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Two Hours Traffic Announce The September 11 Release Of “Siren Spell”

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Two Hours Traffic

Two Hours Traffic

Bumstead Recording Artists From Charlottetown, PE To Release Four Song EP In Advance Of Full Length Album Set To Come Out In Early 2013.

After a decade of accomplishments that include a short list nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, TV show placements, magazine covers, a victory at the East Coast Music Awards and a successful touring schedule that has taken them across the country and around the world, Two Hours Traffic have reinvented themselves with a new producer, an altered lineup, and an overhauled sound. Today the band offers up the first new recorded music since 2009’s critically acclaimed “Territory” with the breezy mid-summer sizzler “Amour Than Amis”, the first song from the upcoming “Siren Spell” EP.  National tour dates will be announced soon.

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When it came to pen a new set of songs Two Hours Traffic decided to push their limits. Longtime guitarist Alec O’Hanley had moved on to other projects, with bassistAndrew MacDonald switching over to guitar and newcomer Nathan Gill joining the fold. Along with frontman Liam Corcoran and drummer Derek Ellis, they took the opportunity to switch things up while still capturing the band’s past magic. “Everything’s fresh,” explains Corcoran. “We have to prove ourselves again.”

This meant amicably parting ways with longtime producer Joel Plaskett, who had helmed all of the outfit’s past albums, and teaming up with Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, the Sadies, the New Pornographers) at his rural Operation Northwoods studio outside of Orangeville, ON. With the producer’s help, Two Hours Traffic moulded its hook-heavy pop sound into a more Motown- inspired direction, with acoustic guitars scaled back in favour of electric instruments and full-bodied rhythms.

Corcoran recalls, “We were calling it ‘pop ‘n’ roll’ in the studio. We were really trying to have that balance of a catchy melody and some rock ‘n’ roll energy.” You’ll hear this seamless blend on “Audrey,” which mixes tirelessly stomping rhythms with honeyed power-pop crescendos. Elsewhere, “Amour Than Amis” rides its surging groove to harmony-laden refrains, while “Feel Alright” showcases MacDonald’s sparkling guitar leads. The EP closes with the folksy “I Did What I Could,” a full-length re- recording of the gorgeous snippet that appeared on Territory.

While the soulful arrangements mark a new frontier for Two Hours Traffic, the new material’s romantically-charged lyrics mean that it functions as a thematic sequel to 2007’s much- loved “Little Jabs”. “We consciously tried to write about love from a few different angles,” the singer says. “Some songs are very pro-love and happy, others are a lot more frustrated.”

This time, when they sing about love, they do so with a decade’s worth of experience and confidence on their side. Watch for national tour dates this fall and look for the full-length album to arrive in early 2013.

“Siren Spell” Tracklist:

1. Amour Than Amis
2. Audrey
3. Feel Alright
4. I Did What I Could