Jess Buick, Contributor Ω
Hamilton-based band The Reason will be bringing their energetic, eclectic sound to The Blue Grotto on Nov. 28. Since the band’s formation in 2003, The Reason has experimented greatly with genres, ranging from a harder post-punk sound from their 2007 release Things Couldn’t Be Better to a more indie folk-rock style with their latest EP Hollow Tree.
“If we had huge success with our first album and a particular style, maybe we would’ve stuck with it,” said lead singer Adam White. “Because we didn’t, we had more of an opportunity to expand our sound and experiment.”
White expresses the band’s excitement about the upcoming Western Canada tour, with fellow Anthem label mates, Thee Attacks, hailing from Denmark.
“We are all feeling really good about the tour, it’s going to be a classic Canadian winter tour,” White said. “Let’s just hope we don’t get snowed in.”
Thee Attacks will be opening the show with their sharp and crispy Black Keys-esque style. Combining with high energy of The Reason, the show promises not to disappoint.
“It was convenient that they were on the same label,” White said. “After listening to Thee Attacks’ album, we knew that they were the perfect band to tour with.”
The Reason has toured Canada many times, supporting well-known Canadian acts such as Hollerado, and has collaborated with Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara on their single We’re So Beyond This.
Their House Party tour marked their tenth anniversary and The Reason opted to trade in their wheels for something different – the train.
“The train tour was definitely a cool experience,” White said. “Playing in the homes of our fans was a really interesting. The crowd was different every night.”
The House Party tour was sponsored by VIA Rail, Long and McQuade and Steam Whistle. As they toured, The Reason filmed their experiences in the hopes of being able to make a documentary showing what touring is like and to tell a story about the band. They launched a Pledge Project on June 10 with hopes of collecting funds to produce a quality DVD.
“I was overwhelmed by the support, we launched the project, and within three days we had 50 per cent of our goal reached,” White said. “It made me feel great about the release and we’re hoping to have it out in the spring of 2014.”
It looks like Kamloops will have an excellent reason to get down to The Blue Grotto on Thursday night. Thee Attacks and The Reason are set to impress with the combination of dynamic and driving sets that will no doubt appeal to their crowd.