by Kestrels

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    Classic black vinyl. Includes printed insert with lyrics.

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  • Kestrels S/T Gold with Purple Splatter Vinyl 12" LP
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    ** Vinyl LP format is available as a limited edition Gold with Purple Splatter vinyl (200 copies).**

    Halifax noise pop power trio Kestrels return with their new self-titled LP. Their third in total and second for Hamilton, Ontario’s fabled Sonic Unyon label, the record sees the band combining a frenzied union of striking melody and sonic bliss.

    Two years in the making, the full length was teased with 2014’s The Moon is Shining Our Way EP, a collection of four songs from the album sessions. Having toured the EP internationally and shared stages with the likes of Speedy Ortiz, Ringo Deathstarr, Beliefs, Greys, and Ash, the EP's title track was mainstay on college radio and CBC Radio 3, laying the groundwork for their defining third record.

    Recording the rhythm tracks in downtown Toronto’s Dream House Studio by Alex Bonenfant (METZ, Crystal Castles), with vocal sessions and guitar tracking taking place in vocalist/guitarist Chad Peck’s gear sanctuary/home studio in rural Nova Scotia, the band tapped lauded producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate) to mix the record in his LA based Seagrass Studio in the spring of 2015. Ringo Deathstarr's Elliott Frazier and Alex Gehring also make cameo guitar and vocal appearances, solidifying a friendship that began with a Canadian tour in 2012.

    The end result is by far their most accomplished recording to date. Drummer Paul Brown provides rhythm dynamics that can turn from tightly wound to borderline unhinged on a dime, Devin Peck covers unprecedented sonic ground with his bass, and Peck provides soft focus vocals backed by alternately tuned Fender Jazzmasters pushed through all manner of obscure Japanese fuzz pedals and coveted 80s rackmount processors.

    The sum total is a nod to the past, a response to the present, and a warm invitation into tomorrow.

    Praise for Kestrels:

    "Whereas many nu-gazers sound like they want to pretend that it's still 1991, Kestrels don't try to rewrite history. Their songs sound like shoegaze should in 2016: huge, anthemic choruses and sticky pop melodies surfing tidal waves of pedal-driven noise and crashing rhythms." – Noisey

    “Now a mainstay in Halifax, Kestrels have developed quite a following with their instantly recognizable brand of intelligently crafted, hazily psychedelic melodies and sweeping drones.” – Beatrroute

    “Generous brush stroke chords of glorious, melodic dissonance. Kestrels take on the code of the solar spheres, invoking the valor and wonder of space's orbiting environments that exist and spin according to each's path and planetary position.” – Impose

    Track Listing

    1. No Alternative
    2. Descent of Their Last End
    3. Are You Alone?
    4. Lying Down
    5. Suspect
    6. Wide Eyes
    7. Neko
    8. Waiting
    9. Ace
    10. Temples

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*Kestrels - S/T. Release Date - September 30, 2016 on Sonic Unyon Records*

Recorded by Alex Bonefant at the Dreamhouse, Toronto, ON
Additional recording by Chad Peck at the Potential House, Halifax, NS
Mixed by Brad Wood at Seagrass Studio, Valley Village CA
Mastered by Hans DeKline at Sound Bites Dog, Los Angeles, CA

Chad Peck - Guitar/Vocals
Paul Brown - Drums/Percussion
Devin Peck - Bass

All songs written by Chad Peck (SOCAN)


released September 30, 2016



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Kestrels are a shoegaze band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Track Name: No Alternative
feel the night divide you by design
and it's alright
to see your face in light without a sound
and you fall down

the streetlights are on your side
and the fall blinds
eyes alight hope is pushed aside
and it's alright

the speed of you
Track Name: Descent Of Their Last End
feel no fall
all inside: lies, eyes
need to stay high
feel no fall

sweeping sweet pain

breathe a long sigh
sleep silent night
need to stay wild
breathe a long sigh

nowhere home
no one knows
no sad hope
nowhere home
Track Name: Are You Alone?
are you alone?
so alone?

sleep still unknown
still unknown
in their dreams

years fall away
fall away

soft slow remain
you remain

do you bleed far away from home?
breathe far away from home?
i feel far away from home
Track Name: Lying Down
surreal lines of my disguise
slipping out of sight

still reflections
of everyone haunting you alone

the end lies
in the demise of forever nights
running out of time

you alone
still impressions
so lost
the days are never wrong

who found you now?
who now?
Track Name: Suspect
today i want to watch you run
inside my heart i've just begun

to see you for anyone at all

you're out of reach
the winter sun
and i don't mind
i've just begun

to see you for anyone at all
Track Name: Wide Eyes
still the night to need her now
stay alive until you shine
an image of an image into everyone
running from the night

wide eyes
sweet in soft light
still life
wide eyes
sleep in soft light
still life
run away

wide eyes
Track Name: Neko
take me home when i leave
you're on to me
you know what i believe
you're wrong to ever leave
you're on to me
run with me
Track Name: Waiting
wound around
skin in air
slow as sound
rising there

wait around
find you there
slowing down
breathe the air

to feel, too
Track Name: Ace
the last night
for you and i
oh long eyes

chase to hide
or bleed light
oh sweet sight

ease your mind

alone and wild
distant fire
oh hard eyes

a place to hide
or feel fine
oh dead night

leave alive

you'll be new soon
Track Name: Temples
and in blue ruin
is what you lose
silent and focused
on the waves tonight

isolation signs
emptiness inside
memory on display
under a light

your mind is a machine
distillated dreams
corners faded
slipping out of sight

out of focus
young wind is what you love
stars exploding
winter lies alight

lie awake at night
it's too late