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Ready to Go

by The Benvereens

Two guys, a gal and a multi-instrumentalist. This is the second album from Toronto alt rockers The Benvereens. The new album brings the bittersweet pub night inspired salute to death numbers that keep you at the bar ordering the next round.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Old Bad Habits
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2. Theme From
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3. Beauty Fades
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4. The Best Way to Die
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5. Cabbagetown Princess in Parkdale Clothes
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6. What Is It Up in the Sky
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7. Dig
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8. I Saw the Light
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9. Stray
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10. 1972
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11. A Single Star
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Album Notes
The Benvereens

Two guys, a gal, and a multi-instrumentalist carve out a slice of rootsy Canadiana with the launch of the wistful Ready to Go. Comprised of former members of indie popsters Sour Landslide and FemBots visionary David MacKinnon, The Benvereens have collectively released countless albums and gigged across Canada and into the U.S., all while enjoying frequent airplay and international exposure through TV soundtracks.

In the late ‘90s, Sour Landslide was without equal, pairing guitarist Vince Nicholson’s melodic flair with the incendiary rhythm section of bassist Vern Nicholson and drummer Dee Nicholson (née Horvath). After a string of indie cassettes, the band released Friends of Dracula and They Promised Us Jobs to widespread acclaim, their power on disc rivalled only by the ferocity of their live shows.

Fast forward ten years and the three principals are together again in a reconstituted lineup of The Benvereens, Vince and Dee’s new band. Recorded at Escarpment Sound and The Junkshop and expertly engineered/co-produced by David MacKinnon, Ready to Go is an earnest homage to friendship, loss, and redemption wrapped in heartfelt harmonies, jangly guitars and a rock-solid beat. From the world-weary shuffle of “Old Bad Habits” to the Velvety rumble of “The Best Way to Die” and the mildly psychedelic “A Single Star,” Ready to Go runs the gamut and then some. Fans of Backyard Songs, their first album, will find familiar ground too, with “Stray” and “Beauty Fades” serving up the most aching alt-country this side of The Jayhawks. The shimmering chime of “Dig,” meanwhile, hearkens back to Sour Landslide’s more introspective gems.

In addition to Vince’s always-impeccable melodies, Ready to Go boasts a new songwriting voice in bassist Vern, who contributes the crunchy power-pop of “1972” and the lilting “Cabbagetown Princess in Parkdale Clothes.” With help from Lowest of the Low alums Ron Hawkins and Stephen Stanley, The Bens also sing out like never before, creating a warm vocal blend on the gospel-tinged “I Saw the Light,” the Cajun-flavoured “What Is It up in the Sky” and the rollicking “Theme From.” Throughout, drummer Dee pounds out her usual steady groove while Dave adds some tasteful guitar and keyboard flourishes.

Well-crafted, memorable tunes with a touch of bitter: that’s The Benvereens in a nutshell. Their grassroots sound evokes fond memories as you ponder on the porch at dusk, and by night, they’ll regale you well past last call. More frisky than frenzied nowadays, these rejuvenated pub-thumpers are truly Ready to Go with their finest effort to date



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