To Be or Not To Be (With Me) — that is the question The Golden Seals pose in their latest single, showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Updating the spirit of the bard with a feel-good shot of pure ’70s power-pop, To Be or Not To Be (With Me) finds Ottawa singer-songwriter, bassist and guitarist Dave Merritt likening love to a comedy of errors: “I know I’m no Olivier, I’m just an old clown,” he admits. “But the irony is I’m bringing us down.”
Hardly. Along with drummer/percussionist Philip Shaw Bova and guitarist/synth player Kevin Lacroix (Ron Sexsmith, Communism), Merritt and his Golden Seals continue to deliver smart, sharply crafted pop-rock. A mainstay of the Canadian music scene for decades, Merritt’s songs have been recorded by Rheostatics and sung by Sarah Harmer. Bova, an in-demand mastering engineer who’s been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards (Bahamas, Lido Pimienta), mixed and mastered the song after he, Merritt and Lacroix each recorded their own parts in their home studios.