At Long Creek II is part Vance Joy, part Bahamas. On this EP, Paper Lions unplug and perform six stripped down arrangements of songs from their last album, Full Colour, as well as a favourite cover of theirs.
If you're not from Canada then there's a good chance that you might not have heard of these guys before. They're arguably Canada's most iconic band but they never seemed to have much luck internationally. Unfortunately their lead signer Gord Downie was diagnosed with a bad form of brain cancer earlier this year and the doctors don't know how long he has. Gord's strong for now though and the band is going on tour this summer as a final farewell for their fans. I think it's one of the bravest and coolest things that I've ever heard. I wanted to post a tribute to these guys to spread the joy of their music and as a tribute to a band that I've loved ever since I first heard them on Q107 when I was maybe 5 or 6. This song just reminds me of the summer and going up north to a cottage with some buddies for a long weekend. Hopefully I've been able to re-capture some the magic here that I felt the first time I heard the song.
The Tragically Hip
November 16, 1998
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Save the Planet
So Hard Done By
Springtime In VIenna
New Orleans Is Sinking
Escape is at Hand For the Travellin' Man
At the Hundredth Meridian
Lead & backing vocals: Frank Pulumbarit
Instruments, programming & mix: Frank Pulumbarit
Vocal Mix: Murray Daigle, MDS Recording
Guitars recorded in Victoria, BC on an Alverez Artist Series dreadnaught (AKA"The BC Guitar")
Written by: The Tragically Hip
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for writing this incredible song, and to Gord Downie for singing it so beautifully. May God be with you on your journey Gord.
Bobcaygeon was the first song I ever played out - in front of a friend Stephanie, at her house. She didn't laugh me out, so I kept playing. Thank you to you too, Stephanie, for saying it was OK, and for being a friend of the family for so long.
August 17, 2016
This is a cover of Tragically Hip's great tune about a small town on the lakes north of Toronto. We'd just finished watching "Long Time Running", a documentary on the final tour of Tragically Hip and lead singer Gord Downie's emotional and inspirational final offering. I did this in a couple of takes - it wasn't important for me to get it perfect but just to get it out there to the universe to say thanks.