Cuff the Duke

CuffTheDukeOshawa’s finest folk rock band, Cuff the Duke, released their brand new album, Morning Comes, with a lively celebration at Queen Street’s iconic Horseshoe Tavern last night; and rest assured, they did not disappoint.

I had the privilege of catching up with the boys backstage before the show. . . .

Wayne Petti (lead vocals, guitar) and Paul Lowman (bass) seem relaxed, with a massive bucket of Steamwhistle between them.

Morning Comes not only brings a different sound – Lowman says they’ve gone from “folk rocking, to just rocking!” – but also in tow is a new manager and record label, Paper Bag Records, which mega groups like Broken Social Scene and Stars all call home.

They bring a solid string of continuity by sticking with producer Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, who also produced their 2009 record, Way Down There.

Morning Comes is part one of two. The second instalment, the band tells me, will be released in October.

“It won’t be called Morning Comes Part Two, or anything,” says Petti. “But there will be a theme.”

He clarifies, “Let’s say it’s an essence that will be captured when you listen to both parts.”

The boys have come a long way from the Oshawa music scene, which Lowman says is “still festering.”

After moving to Toronto in 2002, the band, which also includes Dale Murray (guitar) and Corey Wood (drums), found the city’s scene to be inviting. They found mentors in groups like The Constantines.

They released four other records before Morning Comes, which they plan to tour extensively on.

So, after their latest national tour, the boys say it’s nice to be back to the place they call home – “even if the hotels had water slides!”

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