25 Septembre 2022
From CANADA •
Montreal-based indie rock / post-punk quartet has released their new EP 'Where Spirits Play', a 4-track offering recorded at Closet Studios in Montreal with elements of Simple Minds, The Cult, Echo and the Bunnymen, early U2, Nick Cave and The Mission at the fore.
Formed in 2019 by members of Montreal-based indie artists , , and , The Ember Glows is Richard Bunze (guitar), Kevin Hills (bass), Martin Saint (vocals and guitar) and Dan Stefik (drums).
Leading up to this EP, The Ember Glows previewed the singles 'Silent Love' and 'The Mirror'. About the latter, frontman Martin Saint says this is "about how most nations carry skeletons in their closets - even the so-called peaceful ones. Sooner or later, we must face the weight of history and the past hits us hard collectively".
The Ember Glows trace their roots to guitar-driven new wave, psych rock and 90’s British indie music, having crafted a sound that boasts simple hooks, a pulsating rhythm section, textural guitar interplay and baritone vocals.
Friends since their teenage years, personal chemistry and musical synchronicity brought them together as The Ember Glows. With all four members also being part of other bands, what started as a side-project ultimately became everyone’s main music priority, fueled by their jointly-forged sound and corresponding adrenaline. Each member brings something different to the table - Rich with his knack for texture and big sound, Kevin’s rumbling groovy bass lines, Dan’s manic and melodic drumming, and Martin’s delicate lacing of baritone and jangly guitars.
The 'Where Spirits Play' EP is out now, available from Apple Music and other digital stores, as well as , where their 'Passerby' EP is also available on cassette and digitally.
“The Ember Glows is a time-shifting device powered by the spiraling lead lines reminiscent of the early Cult sound, woven of the same ornate intricacies as Echo and The Bunnymen, as anthemic as The Mission at their most bombastic best" ~ The Big Takeover
"Reminds me of early U2 or Simple Minds which is Tre cool" ~ Skin (Skunk Anansie)
"At the intersection between post-punk intensity, the romanticism of new wave and trippiness of psychedelic rock... their sound is more akin to late 20th century northern England" ~ The Spill Magazine
"Moodily brooding to dynamically vibrant songs that are drenched in ruminative baritone vocals, darkly shining guitars, low-register bass lines, and pushing drum beats" ~ The Record Stache
"Boasting a classic guitar-driven New Wave psych sound, the simple hooks, a pulsating rhythm section, textural guitar interplay, and baritone vocals bring to mind Echo & The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, U2, The Mission, and The Associates" ~ Post-Punk.com
The Ember Glows
Where Spirits Play
23 September 2022
Recorded at Closet Studios by Daniel Karrasch and John Gurnsey
Record produced by Daniel Karrasch in Montreal
Richard Bunze - Lead Guitar
Kevin Hills - Bass
Martin Saint - Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Dan Stefik - Drums
All songs by The Ember Glows
Lyrics by Martin Saint
Music by The Ember Glows
Album photography, artwork & layout by Richard Bunze.
Photos by Bryan Gagnon
DIFFUSION SEPTEMBER, 25, 2022