by Nilabjo Banerjee
Pride of Lindsay, Ontario (other than Ron Ellis), The Strumbellas hosted an invite-only party for the local bloggers and media folk to celebrate the new album We Still Move on the Dance Floors, coming out next Tuesday. The nearly packed room, with poutine and beer in hand, was ready to hear the tracks off the Ryan Haddock (The Lumineers) produced gem.
As soon as the band started the vocal harmonies of “Sailing”,one thing was clear: THEY can sing! Big harmonies, catchy choruses and bluegrass-fused rock is what The Strumbellas do best, and they were on their game tonight. The barefoot and bearded Simon Ward was under the weather (he joked his vocals were in survivor zone), but that didn’t down his spirits or sense of humour. The perfect blending of the instrumentation on the record translated even better live. There were times when the bass drum was competing with the loud thumping of the stage courtesy of David Ritter (keyboard, vocals). I love that guy!
Stream the new record We Still Move on the Dance Floors HERE