Two years after the first demos for the album were recorded, Cape Breton rock group The High Tide sees their hard work come to fruition with the release of their debut album this Friday night. The ten song album, recorded with Mark Scott at Smashbox Studios in Dominion, sees the band bring together a mix of songs that span the life of the group.
“‘In Love with this Town’ was our very first song, and ‘Listen Up Children’ is actually a song the predates the band entirely,” says Joe Costello, singer for the band and local promoter who books events at The Fox Den and previously at the Elks Lodge. “On the other end, ‘Paper Airplanes’ began in the pre-production sessions and the lyrics were completed during the actual recording process.”
The group, which began in April 2010, originally featured Costello and bassist Clayton D’Orsay, along with drummer Adam Day. After a few drummer changes, Petit-de-Grat’s Dale Landry settled in and lead guitarist Mike O’Brien completed the group. With this lineup, the band has developed a full sound that touches on folk, punk, rock, and indie music, with just a touch of traditional Celtic permeating.
Thematically, Costello says the band explores social issues that they see around them. “We write about what we know. A lot of my friends have moved away and came back, moved away and came back. We’ve lost two drummers that way. I’ve lost some friends to living a hard life and making some bad decisions. I’ve worked in a call centre, we’ve all been through the struggle to find jobs that many Capers have had.”
The band will play Friday, June 27, at Governors Pub alongside their friends The Jaynes and Analog Signal. The album, titled Cha Bhi Fois Aire Math An Tobair Gus An Traighe E for a Gaelic proverb meaning “the value of the well is not known until it goes dry”, will be on sale at the event as well as online at thehightide.bandcamp.com. Admission for the show is $8, with doors at 10pm and music to begin shortly after.