54-40 has been telling Canada where they came from and where they’re going for the last 40 years. Now, it’s time for lead vocalist and guitarist Neil Osborne, bassist Brad Merritt, guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist Dave Genn, and drummer Matt Johnson (with the help of keyboardist David “Oz” Osborne) to reveal their band culture in a collection of songs called ‘West Coast Band.’ Through self-referential and often very literal stories, the songs explore bizarre shenanigans, odd dynamics, and personalities of its members.
‘West Coast Band.’ is the first single offering from the forthcoming album of the same name, out October 6, 2023. The track is an autobiographical origin story of 54•40. The sound and production pay homage to the local Vancouver music scene that inspired Neil and Brad to form 54•40 and commit to a creative life.
“At the time, seeing local west coast bands like DOA, The Subhumans, Pointed Sticks and Young Canadians playing live, making records and doing it their way was a huge signal that we could do this too!” says Brad Merritt.
Recorded remotely during the lock down, 54•40 occupied their time like many of their contemporaries; writing and recording trading files until the songs took shape. The track was produced by Neil Osborne and Dave Genn and mixed by west coast producer Adam Kasper (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) with a superb video directed by Millan Curry-Sharples.
54•40’s ‘West Coast Band’ is really about being in a rock n roll band, writing some songs, recording them, and getting in the van and taking the show on the road. Something that 54•40 has been doing for 40+ years.
54•40 Tour Dates In 2023:
August 5, 2023 The Drill Hall @ Base 31 Prince Edward County , ON
August 10, 2023 Lakehead Exhibition Thunder Bay, ON
August 12, 2023 Peach Festival Penticton, BC
August 17, 2023 PROMO TOUR Toronto, ON
August 18, 2023 El Mocambo Toronto, ON
August 19, 2023 Grand Fondo Event Saugeen Shores (Port Elgin), ON
September 7, 2023 Balls Falls Conservatory Lincoln ON
September 8, 2023 Bear Den, Seneca Niagara Resort Niagara Falls, NY
September 9, 2023 Bear Den, Seneca Niagara Resort Niagara Falls, NY
September 16, 2023 Barnside Harvest Festival Ladner, BC
October 6, 2023 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
October 7, 2023 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
October 19, 2023 Lester Centre for The Performing Arts Prince Rupert, BC
October 20, 2023 Lester Centre for The Performing Arts Prince Rupert, BC