w/ Alternative Rock Band Huron Lines
Hosted by Kim Cyr
Presented by NOW and THEN Magazine
The new single Bad Idea, by gritty Windsor rock quartet Huron Lines, is a grungy thrill ride of a rock song created during the pandemic with a fuzz pedal and a baritone ukulele about finding yourself at the edge and knowing that taking another step is a very bad idea. With radio support from Sharp 9 Music, the song will be pushed to Modern Rock / Active / Specialty Rock across Canada, and supported with regional touring, a live-performance video, and social media.
For many artists involved in Windsor, Ontario’s fertile scene, the cultural hub isn’t just separated by a straggling, emerald waterway, it’s divided via an international border.
When the Covid-19 pandemic shelved travel across the iconic Ambassador Bridge and the convenient Windsor/Detroit tunnel, working musicians, artists, content creators, and journalists had been swiftly cut off from collaborators, partners, and creative spaces vital to their craft.
Over nine tracks and 36-minutes, FOUND IN FLOODS, from Windsor, ON’s HURON LINES comes off as a direct response to our shared moment of disconnect, pause, and loneliness and transforms it into a visceral, bruised masterwork.
The angular and muscular “Working Band” touches on the unglamorous side of playing music, as vocalist/guitarist Dave Mueller focuses on restiveness and doubt. The guttural and dusty “Blacklight” gives attention to the often-unspoken plague of mental health suffered by men and the silence that often comes with it. Sonically inspired by one of Huron Lines’ influences, Sonic Youth, “Thurst” tells the tale of lovers parted by the Detroit River during the lockdown.
Unable to tour their debut, 2021’s LOST AT THE BORDER, or play “local” shows with friends in the Windsor / Detroit scene, Mueller began to focus his restless energy on writing new lyrics and song structures for what would become their sophomore LP. “Most of the songs started on my acoustic guitar,” he says. “I try to write daily, recording ideas to my phone and keeping that going nonstop every week. The number of voice memos was well into the hundreds.”
After sharing these skeletal ideas with drummer Nick Mitchell and sketching them out further, these new tracks were given the necessary enhancements by guitarist Grainger Harris and bassist/backup vocalist RJ Brando. “I finished the drums about 10 months before most of the other parts were done, so they were like new songs to me when we started mixing”, adds Mitchell. “Covid made writing and recording more challenging but it also gave us a lot of time to consider details and sonic approaches that we may not have otherwise been able to if not for the slowed-down nature of the entire process” shared Harris.
“Huron Lines have been releasing their killer alt-rock sound that has fans and the music industry taking notice as a new band to watch,'' says Kim Cyr, Editor in Chief for NOW and THEN Magazine, radio host, and host of the International Music's Journey Show. ‘’I had a chance to chat with vocalist/guitarist, Dave Mueller to talk about the new single and about the new album. This is one band that you will want to check out! I dive deeper into the lyrics of ‘’Blacklight'' the first single of the upcoming sophomore album ‘’Found In Floods'' which is due out later this month. I think it is so important to use our platforms to open up discussions about mental health. Dave is very candid about his own personal struggles during covid and how this song was written. I love this kind of interview where there is no subject off limits. I hope you all take the time to hear this interview so you too can open the dialog and hear some great music by Huron Lines.''
Tracklist for Found In Floods
- Uptown Get Around
- Physical Medical
- Send Me Away
- Bad Idea
- Working Band
- Restore You
- Matter of Fact
Huron Lines - Bad Idea (Official Audio)
Huron Lines - Blacklight (Official Music Video)