Canada’s indie rock veterans Looking For Heather return with their new album “Youth” and it just may be their most ambitious album yet! This isn’t just another rock record. It’s a collection of songs that pay homage to the town, the people and the artists that inspired the band comprised of Jeff Gutteridge, Jay Bowes and Randy Solski. It’s a record that sees the veterans of 24 years expand their sound to include church organs, piano, synthesizers and percussion, they also enlist the help of some talented friends! It’s an 8 song ride through the back streets of their home town of Lindsay Ontario and plays like the sound track of their …Youth!
The opening track “In Your Wake” is a gospel inspired tribute to the town that made them. Jeff sings “I will walk your streets, and let you inspire me” and inspire it does. The song builds to a crescendo of pounding drums and launches into…
The lead off single “The Sound” is a huge, stadium sized anthem with a massive sing along chorus. The song is about equality, and unification. “turn it up when the world keeps turning us down” sings lead vocalist Jeff Gutteridge , it’s a call to arms to those who society tries to turn down or push aside. Its about love being “louder than the bombs they’re dropping” and coming together as “one love”.
Next up we have “How Many Times” a 70’s inspired rock song about waiting for someone to “take their time, and hurry up” Probably one of the most adventurous songs on the album and one that is sure to become a staple in the live show for years to come.
“Get To Me” sees the band get a little country. The song is about two people who need to be apart, but one party longs for the good times of days gone by. Jeff says “It was written to be a duet, but we decided to save that idea for another song”.
“London & Lindsay” is a full out rocker that tells the story of two women London…and Lindsay and their struggles. The song is meant to tell Jeff’s story, he explains “ I grew up in Lindsay and wanted to be famous, then I went to College in London and started taking music very seriously, I used the city names as the character names to sort of creatively tell my own story”
“Barricade” , the newest song on the album, is where the band felt the duet card was best played. Enlisting the help of fellow Lindsay Singer Cassie Noble, Jeff tells the story of two people wanting to be in love but feeling the other person is likely seeing someone else and isn’t interested. For this one, the band opted for a stripped down , acoustic presentation allowing the lyrics and vocal performances of Jeff and Cassie to highlight the track.
The oldest song on the album, “You Fell Down” blasts it’s way into your ears with a rousing “Whoa oh oh” sing along and is easily the albums most “pop punk” song taking influence from bands like Paramore and Mayday Parade. It’s a song built for the stage with singalong vocals and a clap along middle section. Originally written and partially recorded in 2011 this song was almost lost until earlier this year when Jeff was scouring an old hard drive and found the drum tracks! The band quickly convened to finish it off.
Closing out the album is the epic ballad “Chasing Light”. The Drums were recorded in 2015 with Barry Haggarty, the bands original producer, Chasing Light is a British Pop style ballad that sees Jeff wrap his pensive lyrics “I’m tired of wishing time away, it’s not fair to those who live their lives embracing everyday” , around Jay’s beautiful bass work and Randy’s soaring lead hooks. The track fades away to the sound of a distant thunderstorm and a man asking for his lord “to come home tonight”. It’s both mournful and hopeful all at the same time, “lighters up in the pouring rain” describes Jeff.
“Youth” is Here, “Youth” is Now