Twenty four years ago, a young Vancouver band started out making music as rebellious, indie rock boys. Fast forward to 2005: 54-40 are now rebelling against major labels by putting out their first indie record since their earliest days. Over the last quarter-decade, the group has enjoyed critical and popular success with hits such as "One Gun", "I Go Blind," and "Baby Ran". Theyve also remained lyrically astute and politically active throughout their career, taking on issues from war to spousal abuse and beyond. Yes To Everything
contains the same melodic elements that fans love, although the band itself has changed; longtime guitarist Phil Comparelli has departed and the gap has been aptly filled by ex-Matthew Good
guitarist Dave Genn, who pumps up the rock throughout the disc. As a result, tracks like the opener "Easy To Love" and "Another Kiss" come with anthemic guitar riffs perfect for a fist-raising, sing-along live performance. Frontman Neil Osborne continues to create lovely, languid melodies, and on the slower side of things "This Is Here, This Is Now"'s Buddhist-inspired lyrics and "On The Road Home" --a disc highlight--proves to be a beautiful closing melody, the perfect soundtrack to a summertime road trip. Twenty-plus years and twelve discs in, Yes To Everything
contains no dramatic musical changes, just more of the same great melodic hits that 54-40 has been known and loved for since their earliest days. --Denise Sheppard
In 2005, 54-40 returns to the Canadian pop music landscape with a new member, a new label and a brand new album--"Yes to Everything." Collectively these developments represent a reminder that this enduring quartet remains one of Canadas preeminent ambassadors of modern rock.