Soul food

Oakridge Ave. “Endless Nights”

Starting off, this song leads listeners in with an intro of big, echoing drum noises you might hear from bands such as The Blue Man Group. When the guitar starts up, we get a taste of the beat that really hooks listeners. The rhythm is slow, but substantial, playing nicely with the lyrics that seem to set the stage of missed opportunities and lovers that got away. The chorus comes in heavy, sung with a melodic passion and playing nicely with the backing vocals. By the second verse, we start to get the nostalgic feel of bands such as All American Rejects, accompanied with the same vigorous feelings those classic bands elicit. The guitar solo breaks in at the bridge and fits in perfectly with a distorted melody that really brings the song home.

Proudly hailing from Kingston, Ontario, Alex “Lefty” Amey, Harrison Stewart-Juby, and Sean Patterson started their journey as Oakridge Ave. in 2013. After several years of writing and playing the venues that birthed other Kingston greats like The Mahones, The Glorious Sons, and The Tragically Hip, the three-piece honed their tight, indie rock sound into what it is today: a blend of influences from Canada’s rich musical tapestry, including Bahamas, The Weakerthans, and The Lowest of the Low. Since their debut album, 2017’s “10”, through their 2018 EP, “Lost & Out of Place”, followed a summer maritime tour the same year, their songwriting and sound has matured alongside their live performances.

These experiences have culminated in their forthcoming album, jumpstarted by a chance encounter with one of the band’s heroes, legendary Canadian indie rocker Ian Blurton (Change of Heart, Blurtonia, C’mon). Recorded at ProGold in Toronto, Blurton crafted and refines the album’s sound, helping Oakridge Ave. incorporate new textures and ideas into their fresher, more thoughtful songwriting. The result is like a good Canadian ale; darker, rich and complex, but accessible and smooth, best enjoyed with good friends having a good time.

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