They’ve toured around all summer long, hitting Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Vernon and Kamloops, but they are not finished yet.
Cod Gone Wild will be at the Chase Community Hall Nov. 10, for a fun filled show promoting their latest album release, The Traveler.
Their second independent studio album continues on with their unique modern-celtic themed sound.
The title track depicts a story reminiscent of Andrew Mercer’s real life after he left his Newfoundland home three years ago.
The song, co-written by Mercer and band member Chad Carter, tells a tale of a Newfoundlander that leaves home with his guitar in hand, to head west in search of prosperity, but fails to find it in the oil sands of Alberta.
Mercer’s background is where much of the albums sound is derived from.
“Where someone comes from is very important,” says Mercer, “especially if it is a place like Newfoundland, where tradition, culture, and heritage are so deeply rooted.”
Mercer explains that even after he left home, he wanted to make sure he stayed true to his homegrown culture.
“After relocating to British Columbia, it was essential for me that the influence from home remained strong through the songs. It was equally important that the individual musicians in the band be creative with their instruments, reflecting their experiences and where they came from.”
The result was an album rich in musical talent, and jammed with musical favorites from across the country.
“We have blended together our talents, diverse musical backgrounds and influence to create what we call our own brand of ‘Modern Celtic’ music,” says Mercer. “The Traveler, for us, represents the journey that we are all on together; spreading the Celtic spirit from Newfoundland to British Columbia and beyond. Our musical journey has just begun.”
The album showcases a number of classic favourites from the East Coast such as “I’se Da B’ye,” “Drunken Sailor,” and maritime classic, “Farewell to Nova Scotia.”
The album does not stick only to creative remakes, but also ventures into a number of original songs as well including, “The Traveler,” “Days Gone By,” “Five Thousand Miles,” and a live version of “Sociable.”
The band also included a few songs that were written by fellow artists including “the Galway Girl” by Steve Earle and “Saltwater Joys,” by Wayne Chaulk, a Newfoundland songwriter and member of east coast group Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers.
The band will be rolling into the village to share their musical talents in a live show Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. before moving on to tackle the rest of Canada. Tickets are on sale for $20 and can be purchased at G-Force Board Shop, 927 Shuswap Ave.