The wait is over for the debut album from Canadian punks Calling All Captains, now available via Equal Vision Records.
Bridging the gap between pop-punk/post-hardcore, ‘Slowly Getting Better’ is a thrilling follow up to the 2019 EP, ‘Nothing Grows Here’. Using poppy instrumental elements with punk-like vocals, the album is a compilation of hardships, persistence, love, and acceptance.
The recording process began in 2020 but was initially halted due to the ongoing pandemic. Determined not to give up, the band regrouped with ‘Nothing Grows Here’ producer Quinn Cyrankiewicz and immediately got back to work in their hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.
The lyrics on the record reflect the woes of their mid-twenties and tackle the issues of drugs and mental health. ‘Tailspin’, the album’s first single, is brimming with energy and emotion and highlights the band’s collaboration.
Calling All Captains have a fluid dynamic where each member holds an untold responsibility for writing and assisting the band. Luc Gauthier and Connor Dawkins are the primary songwriters. Brad Bremner focuses on the technical elements. Tim Wilson concentrates on the beat, and Nick Malychuk envisions how the songs will perform live.
‘This collaboration allows the song to be relatable and personable to each member of the band.’ Says Luc. ‘This album is the largest body of work that any of us have ever put out, and it really encapsulates the last ten years of our lives.’
‘It was a tough 18 months navigating these uncertain times, but we believe we’ve come out stronger than ever. We hope this album will mean as much to you as it does to us. We’re all ‘Slowly Getting Better,’ together.’
Calling All Captains will celebrate the release of Slowly Getting Better next week with two special events.
On Thursday, November 4th, fans will be able to join the band at The Buckingham in Edmonton for a Slowly Getting Better: Making An Album documentary screening. After the screening, the band will perform an acoustic set with a Q and A to follow.
On Friday, November 5th, Calling All Captains are teaming up with 100.3 The Bear for the Slowly Getting Better Album Release Show at Starlite Room in Edmonton. The show will feature special guests Mobina Galore, Dead Friends, and Gutter King.
‘Slowly Getting Better’ is a soundtrack for the struggling yet hopeful people out there and is available now via Equal Vision Records.
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