Corey Isenor's sad tunes belie his cheery nature, to hear his latest album, The Hunting Party, you might figure he's a brooding type, surviving on black coffee and heartbreak, longing for gentler times. He'll dispel these myths on his Canadian tour, taking his songs and his good nature to New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario, to play with musicians like Fall Horsie, L'il Andy, Banded Stilts, Pat LePoidevin and Jennah Barry. By all counts, it should be a fun one.
"I'm really looking forward to travelling around half of Canada in the summer. I've never really gone on a serious summer road trip, so this is looking to be a lot of fun," he says.
Like many of the tracks from The Hunting Party---a dusky sounding album, a soundtrack to careen down a country dirt road to---the title track deals with the confusion of finding one's place in the world. But that particular song has a backstory that, at least on paper, is sort of funny.
"The song was inspired by an event where I was almost the victim of a drive by BB gun shooting, involving a roving band of Sackville, New Brunswick teenagers and me on my bike. Needless to say, I didn't get hurt but could only write a song about it to deal with the pain," Isenor jokes.
The only truly sad story is what Isenor may do in the fall. Like many talented Nova Scotians, Isenor may be lured away, but possibly not too far. "I've been tempted by the south shore of Nova Scotia and possibly Vancouver," Isenor says. "But really anything could happen."
Regardless, it's probably a good idea to fill your boots with Isenor's quirky, melancholy folk stories while you can.
"I'd like to think I'm a fairly positive guy but I think my music is a venue for dealing with or talking about the other sort of emotional or personal side of my life that I wouldn't normally exhibit," he says. "I just haven't figured out how to write too many songs about the good things yet."
Corey Isenor w/Dark for Dark, Jennah Barry, Thursday, July 12 at Gus’ Pub 9pm, $8