Toronto dream pop/post-punk band The Autumn Stones have broken the mould with their vibrant noise, cerebral lyrics, and snazzy saxophone – a combination indie has been craving.
Formed in 2010, the indie-pop band is comprised of Ciaran Megahey (vocals, guitar), Marcus Tamm (bass), Ray Cara (drums), Dan Dervaitis (guitar, backing vocals), and Gary Butler (saxophone, guitar, keyboards).
After releasing their debut album Companions of the Flame in 2011, the Canadian post-punks shot off in the public eye, showcasing at the Jazzfest & Music City North as well as covering ‘Feist’ for NOW Magazine’s 50:50 video series. The Autumn Stones also headlined at Dave Bookman’s legendary Nu Music Nite at the Horseshoe Tavern performing their ethereal numbers.
The band’s last album, ‘Escapists’, had the Canadians working with great talent Noah Mintz, who has previously helped albums by The National and Broken Social Scene, to create a scope of new wave.
Recent work reminisces the eighties and Megahey’s strong soulful vocals are like that of Simple Minds and The Smiths. Glittering guitars solidify dream pop whilst the lyrics show a more wistful side to the band.
The Autumn Stones also aren’t afraid to include other unorthodox instruments into their songs, such as in End of Faith their snake charming-esque flute hypnotizes you and is the perfect harmoniser for Megahey’s brassy vocals.
Singles such as ‘Time Is a River’ and ‘Spirit Shadows’ show the marriage of upbeat progressive instrumental but rebelling lyrics that are sure to make listers rock out.
Words by Tara Dalton.
Image courtesy of the bands Twitter.