54-40 have always opted to go their own way by making records that feel natural in relationship to their time, their place and their mood. In 1986 the Vancouver quartet created their self-titled first album for Warner/Reprise. After more than 20 years of consistently creating some of Canada?s most recognizable and memorable classic alternative rock, the latest chapter in the history of this prolific band is the release of their tenth studio recording Goodbye Flatland. It?s a sonic reminder of why 54-40 is so deeply rooted in the fabric of our music scene and what makes the band so good.
With any great rock group it always comes down to the sum of parts. While it?s easy to say 54-40 defines this statement ? it?s the relentless power and rhythm of drummer Matt Johnson and bassist Brad Merritt, the crafty edge of Phil Comparelli?s guitar work and the signature phrasing, timbre and lyrical muse of lead singer Neil Osborne that drives the point home. Collectively, all of these elements resonate within the 11 tracks of Goodbye Flatland. A thoughtful and supercharged collection of material that sizzles with the snap crackle and pop of post modern intensity, and something else. It?s a certain kind of feeling that only a 54-40 can deliver ? very familiar to the group?s legions of fans and a seductive introduction for new recruits.
Their music displays the group?s top shelf song writing skills and ever maturing pop craftsmanship.
After almost two decades in the musical trenches, 54-40 shows no sign of slowing down.
Don?t miss out on seeing this great band in Tumbler Ridge at Grizfest July 31, 2004. For more information phone 250-242-4246. www.grizfest.com
Check out their webpage at www.54-40.com