It was 2005 and a blistering combination of socialist politics and cheap rent was spawning an inimitable breed of internationally acclaimed music in Montreal's Mile-End. Meanwhile, in the shabby but hardly chic west end, four musical ingenues seemed blissfully unaware of the pressures of indie-cool. Instead, they were rediscovering their parents' Soft Rock LPs and crafting their version of the countrified So-Cal 70's sound.
Fast forward a few years and countless highways, bars and motels, the Ladies have departed from the twangy vintage am radio hits they came of age devouring, exchanging their well-worn traditional themes for the harder truths of life, love and sex, history and mysticism. Theirs was a journey to find the perfect sound to bring their musical time machine home. They've bred a darker, inevitably louder style and, along the way and against all odds, have learned theirs is a tumultuous musical romance that wouldn't die if you locked it up and threw away the key.
Ladies of the Canyon will release their sophomore album, produced by Mark Howard (The Tragically Hip, Lucinda Williams, Vic Chesnutt), through Warner Music later this year.