Thunder Bay’s modern rock outfit, The Honest Heart Collective, breathes fresh life into the indie scene with their latest single, “Suffocate,” out now via AWAL. On “Suffocate,” the band reconnected with JUNO-nominated producer Derek Hoffman (Arkells, The Darcys, RALPH), with whom they previously collaborated on their 2018 sophomore album Grief Rights and their acclaimed 2021 release More Harm, dubbed “a triumph” and “the howling, defiant arrival of the Honest Heart Collective’s voice and vision,” by The Walleye.
Mixed by JUNO-nominated engineer Gus Van Go (Metric, Said The Whale) and mastered by engineer Dan Weston (Haviah Mighty, The Sheepdogs), ‘Suffocate’ marks both a sense of closure from young adulthood and the start of a matured version of The Honest Heart Collective – a crossroads of promise and pain.
On the inspiration behind the song, lead singer Ryan MacDonald shares,
“I’ve toyed with the idea of giving up on my dreams a few times now. You could even say I romanticized it; how sweet life could taste without the unpredictable struggle of chasing a forever-moving finish line. Then again, could I even find happiness in abandoning what we worked so hard to obtain? Every time I think about it, I question my purpose. I’ve learned that a person without a purpose can be a dangerous thing. Desperately avoiding bitter disappointment. It’s a suffocating feeling when what you want in life conflicts with what you see when you close your eyes and say your own name.”
THE HONEST HEART COLLECTIVE 2023 TOUR DATES:
March 9 – Winnipeg, MB – Good Will Social Club
March 16 – Sudbury, ON – The Townehouse Tavern
March 17 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
March 18 – Ottawa, ON – The Rainbow Bistro – SOLD OUT
March 23 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
March 24 – London, ON – Rum Runners
March 25 – Kingston, ON – The Broom Factory
March 30 – Edmonton, AB – The Buckingham
April 1 – Calgary, AB – Modern Love
April 28 – Thunder Bay, ON – NV Music Hall
Connect with The Honest Heart Collective:
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.
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