Open Flames

photo by Norman Wong

Bruce Peninsula are set to return with their sophomore full-length album, Open Flames October 4th (via Hand Drawn Dracula).  The multi-musician “alt-gospel” ensemble will give us “10 new, sprawling songs, drawn from the skin of a drum and sung from deep down in the gut”.

Prepare to be teased.

Bruce Peninsula – In Your Light (Snapshot) from Bruce Peninsula on Vimeo.

Bruce Peninsula – Open Flame (Snapshot) from Bruce Peninsula on Vimeo.

The band spent a lot of last year hard at work writing new music, with a focus on writing quickly without second-guessing, while pushing musical boundaries beyond their signature, progressive-gospel sound. By the end of the year, the band had a slew of new material which they planned to release in the Spring of 2010.  But, in December, the band were suddenly sideswiped when lead shouter Neil Haverty was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.  Haverty got treatment and is officially in remission, ready to join the band again.

Great news for a great band.  I’m really excited to hear this new record.