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In a lakeside town, Gentlemen Husbands grew to be friends long before they picked up instruments together. They learned work ethic before song structure, commitment before ability, and quickly realized the great Americana anthems they were raised on were written about life and love in small towns no different than their own.
Lead singer, Derrick Ballard, would pen lyrics in his father’s motorcycle shop nestled between old bikes and scrap parts. Countless songs were written, with no particular purpose, other than to sing and tell stories of old friends or new lovers.
“It was obvious that he was extremely talented, and even the earliest songs really connected with all of us” says guitarist, Ryan Hutcheson. Hutcheson, along with bassist Jed Atkinson, and drummer Dan Farrell, spent their high school years playing basements and underground clubs in various bands together, but knew they would one day end up collaborating with Ballard. After many years of friendship, Gentlemen Husbands was formed.
“We all listen to a ton of different music and aren’t afraid of blending genres or experimenting with those influences; at the end of the day, we’re just trying to write songs we would want to hear” says Atkinson.
After writing nearly 100 songs, they went to work with acclaimed producer, Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, The Tragically Hip). Upon listening to their House of Cards EP, the above statements ring abundantly true. The record is loaded with hooks and tales of longing, from the up front, danceable “Wandering Eye”, through the bittersweet ballad “Do It In The Dark”, to the chiming, anthemic chorus of “Shelter Valley.” The songs lend a strong sense of place and give a universal narrative that hits home, while both nodding at tradition and taking the listener to uncharted territory.
“Our mentality is that the song is the nucleus for everything and the only thing that really matters, so our job is to not get in the way of the songs and let them be what they want to be” says Hutcheson.
“I have a problem with the idea that ‘a band can’t be liked by too many people’ or that anybody isn’t cool enough to listen them.” proclaims Ballard, “We want our music heard and shared by as many people as possible, isn’t that the whole point?”
UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF GENTLEMEN HUSBANDS
DEBUT SINGLE “SHELTER VALLEY” AVAILABLE DIGITALLY NOW
ON TOUR WITH MATTHEW GOOD THIS FALL
(TORONTO, ON – 31 July 2013) – Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, is pleased to announce the signing of Cobourg, Ontario natives, Gentlemen Husbands. The band is gearing up for a busy few months, kicking off today with the release of debut single, “Shelter Valley” and heading out on an extensive 31-date cross-Canada tour this fall with Matthew Good.
Gentlemen Husbands formed nearly ten years ago when lead guitarist Ryan Hutcheson, bassist Jed Atkinson and drummer Dan Farrell started out playing in hardcore bands together, under various names. They were later joined by singer/guitarist Derrick Ballard, who was a longtime friend from the same high school. Through years of creating music together, Gentlemen Husbands have built an expansive sound around compelling lyrics influenced by such artists as Counting Crows, Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen.
"We are thrilled to have found a home at Universal Music Canada,” says Derrick Ballard, “and are genuinely grateful to be working alongside true music fans, who have been supportive of every decision we’ve made creatively, and as a band."
Celebrating the release of their debut single “Shelter Valley”, the band is currently offering an exclusive stream here. “Shelter Valley”, along with several other tracks to be released this fall, was recorded at Noble Street Studios in Toronto and The Bathouse Recording Studio in Kingston with producer Gavin Brown (The Tragically Hip, Metric, Billy Talent). Randy Staub (Metallica, Roy Orbison) mixed the tracks at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver while mastering was done by Ted Jensen (Muse, David Bowie) at Sterling Sound in New York. For a behind-the-scenes look at the band’s studio recording sessions, click here.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Gentlemen Husbands in the Universal Music Canada family,” said Don Kitchen, Universal Music Canada, A&R, “The band and Gavin have recorded tracks that are solid from start to finish and I cannot wait for the world to hear them.”
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