Now the real work begins for Nova Scotia rock band Gloryhound.
With their latest record Loaded Gun still relatively new on store shelves (it was released on June 23), the vacation for one of Atlantic Canada’s hardest working bands is coming to an end.
Speaking from his family’s cottage in Rural Nova Scotia last week, Gloryhound guitarist-vocalist Evan Meisner acknowledges that the band’s recent time off has been nice but that he and band mates David Casey, Shaun Hanlon and Jeremy MacPherson anxiously await the opportunity to return to the road.
“We are living the calm before the storm, right now,” Evan declares.
Performing at Moncton’s Plan b Lounge tonight, their Metro show is one of 19 dates scheduled between now and the end of August. Not that the band is arguing, mind you.
The road has undoubtedly played a major role in Gloryhound’s career breakthrough thus far. The band’s prior two releases, Leave It Alone and the Electric Dusk EP helped to solidify the band’s reputation for hard-driving rock and roll. In addition to headlining their own shows coast to coast, the group shared the stage with musical luminaries like Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy but also landed key support slots with Nickelback, Sam Roberts and Big Wreck.
Evan says that the significant amount of experience that the band has gained from performing live was translated to the songs heard on Loaded Gun.
“We had a lot of time between Electric Dusk and this newest record. We played a lot of shows but also had time to grow as writers. It is like we had the perfect amount of time to mature and explore different musical directions without losing the ‘sound’ of the band. I feel as though this record is much more dynamic than what we have done in the past.”
To help bring their first full-length record to life, the band hired Canadian producer Garth Richardson, arguably most famous for his work with Rage Against The Machine, Hedley and Kiss. The son of famed producer Jack Richardson (Alice Cooper, The Guess Who), Garth first saw Gloryhound live in 2013 and while he told the band that he liked what he heard, he was also rather blunt with them:
“Garth came to see us play in Toronto and told us that he liked what he saw and that he felt we had four or five really good songs in our back pockets but that we were going to need a lot more,” Evan recalls. “We ended up writing a total of 35 songs and then narrowing that down to 11 tracks.”
Asked to describe working with the producer, Evan speaks glowingly about the band’s experience:
“Garth is a bit of a slave driver but that’s what you need in the studio,” Evan says. “The fact of the matter is, he works harder and plays harder than we typically do. Not only that, he really dives into the project whole-heartedly. He certainly pushed us to make the best record that we could.”
The production star power behind Loaded Gun didn’t stop at the producer’s chair. Once the album was completed, Garth sent a rough mix of the record to renowned producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss) who soon came on board to mix the album.
“It was kind of an intimidating experience to work with these world-class producers especially at this stage in our career,” Evan says. “We feel nothing but fortunate for having had the opportunity.”
What: Gloryhound with The Damn Truth and Grandola!
When: Friday July 18, 9:00 p.m.
Where: Plan b Lounge, 212 St. George St., Moncton