In 2004 the The Cape May released their debut LP, Central City May Rise Again, which went to #6 on the Earshot charts. In support of the album, the band saw plenty of time on the road, playing over one hundred shows with acts including Songs: Ohia, The Constantines, and The Weakerthans. The Cape May were featured on CBC’s Zed TV as well as Much Music’s Going Coastal.
Beautiful, sweet melodies woven with a dark and dream-like lyricism make Glass Mountain Roads an unforgettable listen. Rooted in the landscape of the prairies, the album paints stories replete with rich characters, deserted houses, and the forboding urban smokestacks of development.
For the follow-up to Central City May Rise Again, the band enlisted acclaimed engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Smog, Low, The Pixies), and recorded in Calgary and Chicago over several months. Layered with strings, keys, theremin and accordian, the album breathes with Albini’s trademark earthy approach, from Clinton’s distinctive and sometimes otherworldly voice to the dark, sweeping arrangements that comprise Glass Mountain Roads. Haunting and surreal, St. John’s lyrics give a cinematic quality to the songs, finding Orwellian landscapes and dream-like scenes delivered with starkness and honesty.
Look for the Cape May on tour across Canada in support of Glass Mountain Roads in fall 2006.
Clinton St.John Vocals/Guitar
Jeff Macleod drums/Guitar/Keys/ B. Vox
Matt Flegel bass & guitar