Cigar Club blend smoke and fire on their gloomy, brooding single Like White Flats In Winter — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The third preview of the Toronto rockers’ upcoming debut album Day, Like White Flats In Winter is also the band’s most unique and powerful offering to date, opening with low-neck guitar arpeggios supporting the sombre vocals of frontman Trev Coughlin — and gradually building to a searing, hard-hitting modern-rock catharsis.
“I feel like we really got it right with this song,” Coughlin says. “That first line: ‘Walking off pavement into stars’… I hear that like walking off the edge and then gradually falling, while getting louder and louder.” Lead guitarist Dan Amato adds that it’s an “emotionally” powerful song for the band. “It feels really good to really love the music you had a part in creating. I suppose that’s why we do this.”
Bassist Jeff LeFort says the song came out of nowhere. “It started out just as this simple instrumental chord progression, and turned into one of our favourite originals.” Drummer Tyler Booth’s performance on this number, in particular, is much different from a typical Cigar Club song as it incorporates a number of different percussion styles — including double-bass drumming and clavés influenced heavily by Latin dance music.
Cigar Club kicked off their career in 2016 after bonding over their mutual love for John Mayer’s music. Though soft rock and blues (with a hint of soul) was once their game — and will forever be a part of their style — Booth’s arrival helped shift them toward louder, heavier and more rocking terrain.