The Capital Complex Presents:
The Stanfields and The Hypochondriacs
Charlotte Street Arts Centre
Doors 8 // Show 9
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It's pretty obvious what The Stanfields are singing about on their explosive new album, Limboland: "A line was drawn in the sand by a fool with a big stick and tiny hands/He promised a wall, talked about greatness and dared to speak for me." That has the band fired up big-time, plain-speaking, and plain-rocking: "I'm not afraid of the world," comes the answer. The Stanfields are back, and ready to sing out loud and clear. "There's so much going on in the world, there's so much uncertainty, I think it's important that we're speaking in a really clear voice," says lead singer
and songwriter Jon Landry. Limboland is the fifth album for the Halifax-based band, which sees them take an unflinching look at the negative forces that threaten rights and liberties for all, while doing it all with their trademark swirl of guitars, pounding drums, fiddle and rowdy energy.
Like Frankenstein’s monster drunk on whiskey sours, The Hypochondriacs resurrect classic country vibes with a strange and modern twist. Weaving together the emotional balladry of country legends like Hank Williams and George Jones with the high-octane stage presence of Memphis rockabilly and undercoated with the saccharine sounds of ’50s doo-wop, it’s a sound that’s at once familiar and refreshing. Lead singer Josh Bravener has music in his blood, accompanying his father, an Elvis impersonator, out on the road from the tender age of six. Armed with songs about the crushing heartbreak of love and the love/hate relationship with the bottle, Bravener and his brother Aaron started the Hypochondriacs in 2012 and have been relentlessly hitting the stage ever since. Playing hundreds of shows – from intimate acoustic house shows to hitting the stage of the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto – and winning hearts in the process, the now-quintet has solidified itself as a high-energy whirlwind that you just can’t peel your eyes away from.