Local Niagara band Majora will celebrate a second CD release at the Warehouse in St. Catharines this Thursday, presented by Livestock Niagara.
Niagara Now sat down with band members Laurel Minnes and Josh Schriefer to find out a bit about what they’ve been up to and what the new album is all about.
Minnes said the album, Siblings, will have an A-side and a B-side, both recorded at different studios in the region.
She said part of the effort was to show the different capabilities artists in the region have and the different products that can come out of two studios.
While the both “sides” of the album will be in the groups typical hairy alt-rock style, Minnes said each side has a different feel to it simply because of where it was recorded.
“They’re two obviously blood-related things but they’re extremely different,” Minnes said— hence the name Siblings.
Thursday’s show will see the release of side A, consisting of four songs recorded at a pop-up studio by Joe Lapinski of WOW! Recording Studio in St. Catharines.
Minnes said while the pop-up sessions typically see multiple artists, the studio was set up specifically to record the Majora album, at a house that goes by the name “Toad Hall”, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
“We had a great time. Joe is super pro,” Minnes said. “He made it really comfortable for us.”
Schriefer said the band definitely went “beyond” their first album, adding more instruments, such as a horn section in one song.
As far as the sound goes, Schriefer joked it's the “greatest f****** thing you've ever heard.”
All in all, they said the band spent about a year writing the album.
“It was a long laborious process, we’re very happy with the product though,” Minnes said.
Minnes said side B was recorded with Band on a Couch co-founder Jordan Rutledge, though the band isn’t sure when it will be released.
Part of the reason the band decided to release side A separately, Minnes said, is because their bass player Stu Haws will be leaving to British Columbia soon.
“Like next week,” she said.
She said the band is in the process of deciding that they are going to do and has kept the news under wraps until now.
Right now, they’re focused on the CD release.
The group of self-described misfits have been playing together in the region for about four years — or so they estimate. In their minds, “Majora has no beginning and no end.”
“Majora is eternal,” Schriefer said.
Majora’s first self-titled album can be found at, majoramusic.bandcamp.com/releases.
Tickets to the CD release show are $10 and include Siblings side A, plus a band sticker.
The Warehouse Concert Hall is located at 11 Geneva St., St. Catharines.
The show starts at 7 p.m. and will see performances from Jamie G and Matt Meagher.