“Just What I Needed” and “Don’t Worry Baby” are out… NOW. Listen here.
We’ve put a fresh spin on two of our favourite classics by The Cars and The Beach Boys. “Just What I Needed” in particular is a really special one for us – it’s actually the first tune we started messing around with for our upcoming album of reimagined covers. The Cars’ original is a perfect pop song and one we love so much that we thought it would be fun to see it in a new light. Our version draws out the love song undertones into a more dreamy, introspective take on the new wave classic.
Big shout out to EARMILK for premiering our latest tracks, and even giving us a nice little write up:
“Dwayne Gretzky accomplishes one of the most beautiful things in music: They make us fall in love with the songs we grew up with over and over and over again. And little by little, we start to realize that who we’re really falling in love with is them.”
Taking a dive into studio days practicing our take on ELO’s “Livin’ Thing”. ⠀
Weirdly, Electric Light Orchestra seems to be one of the most under-appreciated bands. They made so many masterpieces, blending pop and classical music in really innovative and theatrical ways, and at the core of these intricately lush arrangements are really great songs. So, we decided to take their song “Livin’ Thing” and strip it down to its bare bones to see how we could reframe it. ⠀
We ended up giving the song a sort of Carole King, 70s FM vibe with big pop/country harmonies in the choruses to keep it super warm and organic. We think this version really came together thanks to Lydia Persaud’s stunning vocal performance.
You better hav a nap and get ready because it’s almost festival season and we’ve got some great summer show dates lined up:
June 14: Dundas, ON @ Dundas Valley Montessori School: TICKETS
June 20: Toronto, ON @ River Gambler Boat Cruise: TICKETS
June 21: Toronto, ON @ River Gambler Boat Cruise – SOLD OUT
June 29: Oro-Medonte, ON @ Canada Rocks with The Rolling Stones, Burl’s Creek: TICKETS
July 4: Calgary, AB @ Calgary Stampede, Big Four Roadhouse: TICKETS
July 13: Guelph, ON @ Hillside Festival: TICKETS
July 27: Toronto, ON @ Toronto’s Festival of Beer, CNE Bandshell: TICKETS
August 14: Peterborough, ON @ Peterborough Musicfest: TICKETS
August 17: Paris, ON @ Paris Drinks Fest: TICKETS
September 12: Ottawa, ON @ CityFolk Festival: TICKETS
We’re thrilled to share the first two tracks off our debut record (!!!), out August 23. The album is about taking songs we love and recontextualizing them in a new way, just for the sheer fun of it. We’re all big fans of ABBA, and S.O.S. is a particular favourite, so it was an interesting experiment to dress it up in different clothes and see it through a new lens.
Pre-save our new single now on Spotify and Apple Music: HERE
Over the last year, we’ve been busy in the studio recording a series of reimagined versions of some of our favourite songs ever written. On Friday we’ll be releasing two: ABBA’s “S.O.S.” and ELO’s “Livin’ Thing”, paired together as an homage to the lost art of a 45rpm record with its A-side single and (often underrated) B-side.
Big Shiny Dwayne returns for three nights steamier than Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape, bigger than the “Rachel” haircut and more rewarding than your everlasting crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas.