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Two Hours' Traffic

by Erin McGuire

It has been almost three years since guitarist Alec O'Hanley and vocalist Liam Corcoran brought their music out of the basement and onto the stage. The two began performing as an acoustic duo and adopted the name Two Hours' Traffic, which they took from the prologue to Romeo and Juliet. They first performed at Colonel Gray High School in the fall of 2000. Since then they've played a handful of all-ages shows including a battle of the bands and have been consistently broadening their catalogue of original material. In the fall of 2002, the two rounded out the group by adding drummer Derek Ellis and bassist Andrew MacDonald.

Corcoran and O'Hanley write all of the material, but their sound has changed quite frequently. Starting off acoustically, the band developed a fuller sound by adding more instrumentation. After a brief stint of composing piano oriented songs like "Shade," their new material like "Pretty Time" and "Ottawa River" brings them back to the guitar driven sound that got them started. Regularly covering songs by Radiohead and Ben Kweller, the band describes their sound as being college-rock heavily influenced by Radiohead, Beck, and Hayden.

All four members of the band are currently attending the University of Prince Edward Island but dedicate much of their time to the group. Over the past six months, Two Hours' Traffic has become increasingly well-known. They've been playing more shows with other local bands like Dreams Among Stars and Laterdaze, and in May they graduated from all-ages shows to the bar scene by playing alongside The Handles at Brennan's. This summer they hope to play as many shows as possible both on and off the Island. "I don't think we have any huge unattainable aspirations like some small bands," said Ellis. "It's all about having fun."

To date, the group has put together four albums of original material but hasn't released any of them. "I am constantly thinking about our songs in terms of an album," said Corcoran. "At this point we are trying to get our name out there but when the opportunity presents itself, or we decide we are going to make it happen ourselves, I definitely want to make a professional album." While they have no concrete plans for a full length release anytime soon, they do hope to put out a five song EP near the end of August. In the meantime, Two Hours' Traffic has multiple shows in the works for July and August and is confirmed to be playing with Singularity and Ontario's Alexisonfire at the East Royalty Community Centre on July 22.

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