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The Wanted Return with"Before The Fall" Single
The track is first taste of veteran Toronto roots music outfit's new album Strange Flight, produced by Michael Timmins
On their new album Strange Flight, officially released March 26, The Wanted return with another collection of honest and gritty roots music. It’s a sound the Toronto-based group has honed since releasing their self-titled debut album, which has tallied close to a half-million Spotify streams and earned them appearances at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International, and the Canadian Country Music Awards.
For Strange Flight, The Wanted chose to raise their game further by enlisting production assistance from Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, whose trademark sonic approach emphasizes live group chemistry. That was indeed the end result after the core trio of Natalie Rogers (vocals, guitar), Jeff Rogers (vocals, guitar) and Richard Henderson (lap steel guitar, vocals), along with bassist Dan Mock and drummer Kyle Sullivan—borrowed from Jerry Leger’s band The Situation— emerged from the Junkies’ recording studio The Hangar with Strange Flight’s 10 tracks.
Natalie states, “The songs chosen for this album are a true reflection of how our sound has evolved over the last few years as a result of streamlining what each of us brings to the group, both as songwriters and performers. I liken it to a distillation process that has been happening to The Wanted since our last album, and this is the refined product. A little aged with a smoky finish.”
The Wanted have indeed grown by leaps and bounds artistically since forming in 2003 out of informal songwriter gatherings centred around Toronto clubs the Cameron House and the Tranzac. They bonded over a shared love of classic roots artists such as Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt, and that connection continues to guide them nearly 20 years later.
With Strange Flight, The Wanted pay homage to tradition while expanding upon it, with the end result being an album that offers a musical experience sure to appeal to fans across the roots music spectrum.