In early 2017, Andrew Waite decided to craft a new record. The album feels like it has been a long time coming, though the award-winning Burning Through the Night was only released two years prior. With Jon Matthews (The Sound Mill) on board to engineer and Bruce Rooney (Coyote, Adyn Townes) co-producing, the FACTOR-funded project began tracking that spring and is now, over a year later, is ready to launch.
By far the most progressive work Waite has released to date, the collection of songs dances across genres flirting with folk, rock, and pop. The album was brought to off-Island studios for some initial mixing, but was ultimately brought back home to be mixed by Jon Matthews. “Holding nothing back, Matthews certainly pushed limits sonically to forge not only well-produced individual songs, but a well-crafted album as a whole entity,” says Waite. This album will definitely be one to check out on vinyl. Accustomed to wearing many hats, Matthews co-produced the record alongside Waite and Rooney. The album was mastered by J. LaPointe at Archive Mastering (NS).
Tremors features an all-star cast of Island musicians with Evan McCosham (bass), George Maros (drums), Sean Ferris (organ, keys), Bruce Rooney (guitar, vocals) and Nikki Waite (sax, vocals). Guest appearances on a number of tracks include Rosanna Burrill (Hillsburn), Cynthia MacLeod and Leith Flemming-Smith (Matt Mays). From the fierce rock single Out & Out, to the thoughtful veteran tribute Cash It In, to the pop-heavy Faith, this album delivers a diverse sonic collection, offering something to a vast demographic of listeners.
The album launch show will take place at The Mack in Charlottetown on November 2 and will include a variety of numbers from full band arrangements, to striped down songwriting numbers, with a few special guests performing inbetween. Tickets are available now at boxoffice.confederationcentre.com/online/.
Andrew Waite is a songwriter and frontman for PEI roots-rock band Andrew Waite & The Firm, who released their debut album Burning through the Night in September 2015. Waite’s songwriting is described as honest, rugged and evocative.