Aurian Haller Band Launches “The Dark Room”

Aurian Haller Band Launches “The Dark Room”

By Farnell Morisset

Ninkasi - Aurian Haller BandYou could walk by the Ninkasi bar on Rue Saint Jean a hundred times and never realise the inside is one of the region’s hubs of emerging music.  Part pub, part wonderland, it’s no wonder the bar opposite CBC’s Quebec City offices was chosen by the Aurian Haller Band as the launching point of their newest album “The Dark Room”.

I arrived just in time to grab a beer and a seat next to a stranger, who quickly became a new friend, while band frontman Aurian Haller finished a live Radio-Canada interview before heading on stage.

Aside from Haller, than band is composed of Paul Hinton, Barry Nemeth, and Daniel Marcoux.  Describing the band’s sound is difficult, as their range flows from indie rock to country blues.  Their latest album, which is the band’s second, features just shy of a dozen songs.  At the urging of his girlfriend, Haller included two songs in French, rounding out the primarily English album nicely.

For the Quebec City launch, the Aurian Haller Band was accompanied by Maude Brochu, whose voice provides a feminine counterpoint to the soulful, bass-heavy sound of the Haller Band’s music that reaches right into your sense of fun.  The band will be in Montreal on Thursday, this time accompanied by La Voix contestant Valérie Clio.

Haller - HintonI’ve no qualifications beyond my own ears to judge music, but their music did stick with me, with an acoustic feel that was reminiscent of Quebec City band The Acousticolics.  It would easily fit into any summertime drive.  Of particular note, the titular song “The Dark Room” stuck out.  Haller described writing the song, saying he wrote it near a lake in the mountains, but was one of the longest to successfully record.  Listening to it, I could certainly understand why – on the surface, it sounds like it could make for an easy campfire song, but the chorus has a sly streak to it that is probably the truest example of the band’s own original sound.

Haller and his band ended the evening with their flagship song “Like This”, which Haller dedicated to his hospitalised friend Doug Williams.  This song is currently getting airtime on several dozen radio stations across the province, and the band hopes it will be their first true hit.

Keep an eye out for this band.  Still solidifying their own voice, it’s only a matter of time before they become one you’ll hear more often.



About the author:

Farnell-Morisset_BiogFarnell Morisset is passionate about discussing (among other things) the issues of modern social identity for many Québécois who, like him, feel deeply connected to the Québécois nation and culture yet do not identify with the traditional francophone non-practicing Catholic nationalist image.

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