Great Lake Swimmers Announce New Album ‘A Forest Of Arms’ Out April 21

Canadian indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers will release their sixth album, A Forest Of Arms, on April 21, 2015 via Nettwerk Records. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Tony Dekker and his band mates have created some of their most dynamic songs to date. The first single “Zero In The City” premiered on Paste yesterday. Listen below or here:

As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of these unique and unusual locations was the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario. A number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks were recorded amid the haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats in the caves. A Forest Of Arms was recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace and was mixed by the talented Howie Beck (Feist).

Great Lake Swimmers consists of Dekker on lead vocals and guitar, long time guitarist and banjo player Erik Arnesen, Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals, Bret Higgins on upright bass and newcomer Joshua Van Tassel on drums. There are also several special guest appearances on the album by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath). The band has already announced a Canadian tour in support of the release and will follow with U.S. dates soon.

A Forest Of Arms Track List:
1. Something Like A Storm
2. Zero In The City
3. Shaking All Over
4. Don’t Leave Me Hanging
5. One More Charge At The Red Cape
6. I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay
7. A Bird Flew Inside The House
8. A Jukebox In A Desert Of Snow
9. I Must Have Someone Else’s Blues
10. The Great Bear
11. With Every Departure
12. Expecting You

Canadian Tour Dates:
2/27 Oakville, ON The Oakville Centre
4/15 London, ON Aeolian Performing Arts
4/16 London, ON Aeolian Performing Arts
4/17 Wakefield, QC The Blacksheep Inn
4/18 Wakefield, QC The Blacksheep Inn
4/23 Toronto, ON The Randolph Theatre
4/24 Toronto, ON The Randolph Theatre
5/25 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
5/27 Saskatoon, SK Broadway Theatre
5/29 Edmonton, AB Royal Albert Museum Theatre
5/30 Calgary, AB Central United Church
6/1 Nelson, BC Civic Theatre
6/3 Victoria, BC Alix Goolden Hall
6/4 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre

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