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THIS IS HOW WE SAY GOODBYE
Release date: June 20th 2006
Since their inception in 2002, Lake Holiday have undergone numerous personnel changes, adding and subtracting as circumstance dictated. Always central to the proceedings is Bradley Davis, an Illinois native transplanted to Toronto a couple of years prior to the band’s inception. The current and strongest lineup finds Brad surrounded by Aaron Booth (bass), Katharine Warren (keyboards/cello), and Tim Oakley (drums). However, This Is How We Say Goodbye, is the result of the efforts of many good people. And everyone involved should be proud of these songs and their contributions to them.
It’s not easy to write a song, never mind a song that has a memorable hook or melody, but the level of songwriting on This Is How We Say Goodbye is enviable. The lyrics aren’t poetry; they sound like one side of conversations many of us have had, whether with a lover, a family member or oneself. So, while a toe may be tapping to these pop songs, the words aren’t all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.
That’s not to say that this record is tears and turbulence either; it’s just that a balance has been struck and an acknowledgement has been made that sometimes you must bid farewell in order to move forward. There’s hope in album opener, “On My Mind,” while “Press Record Then Play” has more than a hint of adolescent ennui, or maybe it’s genuine adult frustration. All the while, the band sticks its hooks in, with melodies that take hold the first time around.
While Brad’s the lone songwriter of Lake Holiday, this record owes a great deal to Lake Holiday members and friends. Bassist Aaron Booth is a talented singer/songwriter in his own right. Katharine Warren’s backing vocals sometimes blend with Brad’s, sometimes offer counterpoint. Former band members Frank Yang and 5:17 bring texture to the mix. Drummer Tim Oakley moonlights with Lake Holiday when not with his primary band, Spitfires & Mayflowers; his drumming gives the band the spine it was lacking in previous incarnations. On the heartbreaking “Helen,” Brad is joined on vocals by Gentleman Reg Vermue, a Toronto musician who has made three stunning albums of his own, as well as being a sometime member of Broken Social Scene and The Hidden Cameras.
Their song "Press Record Then Play" from the upcoming album has already been featured on the WB's hit
series Veronica Mars.
In 2006, Lake Holiday played Chicago's Tomorrow Never Knows pop festival and Toronto's Canadian Music Week, along with other shows. There are plans for a Canadian/US tour for summer 2006.
Lake Holiday and BiFi have a long-standing relationship. In 2002, BiFi released a split 7” with Lake Holiday’s “All My Enemies” and “If This Is a War” on one side and a bunch of Poison Control Center songs on the flipside. Four years have passed and now Lake Holiday are saying hello with This Is How We Say Goodbye.