Morning Show

DEBUT ALBUM "WINE" OUT NOW!

Morning Show is a Vancouver-based alternative rock band comprised of Ethan Caleb and Ryan Stephenson. Their debut EP “Prom Theme”, released in May of 2015, is a summary of the band's initial excitement, adventurism, and collective exhale that can come with the beginnings of a project designed to facilitate artistic freedom. “Prom Theme” took the shape of a dynamic indie-rock record that travels between loud hook-driven choruses and brooding lyric moments where singer Ethan Caleb questions human motives and brings to light our mistakes.

Since the release of “Prom Theme”, Morning Show has emerged as a live act capable of quieting the unruliest of rooms with their finely spun web of trance inducing rock songs. In addition to experimenting on the traditional stage, they've ventured outside of a typical rock band’s comfort zone in collaborating with filmmaker Ingrid Veninger on her film “He Hated Pigeons”. At various film festivals around British Columbia, they would perform an all-original live score that lives and dies with the movie, never recorded or to be repeated.

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Sometimes only a rude awakening can shake you off a misguided path. That’s what Vancouver based alt-rockers Morning Show received from their producer Colin Stewart in the spring of 2016. Morning Show was busy making gentle, refined tunes peppered with subtleties that the casual listener might never notice. Thankfully, the formidable Stewart (The New Pornographers, Yukon Blonde) bluntly informed them these songs were lousy and that the band sounded “bummed”. They realized that indeed they were “bummed”, changed up their line-up, adopted a new mentality  (self-dubbed “freedom train”), un-“bummed” themselves and Voila! Out came 2017’s debut full-length, Wine.

In contrast to 2015’s Prom Theme EP, where everything was worked over meticulously until the dynamic and lush indie-rock record was produced, Wine was fluid until the end. With parts and lyrics changing constantly and songs exiting and entering unknowingly, the process went by in a blur, underlined with a lot more fun and excitement than this band was used to having. Newly condensed to a duo, songwriters Ethan Henthorn and Ryan Stephenson (joined on stage and social media by a rotating cast of talented friends) embraced a never-say-die attitude to spur their creative flow. Old songs were cut apart and Frankenstein-ed back together. New songs were written in a fury by rapidly sending ideas back and forth until before they knew it the album had formed itself.

Morning Show has taken an unusual route through early band-hood that has seen them enter as a young, polished act that promised refined, clean cut indie-rock songs but instead has slowly stripped the paint off and decided to reveal their bumps and bruises a little more. Since they had their epiphany back in early 2016, they redefined their sound in studio and on the road and have had that sound documented in Wine. The year following the release of Wine has seen the band wrapping up their fourth Western Canadian tour in 18 months, releasing music videos inspired by existential crises and public drinking for tracks Slow (and steady) and Mary in the Tide, and preparing for their triumphant sophomore return.

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Their debut single “Papershaker” is a subtle, effectively crafted pop-tune that doesn’t stray too far from that comfortable pocket of indie rock well-worn by bands like Death Cab For Cutie and Pinback. However, they show off a mastery that doesn’t feel like a rip off, but reminds us what we loved about the sound in the first place.
— www.indieshuffle.com

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info@morningshowmusic.com

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