Charlottetown pop band Two Hours Traffic are hoping to capitalize on the momentum gained with their 2007 breakthrough record Little Jabs with their brand new record Territory, which hit store shelves this past Tuesday.
Two Hours Traffic guitarist Alec O’Hanley says that recording Territory was unlike their previous efforts in a few different ways.
“Our new record is the first one that we had the opportunity to do proper demos and pre-production work. It was nice to have that luxury, to be able to step back and take stock of what we had,” O’Hanley notes from his home in Prince Edward Island.
“I think we were a lot more confident with our song writing this time around and got to stretch our legs a little more than on Little Jabs. That being said, I don’t think our new record is too much of a drastic departure from where we were at on Little Jabs.”
For their new record, the band teamed up for a second time with Halifax’s Joel Plaskett who also produced Little Jabs.
O’Hanley acknowledges there is a certain comfort in working with Plaskett and that it was natural for them to choose him again as their producer.
“Joel had a crucial role in producing us. He offered us a sober second look at the songs and we got to swap ideas with him back and forth on a consistent basis. His vision of pop isn’t too different from our own so we involved him in most aspects of making Territory,” O’Hanley says.
The band did much road-work to support Little Jabs, including trips to the UK, New York City and the opportunity to play the prestigious South By Southwest Music Festival in Texas.
This international exposure helped the band land some of their songs in TV shows such as Smallville and The OC.
“Music videos seem to be played so rarely these days, even on supposed music video channels. So getting our music out via different TV shows is fantastic for helping us gain exposure to people who might not have our music otherwise.”
And with the tour schedule Two Hours Traffic will be undertaking over the next two months, expect to hear their music popping up in more places than ever before.
Their shows in New Brunswick are the first two shows of a cross-country tour that concludes on October 24 with a hometown show in Charlottetown.
Get out and see Two Hours Traffic in relatively small venues while you still have the chance to do so.
Two Hours Traffic will be performing in Saint John at UNBSJ on Friday September 11 while they will trek to Fredericton for a show at St. Thomas University the next evening.
On the web: www.twohourstraffic.com