Winnipeg indie rockers Hearing Trees
are set to release their sophomore EP ‘Dear Sahara’ on August 28th and to celebrate, they’re releasing the video for the first single – the frenetic, captivating track ‘Sahara.’ Watch the video here.
The band will also embark on a Canadian Tour in support of the EP, starting in Brandon on September 11th
and ending back in Winnipeg on October 2nd
with an Album Release Show at The West End Cultural Centre. See below for a full listing of tour dates.
Known for incorporating slam-style poetry into performances, Hearing Trees takes you from anxiety-laced post-punk to uplifting sing-along choruses that garner comparisons to Interpol, Matthew Good, R.E.M, and Tragically Hip. Frontman Graham Hnatiuk’s backdrop of reference-filled lyrics grasp the gritty, dry edge of modern life — from Canadian soldiers coming home from the Spanish civil war, to kayaking in the Arctic Circle, through a swath of eclectic shards of culture.
Their sophomore EP, ‘Dear Sahara,’ produced by Michael P Falk (Les Jupes, Head in the Sand) is a marked evolution in maturity for the band. It is also an art project, featuring handwritten lyrics
, liner notes and sketches, in singer Hnatiuk’s distinctive style. Through a theme of letter writing, ‘Dear Sahara’ explores uncertainties about relationships, paths in life, and the anxiety of youth; Hnatiuk lives with depression and following a serious episode in 2009, he left school to pursue music, art and writing.
“There is life after a destructive force. Letting the earthquake swallow you is a good way to learn how to dig out,” Hnatiuk explains.
The band released their debut self-titled EP in November 2014 and toured in early 2015, with great showings at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto and the Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa. In their short time on the Winnipeg scene, Hearing Trees carved out a reputation for an exciting live show and have opened for prominent local bands such as Mariachi Ghost, Indicator Indicator and Sc Mira.
is embedded into the Winnipeg arts scene, which includes “Suite 421,” the band’s rehearsal space and custom venue, where up-and-coming artists share the walls and stage for a completely bespoke, 100% local show every few months. Singer Hnatiuk is also involved in the Winnipeg slam poetry community and was a part of the inaugural “Folk’n Word” in Winnipeg, an event pairing musicians with spoken word artists and slam poets for a night of artistic fusion at the West End Cultural Centre. He also regularly publishes poetry, musings about struggles with depression and anxiety, and the occasional non-fiction to the band’s website and tumblr
new EP ‘Dear Sahara’ will be available online at iTunes
and all other digital retailers on Friday, August 28th. Hearing Trees
will be touring in support of the EP starting in Brandon on September 11th
. Please visit hearingtreesmusic.com
for more information and the most up to date tour listings.
HEARING TREES // UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES
September 11 – Brandon, MB – Double Decker
September 13 – Edmonton, AB – Wunderbar
September 14 – Red Deer, AB – Fratter’s
September 15 – Revelstoke, BC – The Last Drop
September 16 – Kamloops, BC – TBD
September 17 – Vancouver, BC – Seven Dining Lounge
September 21 – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s
September 22 – Golden, BC – Rockwater
September 23 – Banff, AB – Elk + Oarsman
September 24 – Calgary, AB – Broken City
September 25 – Lethbridge, AB – Owl Acoustic Lounge
September 26 – Regina, SK – TBD
October 2 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre (Album Release party w/ Micah Visser)
HEARING TREES – ‘DEAR SAHARA’ TRACKLISTING
RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 28th, 2015 (INDEPENDENT)
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