The band Scenic Route To Alaska has been quoted as saying that the name of the band is derived from a road sign on Highway 16 in Alberta directing people to take a long scenic drive to Alaska. Yes, there is such a sign and I think a recreation of it would be a great stage prop. The band were in the Starlite Room in Edmonton on Saturday night to promote their new album Tough Luck. It was a packed house, full of family, friends, and fans who were only too happy to sing chorus lines back to the band.
I don't think they will need much luck for this album to be a success. It is full of radio-friendly pop music. The album has a somewhat grittier feel than their previous material as they sing about looking for lost things, losing things and coming back to things that have changed while you were gone. The lyrics are never maudlin and paired with catchy melodic guitar riffs the album comes across as easy listening and destined for top ten charts. Produced by Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, The New Pornographers), this album feels like the trio of Edmonton boys – Trevor Mann on lead vocals and guitar, drummer Shea Connor, and bassist Murray Wood – have found a comfortable groove. That is good news for fans of their music and a good listen if you haven't heard them before. It is worth taking the scenic route to hear Scenic Route to Alaska; they are smooth musicians.
The show in the always-great-venue, The Starlite Room, also featured the music of Nature Of, and Mike Edel. Both bands served up melodic pop that provided a fitting opening for Scenic Route To Alaska.
Tough Luck if you didn’t catch them on tour. The good news is that you can buy it on vinyl and give it a good listen in the comfort of your home, you won't be disappointed. Scenic Route To Alaska have crafted a very pleasant album with Tough Luck, their third full length release.
Norman Weatherly | weatheredmusic.com