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Label: Self Produced
Revolution Blues; Say You Love Me; The Righteous and the Wicked; Ballad of the Arboghast; House On Fire; The Void Becomes You; Fly By Night; Niagara; Porcelain; Love Is On The Line.
Chelsea McBride: tenor sax, conductor, composer; Colleen Allen: soprano and alto saxophones, piccolo, flute, alto flute; Naomi Higgins: soprano and alto saxophones, flute, alto flute; Alison Young: tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet; Patrick Smith: tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet; Conrad Gluch: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto flute; James Rhodes: trumpet, flugelhorn; Justin See: trumpet, flugelhorn; Tom Upjohn: trumpet, flugelhorn; Kaelin Murphy: trumpet, flugelhorn; William Carn: trombone; Aidan Sibley: trombone; Jill Richards: trombone; Nicholas Sieber: bass trombone, tuba; Alex Samaras: voice; Chris Bruder: piano; David Riddel: guitar; Steven Falk: upright and electric basses; Geoff Bruce: drums.
While our previous album, The Twilight Fall, is not mandatory listening to understand the concept of this recording, it might help you gain an understanding of where we come from to start at what really is the beginning of the story. Before, we took you through the life cycle of you, and with Aftermath, we visit what happens after the end; in the orange skies and purple clouds of the temperate dreamworld a part of you inhabits. I had the privilege of spending a few weeks at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and it is there that the majority of this recording crystallized. “Revolution Blues” had already been composed, inspired by the 2016 US presidential election, and this is where we begin: in a world so divided, we can't even begin to see each others' sides. A world where there is no middle ground. Aftermath is the story of conflict in all its forms: macro and micro, internal and interpersonal. It's an exploration of the things that we do to each other out of hurt, and the consequences of those actions. Being an artist is so close, sometimes, to ripping your heart out of your chest and offering to the world. With every new song, every new listener, every new improvisation, you ask: can you hold this in your heart? Can you love it? Can you accept what I have to offer? Is this good enough? The works found on this album were meant to be dark, and scary. Conflict is never an easy thing to explore. But I can't look at all the hurt that inspired this recording without remembering that even in the worst moments...somehow there is hope. People are inherently good. We may gravitate to the negative at times, but we could use a little more practice of love and gratitude. To remember that if we don't teach, no one learns, and if we don't open, no one loves. Consider this, then, an invitation; to find silver linings in clouds, warmth in grey days, safe harbour in dark times. And a call to action, to be true to your word: to own your actions, and your commitment to a better place. No one person has all the answers, all things right, all things good. But you are much stronger when you're not alone. This album is best heard under a purple sky with orange clouds, in a cabin on stilts overlooking a body of water, accented by the sound of rain on a rooftop or static on the radio and television. Revolution Blues was inspired by the 2016 US presidential election and its surrounding commentary, and features Aidan Sibley and myself in a musical debate. Say You Love Me is the moment when you've packed all your bags and you're standing at the door, looking back at your former partner, wondering if it all was worth it in the end. Alison Young narrates the internal monologue, as you internally take stock of how much went wrong over the years. The Righteous And The Wicked is about trusting in the idea that the righteous man is delivered from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead (Proverbs 11:8). Ballad of the Arboghast is a love letter to the creators of The Expanse (the TV show and book series), and specifically the crew of the eponymous ill-fated spaceship. Tom Upjohn takes the place of the ship's captain, and tells the ending of their story. An ode to capitalism, House On Fire is about the current state of our economy and our relationship with profit, colonialism, and the environment. Told from the point of view of the businessman, Conrad Gluch and Geoff Bruce dive into the intended (and unintended) consequences of the search for eternally expanding profits. The Void Becomes You features Patrick Smith and Chris Bruder navigating the grieving process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Imagine being suddenly let loose in outer space, running out of oxygen, and suddenly having to come to terms with your demise - regardless of the state of affairs you left behind. Fly By Night and Niagara are a two part suite illustrating the two poles of bipolar disorder: mania and depression. From feeling on top of the world, to feeling impossibly anxious, to anger and fragility, Fly By Night takes you through the magical and the terrifying parts of mania - only to land underneath the surface of a frozen Niagara Falls, in the middle of a brutal Ontario winter, waiting for the melt. Porcelain was written in response to the beginnings of the "me too" movement, and features Naomi Higgins, Colleen Allen, and Alex Samaras navigating the unfriendly parts of the patriarchy and its gaze. And Love Is On The Line is one version of what happens when you finally work through all this conflict and unrest. It's about the moment in which you meet someone you love enough to be completely open and vulnerable to - about the moment when you pop the question: will you marry me?
Album uploaded by Chelsea McBride