“No Alternative” by Kestrels

Kestrels, the noise and power pop trio, return with their forthcoming self-titled album on September 30, 2016. Their second for Hamilton, Ontario’s Sonic Unyon label.

Two years in the making, the full length was teased with 2014’s The Moon is Shining Our Way EP, a collection of four songs from the album sessions. Having toured the EP internationally and shared stages with the likes of Speedy Ortiz, Ringo Deathstarr, Beliefs, Greys, and Ash, the EP’s title track was mainstay on college radio and CBC Radio 3, laying the groundwork for their defining third record.

Recording the rhythm tracks in downtown Toronto’s Dream House Studio by Alex Bonenfant (METZ, Crystal Castles), with vocal sessions and guitar tracking taking place in vocalist/guitarist Chad Peck’s gear sanctuary/home studio in rural Nova Scotia, the band tapped lauded producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate) to mix the record in his LA based Seagrass Studio in the spring of 2015. Ringo Deathstarr’s Elliott Frazier and Alex Gehring also make cameo guitar and vocal appearances, solidifying a friendship that began with a Canadian tour in 2012.

Drummer Paul Brown provides rhythm dynamics that can turn from tightly wound to borderline unhinged on a dime, Devin Peck covers unprecedented sonic ground with his bass, and Peck provides soft focus vocals backed by alternately tuned Fender Jazzmasters pushed through all manner of obscure Japanese fuzz pedals and coveted 80s rackmount processors. Kestrels is out 9/30/2016 via Sonic Unyon Records.

No Alternative
Descent of Their Last End
Are You Alone?
Lying Down
Wide Eyes

Upcoming Kestrels Tour Dates:
Thursday August 11 – Allston MA @ Great Scott w/ Kindling, California X, Happy Diving
Friday August 12 – Amherst MA @ Laughing Dog w/ Kindling, California X, Happy Diving,
Saturday August 13 – New York NY @ Cake Shop w/ Kindling, Soft Fangs, No Honeymoon
Thursday August 25 – Toronto ON – Rivoli w/ What Seas What Shores, & Growing Fins
Saturday August 27 – Hamilton ON @ This Aint Hollywood w/ Black Baron
Wednesday August 31 – Montreal QC @ Brasserie Beaubien w/ Dead Beat Poet Society, Weird Star
Thursday September 01 – Saint John NB @ Taco Pica w/ Right Shitty
Friday September 02 – Sydney NS @ Governors w/ Walrus
Saturday September 03 – Halifax NS @ The Seahorse w/ Crossed Wires, Soft Spot
Friday September 09 – Windsor ON @ TBA w/ What Seas What Shores
Saturday September 10 – Hamilton ON @ Supercrawl Festival