released November 2, 2010
Official Website :: www.thetownpants.com
:: About The Record
This Vancouver-based band combines aspects of Irish traditional, acoustic pop, roots Americana, even Australian and Mexican influences, to create their own unique brand of West Coast Celtic. With a decade's worth of headlining roots and folk festivals, to selling out nights at rock venues, Maximum/EMI recording artists The Town Pants own brand of “Celtic roots rock rebel” spans five albums so far, and is backed up with and a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from Ottawa to Oslo.
The Town Pants features the dual lead vocals of brothers Duane and Dave Keogh on guitar and banjo, respectively, tin whistle virtuoso Aaron Chapman, Ivanka Watkin on fiddle, bassist John Senchuck and drummer Gilles Nadon. Rarely does a band have this combination of passion, energy animation and spirit that all makes for some of the most imaginative songwriting by some seriously talented players that you’ll find in the genre.
With Shore Leave, The Town Pants delivers their best yet, not just standard Celt-rock anthems for drinkers and thinkers, they raise the bar both lyrically and musically on the Celtic rock oeuvre. The Town Pants have never sounded both wilder and more mature.
Shore Leave features guest appearances by Spirit of the West's Geoffrey Kelly, 54-40's David Osborne, acclaimed indie artist Ford Pier and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Engel.
“The title tune or "Drinking in the Graveyard" are the sort of Celtic-tinged pint-raisers fans have come to expect from this talented local crew. But it's the moving "Trains Not Taken" and cover of Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" that really score.” B+
(Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Province)
”These local lads lead rousing, boozy Celtic folk-rock that calls for reeling and singalongs. Elements of American folk-rock open up the genre and disparage facile Pogues comparisons. Performances are visceral, harmonies are full-throated, and the bands songwriting has matured considerably, making this instantly accessible and thoroughly enjoyable. 4/5 stars!
(Greg Potter, TV WEEK)
The Town Pants are, for instance, one of the few local bands that can repeatedly sell out Vancouver's most prestigious venue, The Commodore Ballroom. They're a brilliant get loaded and sing along-type of outfit, and that demands meeting some very stringent song writing standards. Obviously, the melodies have to be instantly accessible and the lyrics ultimately memorable(even you forget them the next morning). Whether you're singing about the state of the world or the draft on tap, the same rules apply. The Pants strike a fine balance between writing de rigueur and party-on Celtic pub rock energy, exemplified by the tracks on their latest, Shore Leave, a fitting tribute to a port town like Vancouver. And, the songs aren't all about hops and barley. There's plenty of meat and potatoes. Trains Not Taken is based on a Joe R. Lansdale short story of the same name. Rainville is a soggy toast to the temperate rain forest we call home, and Angel is a heavenly few minutes of unrequited love. Guests include Dave Osborne from 54- 40 playing some cool B3 and Spirit Of The West's Geoffrey Kelly on hyper-bodhran and flutes. Shore Leave is a guaranteed good time for imbibers or otherwise.
(Cal Koat, Worldbeat Canada)