“We’re looking for a do-over, we’re looking for a chance to shine,” goes the first line of Navy Skies’single “Cut My Teeth.” It couldn’t be more fitting of a line for this Toronto punk-rock band.
Formerly known as Rebel Rebel, the band found that their previous EP was overproduced and wasn’t anything like the live show that so many people found compelling about them. For the Cut My Teeth 7″ the band, now known as Navy Skies, worked with Peter van Helvoort of Teenage Kicks and decided to be a little more DIY, recording everything except the vocals live off the floor.
The result is two great tracks available for free from Bandcamp.
“Cut My Teeth” is filled with anthemic guitars and passionate vocals from Travis Caine, Kara Gauthier and Bryan Wyshnicki, with Paul Cope keeping them in line with his drums. One can really feel the band sonically carving their place in Toronto’s rock scene.
The other side, “Ontario Winds,” is an uptempo tribute to the band’s home province. The more controlled guitars in this song captures well the anxious tension in Caine’s vocals.
Article by Michael Thomas, GrayOwlPoint.com
released February 26, 2013
Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Peter van Helvoort
Mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering, Toronto, Canada
All songs written by Travis Caine (SOCAN)
Performed by Navy Skies
Additional instrumentation provided by Peter van Helvoort (Bass)
Photography by Kara-Lynn Gauthier
Graphic Design by Travis Caine