Lake vibes

The high-en­ergy rock band Hatchet Lake made its de­but EP in a day.


Hatchet Lake w/The Royal Volts, Bear Le Friends Satur­day, Jan­uary 13, 10pm Gus’ Pub, 2605 Agri­cola Street $7

A cou­ple post­poned record­ing ses­sions proved to work in favour of Halifax rock­ers Hatchet Lake.

“It was al­most two or three months later than we orig­i­nally planned to record” the songs, says vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist Craig Har­ris. “That may have been a bless­ing in dis­guise for us, to tighten the songs up even a bit more be­fore we got into the stu­dio.”

The four-piece recorded its self-ti­tled EP in one day in June, recorded by Charles Austin in one of the fi­nal ses­sions at the now-closed Echo Cham­ber Au­dio.

“We didn’t re­ally sit in the stu­dio and write tons of har­monies and over­dubs,” says Har­ris. “It’s kind of like do­ing what we did in the jam room, re­fin­ing the songs and then putting a lit­tle bit of sprin­kles on top in the stu­dio.”

Har­ris first started writ­ing the songs be­fore Hatchet Lake formed, writ­ten in his spare time while tour­ing with his former band, The Stan­fields. “I didn’t have time to start up an­other band, I didn’t re­ally have any in­ter­est in that,” he says. “I was just writ­ing to write.”

The songs were pulled off the back-burner and Har­ris re­cruited bassist Stephen MacDon­ald, who hap­pened to live in the same neigh­bour­hood, af­ter MacDon­ald’s band Ku­ato went on hia­tus. Gui­tarist Andy Ma­cLean and drum­mer Adam Wedge­wood joined to make a rock and roll band that puts on en­er­getic live shows and par­lays that mo­men­tum onto

Hatchet Lake. Af­ter Satur­day’s release show at Gus’, Hatchet Lake plans on hun­ker­ing down in the stu­dio over the next few months to build its setlist and work on orig­i­nal songs that are still in a half-fin­ished state.

“High en­ergy has al­ways been my thing. I have quite an over­ac­tive imag­i­na­tion that runs away from it­self,” says Har­ris. “The top­ics can get a lit­tle bit dark.”


Hatchet Lake’s new EP keeps the room mov­ing.

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