By Kennedy Pawluk
CALGARY – It’s been one very long year since we’ve heard from Edmonton’s favourite team of bratty punks Switches. Since their inception in 2013, the band has unleashed soulful garage punk full of whirly organs and snotty harmonies, so it’s with joy we announce they’re back with a new split!
The Edmonton music scene noticed the tangible void left when Switches lead singer/guitarist Tara McMahon moved east to Toronto to finish a master’s degree and pursue her career. The remainder of the band took some time to recalibrate, teasing us in January 2016 with the EP All My Darlings. They followed it up with a cross-Canada tour that included a pair of dates at Calgary’s Sled Island Music & Arts Festival. The short return was cause for sonic salivation; now they are back once more.
The new EP Split Tenders was recorded this past August in Montreal with Edmonton ex-pat and recording whiz Renny Wilson. While they were out east, Switches played with Toronto punks Planet Creature and the two bands fell in love. Split Tenders is the fruit of their loins and preserves the Switches style we’ve come to love over the years: doused with vintage organ lines and tons of harmonies.
Musically the album takes a much darker personal tone than past efforts. During McMahon’s time in Toronto, her focus shifted away from music, providing the opportunity for her to write from a more personal place with less influence from the community she was surrounded by in Edmonton. Lyrically the album takes a more introspective approach reflecting on the experiences and difficulties that come along with moving to a new city.
Sadly, other than the release shows for Split Tenders, Switches don’t have any other live appearances scheduled, but this is no reason to shift your gaze away.
“In terms of touring, nothing is planned right now but you should definitely wait for a new album,” McMahon hinted.
“We have a video coming out to that we’re pretty excited about and in the next year you’ll definitely see a lot more happening.”
Split Tenders will see the light of day May 26 at the Palomino (Calgary) with PMMA, Mandible Klaw Blü Shorts, and more. Also see the band at Barber Ha on May 27 with SLATES (who are also releasing an album) and Tee-Tahs (Edmonton).Barber Ha, Blü Shorts, Mandible Klaw, Palomino, PMMA, SLATES, Split Tenders, Tee-Tahs