The All Canadian Soundclash are on a roll with their premiere single and video Romp — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
At first listen, Romp immediately lives up to its name; the bouncy beat and melodic lyrics serve as both an infectiously rollicking track and prime preview for the Canadian folk-rock outfit’s self-titled EP.
“They say the music you first discover and fall in love with is the music that stays with you for the rest of your life,” Ottawa frontman and composer Andrew Michelin considers. “That’s true in my case … I come from the early ’90s era of alternative grunge-rock and, like any other 40-something, I can still remember the exact moment I first heard Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit or Pearl Jam’s Alive.”
As much as those influences burst through on The All Canadian Soundclash’s sonic offering, Romp also nods to song-building blocks of old, mixed with Michelin’s decidedly fresh perspective. “I take a ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to creating music,” he says. “Oddly enough, Romp is the very first song I ever wrote. I remember wondering whether or not it was a song … I would ask around to all my friends, ‘Does this sound like a song?’ ” He needn’t have worried.
The All Canadian Soundclash EP was produced, engineered and mixed by Canadian artist and producer Dale Murray (Hayden, Cuff The Duke, Joel Plaskett, Buck 65, Christina Martin, Matt Mays) at his Farmhouse Studio in Port Howe, N.S. Murray also provided guitars, percussion and backing vocals on the release, with Jordi Comstock on drums. “I feel blessed knowing and being able to work with Dale,” Michelin says. “He’s such an incredible producer … He can take ‘nothing’ and turn it into something extraordinary.”