Slowly Getting BetterCalling All Captains

Bridging the gap between pop-punk/post-hardcore, Calling All Captains is excited to announce their debut full-length album, Slowly Getting Better. Additionally, the band has shared their new single and music video “Wasted” from the forthcoming LP. Slowly Getting Better is set to be released on October 29th, 2021 via Equal Vision Records.

On the new single, the band shares: "'Wasted' is for the ones who are stuck in their vices. It's tiring being a slave to addiction or substance abuse. Sometimes you play along and act the part, so you don't lose those closest to you. Do these people have your best interest at heart? Do you only hang out and drink? Will they be there for you at 3:00 am on a Tuesday when you need it? This song reflects on the type of lives that we fall into as a young adult. Your twenties are not supposed to be a giant party. It is a difficult time transitioning between adolescence and adulthood. I wish I could tell my younger self to put down the substances and focus more on life's essential aspects."

 Originating from small towns outside of Edmonton, Alberta, pop-punk/post-hardcore band Calling All Captains, consisting of Luc Gauthier (vocals), Brad Bremner (guitar/vocals), Connor Dawkins (guitar/vocals), Nick Malychuk (bass), and Tim Wilson (drums), has been manifesting the release of their debut full-length record, Slowly Getting Better, for the past few years and are eager to finally share their creations with the world.

Slowly Getting Better is a compilation of hardships, persistence, love, and acceptance, and is a thrilling follow up to the 2019 EP, Nothing Grows Here. Calling All Captains' unique sound allows them to dip their toes in both the pop-punk and post-hardcore realms using poppy instrumental elements with a punk-like, aggressive vocal style.

 After their initial recording plans were halted in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, the band was able to bring in their Nothing Grows Here producer, Quinn Cyrankiewicz, and safely record the album at The Audio Department in their hometown. With more demos and songs than they’d ever written before, the band got to work refining and perfecting every note of every song, taking weeks to decide which were good enough to make the cut for their first debut full length album Slowly Getting Better.

 Calling All Captains has a fluid dynamic where each member holds an untold responsibility for writing and being an asset to the band. Luc and Connor are the primary songwriters. Brad focuses on the technical elements. Tim concentrates on the beat, and Nick envisions how the songs will perform live and which technical aspects will draw the crowds in. According to Luc, this collaboration "allows the song to be relatable and personable to each member of the band."

 The lyrics on the record reflect the woes of their mid-twenties and issues about drugs and mental health, while simultaneously offering the listener the comfort of someone else who understands the struggle. "Tailspin," the first single released from the new record, is an energetic and emotional track to kick off this cycle with, and it perfectly highlights the seamless collaboration of all of the members. "We didn't want any lull points, but we also didn't want to give too much away about the record," Brad stated. Connor joins Luc on vocals and takes over a verse to add even more depth to an already technical track.

 Slowly Getting Better is a soundtrack for the struggling yet hopeful people out there. "Hang in there. We’ll all get better, together.”

Slowly Getting Better album artPurchaseOctober 29th, 2021


Jason Gordon

Calling All Captains - Slowly Getting Better - First Impressions

October 26th, 2021

There’s been a great run of releases in the melodic post-hardcore and emo-tinged pop punk realm this fall, especially with recent releases from Hawthorne Heights, Can’t Swim, Jail Socks and the forthcoming Youth Fountain and Like Pacific LPs releasing soon. However, one release that should not be overlooked in this category is the forthcoming Equal Vision Records debut LP from Edmonton, Alberta’s Calling All Captains titled “Slowly Getting Better”. This album seamlessly bridges the gap between early 2000s melodic pop punk and post-hardcore with the gruffy anthemic punk rock of the mid 2000s. Instantly accessible and full of ear-worms, Calling All Captains debut album is jam packed with sing-along angst-fueled punk rock anthems, both gritty, melodic, and emotionally charged, with plenty of sing-along hooks, gang vocals and well placed screams to go along with it. These are the type of triumphant songs that will have a crowd of kids jumping up and down in the pit with their first in the air, screaming along to every word. “Slowly Getting Better” sounds both nostalgic and current, and would fit nicely alongside earlier Story So Far, Polar Bear Club, Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember and bands of that ilk. There’s a great range of dynamics on their debut LP, ranging from mid-tempo and fast paced rockers, to slower and darker sounding more emo-tinged pop punk. The two vocalists complement each other well, with trade off raw and sung vocals, dual layered guitar melodies, and head-bobbing rhythms. And the production is big and bright, making for an album that will sound great with the volume cranked to 11. These guys are definitely a band to contend with, and should definitely make a name for themselves in the current scene off the heels of this outstanding release. Favorite songs on my initial listen include Tailspin, Loyalty, Wasted, and Friends and Family, all which bring something different to the table without veering too far away from their trademark sing/shout-along pop-punk/post-hardcore hybrid sound. Do yourself a favor and check this release out, and make sure you catch them live on their upcoming tour.