Quick Hitters:: Rain Over St. Ambrose

Rain Over St. AmbroseSometimes change is good. Cory LeBlanc was obviously doing ok for himself, drumming for folks like Jon McKiel and Ruby Jean & The Thoughtful Bees, but when his father told him that he’d like to see him front his own band, shortly before passing away, it seemed that a change was in the offing for Cory. The result of that change is Rain Over St. Ambrose, a Yarmouth-bred five-piece that has a new three-song EP available via the always reliable Acadian Embassy.


Well drumming’s loss is our gain in this case, as their debut EP shows that Cory and the rest of the band (which includes his brother Curt) know how to craft some solid rock & roll songs. The band itself is extremely tight, with the requisite big guitars, crashing drums, and group backing vocals needed for a raucous barroom rocker, but as the welcome trumpet flourishes on Headstone Lights show, they aren’t afraid to switch things up on occasion.


As for LeBlanc himself, it doesn’t seem that he’s phased in any way by assuming the frontman role, and he certainly sounds confident. I believe he has been working on these songs for some time though, and that would certainly help with his confidence. The songs come across as honest and heartfelt, and that, along with the big, sing-along friendly choruses on display in this small sampling make it seem like these guys are going to be a hit with live audiences.


To put it simply, this EP just sounds good all around, and I’m interested to see what comes next from the band. But the EP is available as a free download (with a donation option, should you feel so inclined), so go get these songs now.

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MP3:: Rain Over St. Ambrose - DG Gold Paint
WEB:: acadianembassy.com



Tags: Acadian Embassy, Rain Over St. Ambrose

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