Toronto based indie rock three piece Tearjerker recently released their latest EP Hiding.
The group were born of the shared mindset that all three would contribute equally to the creative process. Everything from writing, recording-even all the band’s artwork comes completely from Tearjerker alone, and it’s this personal touch which ensures a comforting and relatable tone to the finished article.
With two albums and an EP already under their belt, the group’s sound is well established, each record a cacophony of surging, sprawling and layered melodies, the result of not only a shared creative mindset, but also a shared work ethic.
“We take pride in making a really cool product that we can hold” explains drummer Trevor Hawkins. “It’s as exciting for us as it is for someone who is a fan”.
New offering Hiding is sure to instil that excitement into Tearjerker fans whilst offering a preview of what may be expected from the group’s next album, set for release later this year.
From the onset the tone is intensely bitter sweet. Typical Tearjerker melodies, soft dreamy vocals, smooth keyboards complementing swirling guitar sounds, and it’s a theme which carries throughout.
First track Door opens with these pleasant twanging guitar tones which are soon accompanied by the soft, layered and pleasant vocal led by frontman Micha Bonte. It’s upbeat yet mellow. And did I mention pleasant? In fact, it’s very pleasant. And that carries through second and third tracks, Hand and Another Moon. And that’s what Tearjerker are-pleasant.
The mellow pleasantness (if pleasantness is a word) carries us in our dream-like state through to track four, You Can. The vocal here is youthful and choir-like, soothing in the same way as Groove Armada’s At The River. And whilst this is perhaps relaxing soft rock at it’s best, it simply remains, well…. Pleasant. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, or indeed being what may be perceived as an acquired taste. Guinness sells very well to those who like it, after all!
For those of us who may not be quite so clued in as to what it is that Tearjerker are all about, this EP may fail to leap out and grab us. And yet you cannot fail to enjoy it as a listening experience. It flows wonderfully well and and is clearly the creative brainchild of that shared mindset we touched upon earlier.
There is a rather sizable plus to Hiding. It will certainly leave you curious as to what the aforementioned forthcoming album will offer us. Perhaps that is where a diversity, evidently absent from this four-track EP will shine through. And it’s a healthy curiosity fuelled by the pleasantly captivating charm of Hiding.
Tearjerker fans will know exactly what to expect from this EP, and will not be disappointed. It showcases the natural strengths of the Toronto based trio and acts as a teaser for what’s to come.
Stay tuned for news of the new album, in the meantime Hiding is available right now via SQE.