The Holiday Crowd are a bunch of idealists that want what everyone wants: everything, in the most stylish, well-mannered and humbling way possible. On January 24, 2012 they release their debut, seven-song mini-album, Over The Bluffs on Toronto-based imprint New Romantic.
Formed in 2010 in Toronto, The Holiday Crowd is Imran Haniff; lead vocals, Colin Bowers; guitars, Alex Roberts; bass and David George Barnes on drums. Self described as minimal and stripped-down, The Holiday Crowd’s sound and lyrics arise from all manner of experience: summer afternoon camaraderie, introspective reveries and a few shapely ‘inspirations’ along the way.
The album title Over The Bluffs comes from a lyric in their song “Tiresome”, “I would have lead you away from the alliance and over The Bluffs instead”, but in many ways it is an open love letter to Scarborough, Ontario, a notorious suburb of Toronto where Haniff and Bowers grew up. “The whole mood of the record has a Scarborough vibe to it and it only seemed fitting to name it with a honorary nod to our old stomping grounds” says Haniff. Bowers adds, “I grew up with The Bluffs at the foot of my street and would play there frequently. Scarborough, represents the underdog, always the frowned upon for being tough and rough around the edges”. Haniff muses, “Scarborough has so much stacked against it, it almost seemed like The Holiday Crowd needed to stick up for it. There’s more material lyrically to write about a place that’s tangible and misunderstood than writing about Narnia or Mordor.”
Lead singer Haniff, first met Bowers in high school when a conversation about a Stone Roses t-shirt developed into a strong friendship and songwriting partnership. The addition of old friend David George Barnes and newcomer Roberts completed the band. Says Roberts, “I moved from the UK with my parents to a town West of Toronto. I started visiting the city whenever I could to watch live music. One of these nights I stumbled across Colin and Dave playing; I really never heard anything like it. I felt rather homesick the first few years I spent in Canada and every part of the music Colin was writing took me home.”
Over The Bluffs was recorded and mixed at Inception Studios Toronto by David Hermiston, with the exception of “Never Speak Of It Again” and “Tiresome” which were mixed by Alex Bonenfant.
Praise for “Over The Bluffs”:
“Bowers’s catchy, reverb-laden guitar lines gel nicely with singer Imran Haniff’s impressive Morrissey vox” – NOW Magazine
“It’s quite brilliant, in fact.” - Alan Cross – Journal on Music Things
“Over The Bluffs is perfect and so essential you should sacrifice eating so you can buy it!” – The Pop! Stereo
“Genuinely admirable and seriously good guitar pop” – Scatterbrain
“Imran Haniff has an excellent voice, Colin Bowers knows how to make his riffs ring out, and the way they weave those two things together is pretty impressive.” - i(heart)music
The Holiday Crowd – “Pennies Found”
Released: January 21, 2012
The Holiday Crowd – Over The Bluffs (NRM 3004)