Release Date: Feb 19, 2012
Record label: Bumstead Productions
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Following the departure of long-time lead guitarist Alec O'Hanley, Charlottetown, PEI beach bums Two Hours Traffic return with Foolish Blood, an 11-song set of heartfelt indie rock that showcases the band's new rhythm-heavy line-up. Inspired by the transcendent chime of early Motown, the P. E.
After releasing a four-song EP last September, Charlottetown's Two Hours Traffic follow it up with an uplifting fourth album that loses the EP's two weakest cuts and adds seven strong new ones. Aside from the wistful instrumental Adventureland, all are unapologetically about love, largely of the unrequited variety. Unlike the messy fuzz pop steadily coming out of the East Coast for the last few years, the revamped four-piece embrace a refreshingly clean, polished (but unfussy) sound that's been expertly captured by producer Darryl Neudorf (New Pornographers, the Sadies).
Often writing a pop song is more formula than art but it still has to be perfected. Coming from the tiny Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, Two Hours Traffic have created a work that does just that. They’ve dipped their sound in the same magical pop pool as Halifax’s Sloan or Joel Plaskett and yet reached beyond into the throw-back production style of contemporaries like the Strokes.