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 led 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 lead singer Imran Haniff and guitar player Colin Bowers grew up. “The whole mood of the record has a Scarborough vibe to it and it only seemed fitting to name it with an honorary nod to our old stomping grounds. 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,” says Haniff.
The Holiday Crowd was formed in 2010 when Hannif and Bowers were joined by old friend Dave Barnes on drums and newcomer and UK transplant Alex Roberts on bass.
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
“It’s quite brilliant.” - 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
“Frontman 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