Pour yourself a drink and kick back and relax, because local musicians have teamed up to give you a free album of their work to keep you company this quarantine.
Over the years Cornwall has done so much for their musicians — coming out to shows, buying merch and dancing away — so it’s only fitting that the music community has once again come together to give something back.
Presenting the Cornwall Quarantine album. A compilation record featuring everyone from local rockers The Shiners and Mena Hardy to hip hop savant, Davey Bedard.
This compilation is a testament to the talent and solidarity of the scene and the quality of people within it.
Some of the songs were recorded during quarantine, some were recorded beforehand, and all of them are great.
Here’s your guide to the Cornwall Quarantine Album.
(For a free copy of the album click here).
Above is the Cornwall Quarantine album cover designed by artist Raven O’Byrne.
Track #1. The Human Carnival – Noise (think Black Keys)
Featuring the bluesey vocals of Braunson Lalonde and rich rhythm section of Dane Dallinger (Bass)
and Shane Levac (Drums) this song is chock full of soul and has a dynamic composition. Dig into it!
Track #2. Ela Max and myself – Skeeter (piano/vocals, think Sarah Slean)
This song takes the weird fast paced song Skeeter and flips it on it’s head with a bluesy-jazz rendition.
It’s worth it alone for Ela Max’s vocals. Unreal talent!
Track #3. Lonely Night – Davey Bedard (aka Rye Vicious) ft. Stradagist Music (hip hop ballad)
Davey continues to be the gift that keeps on giving during this quarantine. Not only does he have a fabulous Youtube series, The Weekly Davey Bedard Show, but he’s also provided a killer rap track.
Featuring, Rye Vicious (Davey) and Stradagist Music, this song packs an emotional punch and hearkens back to hip hop of the 2000’s while staying relevant. Great tune.
Track #4. Hunter Delorme – Rosie (think Daughter)
Heavy and intimate, this song —
–highlights the emotional depth of Hunter’s voice. It’s sad, beautiful, and well worth the listen.
Track #5. My Hero (Foo Fighters Cover) – Marc Thompson (of Castles)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Marc Thompson has an amazing voice. And boy does he ever put it to use in this great cover of the Foo Fighters classic. This track is acoustic gold folks, dive in.
Track #6. Sandwich Surprise – Winston Marley (reggae)
Upbeat temp with a catchy chorus, this tune will get you off your couch and dancing. So much fun.
Track #7. Aliens Exist (Blink 182 Cover) – SushiShopSuicide
Raw and understated, SushiShopeSuicide punks it–
–up with a monster Blink 182 hit. But lead singer, James Baron finds room to make it his own with his Lou Reed-esque vocals and fuzzy guitar tones.
For more sick tunes from the band, click here.
Track #8. Deadbeat – Alex Hunter (think 80s metal)
Alex Hunter is quickly becoming a big player on the Cornwall music scene. He’s a multi-talented instrumentalist with hair raising Axl Rose screams and is a great composer. This is a wonderful track off of his solo album, Blood Red. It packs a punch and is giant head banger.
Track #9. Anger and Apathy (AILD Cover) – Fynn and Ryan O’Neil, and Rob Hawkshaw
This song is a gem. Combining metalcore with a little girl’s voice, this tune features Ryan O’Neil (of O’Neil Studios Instructors Group), the soft and earnest voice of Fynn O’Neil, and the raging screams of Rob Hawkshaw. A great and unique cover.
Track #10. The Way She Goes – Mena Hardy
Bluesy, with a hint of country, this track features Mena’s trademark killer vocals and delivers on the rock goods. Mena’s the real deal when it comes to music, and this song is no exception to that. Check out her tune.
Track #11. Heart Of Gold (Neil Young Cover) – The Shiners
In 2009, after a few drinks with friends at Glenn Forrester‘s house, Cornwall legends The Shiners sat–
–down to record this top notch cover of Neil Young’s mega hit, and thank Heavens they did. Coaxing tons of emotion out of their instruments, they do an unreal job at capturing the soul of this classic.
Track #12. What Do You Say – Please Repeat (rock n’ roll)
Rock out with this two peice, featuring Eric Stacey on vocals/guitar and myself on drums. It’s rocking, and a testament to Eric’s skills as a songwriter.
Track #13. R.U.O.K. – Eric Willison (think Bruce Springstein)
This tune is phenomenal and clashes a sense of longing with an uplifting riff and chorus that asks the caring question, “Are you okay?…and what can I do?”. Fantastic stuff.
Track #14. My Dry Heart – Bud O’Byrne
Is there anything Bud can’t do? He runs a great record store, does stand-up and evidently is a great musician. This track is folksy, unique and an absolute joy to listen to.
Track #15. Wildflowers (Tom Petty Cover) – Joel Labrosse
Joel does a marvelous job with this cover. A ton of heart, and the perfect voice for this song.
Track #16. A New Perspective – Chris Benton (think Taking Back Sunday)
The quintessential quarantine song, Chris paints the reality of the last couple of weeks while adding in a healthy dose of optimism. It’s catchy and the perfect way to end the album.