The Decoys make Leduc first Alberta stop on rock tour

The Decoys, a Kamloops-based rock and roll band, is, for the first time ever, stopping in Leduc to play two shows this month...

The Decoys will play two shows in Leduc

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.”

Tour Dates:

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


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