Morning Show are a trio based out of Vancouver and Victoria BC, formed in early 2013 by singer/guitarist Ethan Caleb (The Archers), and multi-instrumentalists Ryan Stephenson (Tough Lovers, Bed of Stars) and Blair Hansen (ex-Good for Grapes, Bed of Stars). They offer a fresh and honest approach to alternative rock, citing influences such as The National, Death Cab for Cutie, Daughter, Wintersleep, and Hey Rosetta!. After writing relentlessly and fine-tuning their sound over the last year and a half, they have recorded their debut single “Papershaker” and the “Run Dry” EP with Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers, Gold & Youth) and will be launching publicly and making their initial live performances and releases in the fall and winter of 2014.
As the Strait of Georgia separates the members, Morning Show has had to develop their own unorthodox method of songwriting. Convening monthly for one weekend in barns, basements, and living rooms around Victoria and Vancouver, the members initially attempted to bring individual ideas to the creative space and piece them together there. After throwing out song after song, they eventually realized their best sounds came from entering the environment as three blank slates, and creating something that had an equal part of each member in it. They would then demo out the songs created in the “writing weekend” over the next month, using today’s technology to their advantage and maintaining a constant dialogue. The five songs on the “Run Dry” EP are a documentation of the initial frustration of a long distance working-relationship and the eventual freedom gained by developing a new process of creating music, free from any stigmas or constraining methods they had used before.