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Quiet Parade w/York Redoubt, Jon McKiel 

Quiet Parade may have been quiet in the past, but this Saturday, the Halifax pop band will be crowding onto the tiny stage at Ginger’s Tavern to release its debut album, Labour Day. “The name is emblematic of the kind of music I wanted to play, music that starts kind of quiet and ends loud sometimes,” says singer/songwriter Trevor Murphy.Quiet Parade is Murphy’s mellowest and most personal project. He also plays in local bands The Sleepless Nights and The Establishment. “The lyrics are intensely personal and more intimate. reflects more my personal style of music as opposed to my other bands.” Richard Lann on drums, Jason Methot on guitar, Jeff Pineau on bass and Kristin Baker on xylophone round out Quiet Parade. The band’s songs pair frank, mostly unfiltered, lyrics streamed from Murphy’s subconscious, with soothing guitar and xylophone sounds. “Only Bones,” the first track on the album, is a song about Murphy’s tennis elbow (a kind of tendonitis of the elbow, ouch!) and his fear of doctors. “I’ll sit down with a guitar, strum some chords and try to shut down, let the words come,” says Murphy. He tries not to edit the songs too much. “Writing songs is a product of your subconscious, so if things are coming out that you want to say, then you should just let yourself say them.” For the show at Ginger’s, Murphy is planning on having a six to 10-piece choir to sing backup. He makes no secret about how grateful he is for his friends and praises them for joining him on stage. “This wouldn’t happen ---I’d just be a dude playing guitar on a stage if I didn’t have so many cool friends that enjoyed my songs, who were willing to stick their necks out for me.”

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