It's been a long road for Crossley Hunter.
Their self-titled first full-length CD, almost two years in production, with time on the front burner and the back burner, is ready to release. They will celebrate the occasion Saturday, August 29th at the Tillsonburg Legion with a rockin' CD Release Party. Doors open at 8 p.m., music begins at 9 p.m.
Admission is $10 – a steal, considering you get a free Crossley Hunter CD.
"Basically, we did all of our work – recorded everything – in about a month in 2013," said band member Justin Hammond. "The other two years was just waiting on them to do their thing, I guess. Some other things came up. But it all came out really well, we have it now and it sounds great. It's as good as we could ask for."
Hammond, Michelle Meesters, Stephen Bonnett and Jason Meesters make up the core of the band. They're looking to fill the bass position with a full-time player.
"It's still a family band," said Michelle, noting they're also still local.
During the extended mixing process, they band has developed new work, although Saturday's CD Release Party will focus on the 'Crossley Hunter' CD.
"We've pretty much already have another full-length written now," said Bonnett. "And there's several songs that we planned on being on the full-length that didn't make it. And there's songs that we completely rewrote just for it... which we didn't even decide we were going to do until the day we recorded it."
"Since there was such an incubation period, there were a couple thing we went back on and said, 'ok, let's do this a little differently.' Steve pretty much lived at the studio for like a month straight in Toronto."
"Probably six weeks," Bonnett nodded.
"But John (Wozniak) did do a good job as a producer," said Hammond, with a nod to their Marcy Playground producer. "He had some good ideas and he did some really great tones."
The band has been active over the past years, but they plan to ramp it up with their new release.
"Ben (Andress) helps us out a lot and his job is to push our stuff out there, but it's hard to advertise our stuff and get us around if we don't have something that's current. But we're over that now."
"You did a few things to keep busy," Andress noted. "A few shows and festivals."
IF YOU GO
Crossley Hunter CD Release Party
When: Saturday, August 29th, Doors open at 8 p.m.
Where: Tillsonburg Legion, 16 Durham Street
Cost: $10, includes a Crossley Hunter CD
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