The Decoys, a Kamloops-based rock and roll band, is, for the first time ever, stopping in Leduc to play two shows this month as part of their Canada-wide tour and release of its newest album.
Matt Stanley, guitar/vocalist, says those who attend the show can expect an energized rock show with a mix of older classics ranging from The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and the Kings of Leon, as well as original music.
“We find our original songs blend in really well,” said Stanley.
“We’re kind of a power trio rock and roll band,” he added.
During the concert, The Decoys will play some of their older music as well as songs off the new album — In Our Blood.
In Our Blood is set for release April 15. The two Leduc shows are April 15 and 16, 8 p.m. at Kosmos.
Stanley, who is the primary songwriter for the album says a lot of the inspiration for the songs stems from his love of old rock and roll.
“I also love a lot of old country stuff too,” he added, mentioning Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
Stanley says since the band’s last album he and Sean Poissant, drums. and Sean Schneider on bass have narrowed down their focus and sound to make the music “more pure and to the point.”
“Lyrically I think there is a subconscious theme that goes through it. I think it’s kind of the life we’re going through right now … We’re taking a big leap of faith and taking chances,” Stanley explained.
Stanley added many of the songs on the album are about going for what you want and not holding back.
“It has a little bit of growing up and becoming an adult,” said Stanley.
Unlike the band’s earlier albums, In Our Blood was recorded on a new process for the band. Rather than laying it down in a traditional studio the band built one behind Poissant’s house and recorded it to tape than straight to digital. Although it was eventually recorded to digital. “We wanted the richness and the full sound of going to tape,” said Stanley.
With the variety of songs on the album, Stanley says his favourite changes from time to time but he feels one of the best is Don’t Hang Me Up.
Mostly he is just proud of In Our Blood in its entirety. “It has the folky, county-rock vibes new to the band.”
The accompanying tour spans April 14 to May 21 and The Decoys will make stops in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
“This is definitely the longest trek we’ve ever done,” said Stanley.
“We’re quite exctied and a little bit nervous at the same time,” he added.
With the tour, Stanley says the band just wants to get its name out there and have people listen to what they have to say. “We’re just going to go out there and try and get more people involved in our universe.”
4/14/2016 – Revelstoke, BC – The Last Drop
4/15/2016 – Leduc, AB – Kosmos
4/16/2016 – Leduc AB – Kosmos
4/18/2016 – Beaumont, AB – Live City
4/21/2016 – Edmonton, AB – Mercury Room
4/22/2016 – Fort McMurray, AB – Blackhorse Pub
4/23/2016 – Fort McMurray, AB – Blackhorse Pub
4/26/2016 – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol club
4/27/2016 – Arcola, SK – Buddy’s Pub
4/28/2016 – Kenora, ON – Norman Community Centre
4/30/2016 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Rockstar Bar
5/02/2016 – Sudbury, ON – Townehouse Tavern
5/03/2016 – Ottawa, ON – Rainbow Bistro
5/05/2016 – Peterborough, ON – The Spill
5/07/2016 – Windsor, ON – The Dominion House
5/09/2016 – Hamilton, ON – Homegrown Hamilton
5/12/2016 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Lop Lops
5/13/2016 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirates Pub
5/14/2016 – Winnipeg, MB – Shannon’s Irish Pub
5/19/2016 – Field, BC – Truffle Pigs
5/21/2016 – South Slocan, BC – The Dam