terror Of Dying, harnesses his love of themes of darkness, absurdity, and the unbridled madness of men, and imbues it with a lyricism and a swagger. Tavis's idiosyncratic vocals call to mind Bob Dylan as a tired cop in some old late night movie, Mick Jagger reeling off Randy Newman tunes, Dan Bejar as balladeer, or Cat Stevens on a quaalude binge.
The first single “All You Got Is People” began as a “backhanded attempt to grapple with the abrupt end of a wild hurricane swell I'd been swept up in,” says Triance. “My wife and I had been living in Montreal and were finding that the accumulation of these dangerous situations did not necessarily correspond to an accumulation of danger pay. As a result, we decided to split for the sake of psychic prosperity, but the move was both a physical one and an existential one for me. Despite the chaos and sheer atavism I had been participating in, I had found an inspiring, accepting sort of family in Montreal that I'd never found previously, or since. For better or for worse I had been imbued with a feeling of being unfettered by popular opinion and this, dear reader, is a very powerful feeling, indeed. It is the backlash that occurred – call it dislocation, disambiguation, call it contrast, call it anomie, call it what you will, it is this deep and bubbling wellspring of hatred, befuddlement, and confusion from whence this song came.”
The tracks on A Brief Respite From The Terror Of Dying gained shape and substance in the wet haze of a west coast winter, prompting Triance to reach out to his East Coast musical contingent. The wildly talented Brad Barr (The Barr Brothers) produced and participated in the recording of what would quickly become a cross continental album. Other friends were asked for their ideas and for their input and still other friends came on board.
Joining Triance in studio was Jeffrey Louch (The Royal Mountain Band, Spoon River), piloting what can only be described as a cockpit of vintage synth sounds; the indomitable Jason Kent (The Dears, Kandle, The Crooks) bringing his ear for arrangement and sun kissed harmony; and Seamus Cowan (Spoon River, The High Dials) teamed up with Mark “Bucky” Wheaton (Land Of Talk, Little Scream, Luyas) keeping rhythm and low end glued to the floorboards.
Naturally, these players helped to fully realize Tavis E. Triance & The Natural Way, lending Triance's songs a musicality and orchestration that call to mind Steely Dan playing songs from B-side Bad Finger or Pink Floyd cataloguing tunes from Tonight’s The Night.
Tavis Triance founded Spoon River in 2008 as a way of ‘getting back on the horse’ after the sudden, acrimonious split of The Royal Mountain Band, his up-and-coming Montreal outfit with a cult following. During a brush with the big screen, Triance appeared as Rick Danko in I’m Not There, the Todd Haynes 2007 biopic about Bob Dylan.
A BRIEF RESPITE FROM THE TERROR OF DYING TRACKLIST
All You Got Is People
Ok, What Next?
Bye-Bye To The Wicked One
Shoot Out The Eyes Of The Sun
If Beauty Were My Bluebird
Terrible Beauty (Really Ain’t All That Fun)
Red Eyes Of Sorrow
TAVIS E. TRIANCE & THE NATURAL WAY TOUR DATES
Jun 23 - Port Renfrew, BC - Tall Tree Music Festival
Jun 24 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
Jul 5 - Calgary, AB - Palomino
Jul 7-9 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
Jul 12 - Edmonton, AB - The Black Dog
Jul 14-15 - Ness Creek, SK - Ness Creek Festival