Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group 2014

WINNER

The Strumbellas

We Still Move On Dance Floors

Category:

Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group

Year:

2014

Label:

Six Shooter*Warner

When it came time to make We Still Move On Dance Floors, the Lindsay, Ontario-bred, Toronto-based band headed to the woods of the pacific northwest, settling in at Bear Creek Studio just outside of Seattle, to record with Grammy nominated producer, Ryan Hadlock (Metric, Gossip, Moondoggies, The Lumineers). It seemed a natural progression for the band, whose dark lyrics about death and solitude crop up amongst beautiful lyrical mindscapes of trees and lakes and home. Born in Toronto but conceived in Lindsay, Ontario, The Strumbellas are equal parts small town dream and big city hustle. It’s strange, perhaps, that Canada’s biggest city is home to its alt-Country scene, but The Strumbellas rebel yell is a natural extension of the sound honed by Toronto stalwarts Royal City, The Sadies, Cuff the Duke, The Wilderness of Manitoba, and $100. Principal songwriter Simon Ward likes to say that his heart is in his hometown but his head is in the city, or vice versa, he’s not sure which. Their debut album, My Father and the Hunter, was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2011, which cemented the group’s status as a band on the rise.