Article by Madison Foster
We here at London Calling have been following the work and music of Olenka and the Autumn Lovers since their start in 2008. With the lyrical genius of front woman Olenka Krakus and the mix of rock, folk and the right amount of Eastern European influence, who could blame us? So we're more than excited for the band's first release in two years with their “Hard Times” EP (a beautifully done seven track melody with telling of struggle and confusion in modern day society and pressures) AND the limited edition release of the“It's Alright” 7” (the first vinyl release for the Autumn Lovers full of haunting guitar and melancholy lyrics that set the scene of disappointment and longing). These two released are works of love and dedication put together in collaboration with the band and friends throughout the city. Both releases were recorded at local recording studio The Sugar Shack, owned and run by band member Simon Larochette and mastered by Dan Weston (who has worked with such names as Shad, Danial Romano and The Weather Station). “It's Alright” is to be released in partnership with We Kill Giants, a new independent label based out of London.
Just off of their month long tour across Ontario, Quebec and the East Coast and they're right back at it with a duel release show where fans can pick up the EP and pre-order the 7”. On Friday, November 2nd the band has invited music lover, friends and family to join them at the Talbot Street Church as they take the stage with local native turned Winnipeg folk songstress Jenny Berkel and London folk powerhouse Firehouse, lead by “Handsome” Dan Mancini and now with nine members taking the stage. Enjoy a night and fantastic music in a beautifully renovated church located at 513 Talbot St. Doors open at 6:30pm with music starting at 7pm. Tickets are available in advance for $12 at Grooves Records, Hot Dog and the Village Idiot or at the door for $15.