Music Review: Quiet Parade - Old Haunts

Not so quiet any more, now that Trevor Murphy's Halifax project has gelled into a full band. This latest E.P. sees the five-piece add some meat and a little volume to his mellow march. Produced by Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, Gabrielle Pappilon), it's a feast of beauty, shrouded in a little fog and some of the Murphy melancholy.

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Lead number on the five-track disc, Ghosts, is actually up and poppy, featuring bright guitar and a chugging, big drum attack from Pinky Pothier, plus lots of harmonies and some vocal call-and-response from Ms. Grant herself. But the manifesto can also be found here, Murphy telling us "I got ghosts that haunt my life and I swore I would never be like them/Oh but I'm like them." He's sometimes looking back with regret, while on closer Feel Young, it's the future that's haunting him: "I may be young in age but I'm old at heart, and I'm beginning to fall apart."

Murphy even tackles the East Coast dilemma, the jobs drying up and the towns closing down, in Edge Of The Ocean: "One by one all the children are leaving/they've got no reason to say/And this tiny little town at the edge of the ocean/is starting to lose its way." Sad, yes, but the parade is still wonderful to watch, and a treat for the ears, with its rich sounds and bright colours. Tears of a clown.

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About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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