Thrush Hermit Will Reunite for the 20th Anniversary of Clayton Park
Joel Plaskett, Rob Benvie, Ian McGettigan and Cliff Gibb will be revisiting their Halifax indie rock roots as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of Thrush Hermit’s second and final album, Clayton Park.
The media masthead of Canadian cool, George Stroumboulopoulos, made the announcement on Twitter at midnight last night that Clayton Park will not only be released on LP on April 12th for Record Store Day, but he also revealed five eastern Canadian reunion shows for Thrush Hermit this fall.
Thrush Hermit are reuniting for some shows & Clayton Park will be released on @recordstoreday.
— Strombo ☠️🐺🏴 🎼🏍 🌱 (@strombo) March 25, 2019
Formed in 1992, Thrush Hermit were one of the notable acts to emerge from Halifax during the “Seattle of the north” era in the mid-1990s. After signing with Sloan’s Murderecords in 1994 to release the EP’s Smart Bomb (which included the Plaskett-penned track “Hated It“, also appearing on the soundtrack to Kevin Smith’s film Mallrats) and The Great Pacific Ocean (an EP recorded and produced by Steve Albini), Thrush Hermit became one of the many alternative bands scooped up from the indies by a major label in the 1990s.
In 1997, Thrush Hermit made their debut on Elektra records with their first full-length album, Sweet Homewrecker. While the album helped break the band into the American market, it didn’t perform well enough for Elektra to fund a followup. Returning to the Canadian indies, it was Hamilton-based label Sonic Unyon that would be the home for Thrush Hermit’s second and final album, Clayton Park, in 1999.
Named after the Halifax suburb, Clayton Park was a warmly received collection of tracks that featured the singles “The Day We Hit the Coast” and “From the Back of the Film“. By the end of 1999, Thrush Hermit decided to go out on a high note and embark on a farewell tour while hot on the heels of Clayton Park.
The three songwriters behind Thrush Hermit went on to comprise or contribute to projects such as The Joel Plaskett Emergency, The Dears, Tigre Benvie, and Camouflage Nights. Songs For The Gang: Thrush Hermit Tribute collected covers of the band in 2009, and it was followed by a complete collection boxset of Thrush Hermit’s material in 2010.
The Complete Recordings CD set via New Scotland Records was accompanied by a handful of 2010 reunion shows, and the upcoming dates to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of Clayton Park will mark their first shows since.
The full dates as posted by Strombo are as follows:
September 26th – Moncton, NB – Tide and Boar
September 28th – Halifax, NS – Marquee Ballroom
October 2nd – Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club
October 3rd – London, ON – London Music Hall
October 4th – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall