Getting Cozy With: Bravestation

Photo by Zach Hertzman

Bravestation was born in the City of the 1000 Islands along the shores of the beautiful St. Lawrence River during the summer of 2007 at house parties and in our parents’ garages and basements. But it’s Toronto that’s shaped the band’s ethos over the past seven years.

Living here in Canada’s metropolis has given us the opportunity to create and record music in so many different and cool spaces: the makeshift studio in the unfinished basement of a Victorian home in Cabbagetown where we first moved in together, the overnight sessions in the studio at Harris Institute for the Arts, Devin and Jeremy’s rundown residence-like dwelling in Kensington Market and their upgraded apartment in the heart of Queen West (aka Fishbowl studios), Canterbury Music Company studio on Dufferin St., the top floor of my old low-rise on 24th Street in South Etobicoke, The Post Office Sound in Liberty Village, that ’70s basement in Bolton ON, Devin’s basement apartment at Dundas and Roncesvalles, our label Culvert Music’s office space on Bellwoods Ave., my high rise condo overlooking Lake Ontario in Humber Bay Shores and most recently Union Sound Co. studios in lovely Corktown.

And while each of these places all had their own charm, we all agree that the setting where we wrote and recorded most of our recent EP ‘V’ was our hands down favourite: an Airbnb rental over top of the Burdock Music Hall in Bloordale Village while it was under construction.

Maybe it’s because we weren’t racing against the hands on the clock with the luxury of having a week off of work.  Perhaps it was the ping pong table in the open concept living room and the epic matches that ensued throughout the session. It could have been the copious amounts of Coors Banquets, The Glenlevit 18 and bourbon that my pals gave me for my birthday. Or the company of friends who would drop by for hangouts along with our newly signed label who treated us to our first recoupables, most notably Indian food from Banjara.

Whatever it was, this is where the magic happened for us. With a small rented recording setup from Long & McQaude and an assortment of keyboards, microphones and guitars we explored and recorded ideas late into the night. We woodshed. We drew inspiration from the book of symbols. We laughed. We recorded. It was a boundless process that was all about capturing spontaneous breakthroughs and we’re very happy with the songs that came to life including our most commercially successful song to date, ‘Actors’.

We’re hoping to capture this same atmosphere on the next record and look forward to where the songs will take us next.


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