Quiet Parade



Like the music itself, Quiet Parade’s evolution has moved in a slow crescendo, steadily but insistently building on a foundation of nostalgia and longing, to create songs that are as forward-looking melodically as they are lyrically wistful, a carefully cultivated combination of folk-pop music.

Quiet Parade fully marched to life as a solo project for Trevor Murphy, who in 2011 released Please Come Home (We Hate It Here Without You), ruminating on his days growing up on the edge of Nova Scotia, a rural kid following in the footsteps of fellow Yarmouth sons Brian Borcherdt and Wintersleep’s Paul Murphy. In 2013, Old Haunts presented a burgeoning full-band version of Quiet Parade, the same bleeding-heart craggy-shore lyrics inside of bigger arrangements.

On Quiet Parade, the Halifax unit steps forward together. As with its previous two releases, this one was produced by JUNO-nominated producer Daniel LedwellEcho Lake, Ledwell’s studio hidden in the trees behind his home in Lake Echo, is itself a secret paradise on the outskirts of Halifax, an artistic haven just over the hill from an unsuspecting suburb. Its lakeside views, foggy nights, and relaxed atmosphere are instilled in the recording as it rocks, as if on a gentle wave, from indie-pop to alt-country to folk. Winding guitar lines, fading choruses and insistent percussion hook the ear while the words go straight for the heart. It’s an album for late-night drives and early morning walks, on headphones at a whisper and stereos turned up loud.

While Murphy has always had a steady hand on his own memories, the mood here is wider, wiser, more confident—even when admitting its mistakes. “We Were Here” evokes Plans-era Death Cab For Cutie, with its mid-tempo stumble through a sleeping town, its soaring chorus the promise of legacy. The upbeat piano line in “Heavy Winter” belies the lyrics’ sense of loss and confusion, while propulsive percussion keeps heads above water in “Ancestors. In “City of the Dead”—’we’re all born and bred/to be liars’—we wait for help that maybe never comes, or could be caught on the back of the whoa-oh-ohs stitched underneath. “Light Back Home” wears its honesty boldly, offering apologies and solutions in equal measure.

Quiet Parade is available via Acadian Embassy.


“We Were Here” (Directed by Jeff Miller)

“City of the Dead” (Directed by Gavin Maclean)


Honesty — aching, gutted, wry — has been a trademark of Quiet Parade’s artistry…Every song packs a lyrical punch, be it the quiet poetry of the twang-tinged ‘Good Advice’ to the frank and starry cry for help, ‘Calling Out.‘” – CBC Music

…glistening chords, sweetened melodies and a rooted sense of the familiar that rings out from every acoustic guitar strum. Murphy’s vocals have a soft timbre that recall the Weakerthans’ John K. Samson or Woodpigeon’s Mark Andrew Hamilton. The songs’ piano patterns — performed by Julia Weir, whose harmonies are crucial to the band’s live sound — echo mid-career Death Cab for Cutie and their ilk.” – Exclaim!

…the new album sees Quiet Parade’s songs about small-town roots and big city stresses brought into sharper focus… Songs are layered without becoming laboured, achieving a healthy vocal-instrumental glow without losing the band’s backbeat.” – The Chronicle Herald

The music doesn’t stay in one place sonically, yet recurring local lyrical themes keep the songs from travelling too far…for Quiet Parade, that means no matter where the music wanders, it will always travel back to familiar, foggy shores.” – The Coast

‘City of the Dead’ is the second song off the band’s latest release to receive the video treatment. Inspired by a line from AMC’s Seattle police drama series The Killing, the song pairs the band’s established melancholy esthetic with a strong sense of optimism.” – Grid City Magazine

Quiet Parade turned up as a full band, bringing a bigger, wider canvas on which to showcase the same honest introspection.” – Quick Before It Melts

…a dreamy mix of harmonies, harmony and optimism.” – FYI Music News

Hypnotic piano repetition and the melodramatic progression of [We Were Here’s] verses eventually lead to a warm, soothing chorus lead by Murphy’s vocals and whispering harmonies from the band.” – Dusty Organ

I simply couldn’t get enough.” – Canadian Beats

There’s a nice dynamic sweep to the material.” – New Canadian Music

…a kind of rural dream pop, with a healthy dollop of Nova Scotia fog. – Bob Mersereau

…le groupe bénéficie de la maîtrise des hameçons mélodiques de Murphy qui arrive à intégrer ceux-ci dans sa démarche Folk.” – BRBR

…je suis très heureux de les redecouvrir et de faire de Quiet Parade (2015) un élément important de ma bande sonore automnale.” – Frédéric Bussières


CBC Radio 2 Top 20 charting:
#18 [Aug 28]
#8 [Sept 11]
#6 [Sept 18 – peak position]
#7 [Sept 25]
#7 [Oct 2]

CBC Radio 3 R3-30 charting:
#19 [Sept 14]
#13 [Sept 21]
#10 [Sept 28]
#6 [Oct 5]
#2 [Oct 12 – peak position]
#6 [Oct 19]
#8 [Oct 26]

East Coast Countdown Top 10 charting:
#10 [Sept 13]
#9 [Sept 20]
#8 [Sept 27]
#8 [Oct 2]
#8 – [Oct 9]
#6 – [Oct 16]
#5 – [Oct 23 – peak position]


– #7 on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20 Highest Voted Fan Favourites of 2015
– #76 on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20 Top 100 songs of 2015
– #37 on CBC Radio 3’s Top 103 Canadian Indie Songs of 2015



Past 12 months:
Halifax Pop Explosion 2015 (Halifax, NS)
Nova Scotia Music Week 2015 (Yarmouth, NS)
In The Dead of Winter 2016 (Halifax, NS)
Shivering Songs 2016 (Fredericton, NB)
– East Coast Music Week 2016 (Sydney, NS)
– Canadian Music Week 2016 (Toronto, ON)

Coal Shed Music Festival 2016 (Yarmouth, NS)


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