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East Coast Music Awards (ECMA)-Won
  • 2008 - Pop Recording Of The Year ("Little Jabs")
East Coast Music Awards (ECMA)-Nominated
  • 2014 - Album of the Year (Foolish Blood)
  • 2014 - Pop Recording of the Year ("Foolish Blood")
  • 2011 - Fan's Choice Video Of The Year
  • 2010 - Group Recording Of The Year ("Territory")
  • 2010 - Pop Recording Of The Year ("Territory")
  • 2008 - FACTOR Recording Of The Year ("Little Jabs")
  • 2008 - Video Of The Year ("Jezebel")
  • 2007 - Alternative Recording Of The Year ("Isolator")
Music Prince Edward Island (MPEI)-Won
  • 2007 - Group Of The Year
  • 2007 - Alternative Rock Recording Of The Year
Music Prince Edward Island (MPEI)-Nominated
  • 2014 - Pop Recording of the Year (Foolish Blood)
  • 2014 - Group Recording of the Year (Foolish Blood)
  • 2013 - Entertainer Of The Year
  • 2013 - SpinCount Touring Artist Of The Year
  • 2013 - Video Of The Year ("Amour Than Amis")
  • 2011 - Video Of The Year ("Noisemaker")
  • 2010 - Songwriter Of The Year ("Noisemaker")
  • 2010 - Group Of The Year
  • 2010 - Album Of The Year (Territory)
  • 2010 - Pop Recording Of The Year ("Territory")

Biography: 

Two Hours Traffic’s specialty has always been unforgettable pop melodies and their last album was no exception. With a revamped lineup and a new producer behind the board, the award-winning Charlottetown band honed their craft and created their catchiest, most focused album to date, Foolish Blood.

Fans first experienced Two Hours Traffic’s retooled approach in late 2012 with the Siren Spell EP. That tantalizing four-song teaser was full of electrifying, Motown-influenced arrangements and razor-sharp choruses that were big-hearted and hooky in equal measures. On Foolish Blood, listeners can experience the full scope of the band’s vision.

“We built the songs from the bottom up,” explains Corcoran. “If you’re going to write good pop music, it really has to start with the bass and the drums. Once that was completed, it was easy to do everything else.” Two Hours Traffic’s melodies are every bit as tuneful and hook-filled as ever, and they pack even more of a wallop this time around thanks to the scorching grooves. This is evident on standouts like the surging “Amour Than Amis” and the sock-hopping “I Don’t Want 2 Want U.”

To capture their new sound, Two Hours Traffic teamed with Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, the Sadies, the New Pornographers) at his Operation Northwoods studio in rural Ontario. During an intensely productive two-week session, the producer captured the band’s straight-out-of-the-garage energy with gorgeous sonic crispness.

“He really understood the kind of music we wanted to make,” remembers Corcoran. “It was a eureka moment for us. We gave him almost free reign sonically. We had faith that we were in the same world and that we would like what he was doing.” Chipping in during the sessions were Arkells keyboardist Dan Griffin and pedal steel player Dale Murray, who helped to flesh out an album that focuses almost exclusively on upbeat pop bangers. There’s not a moment of filler and only minimal acoustic guitar; every song goes straight for the gut, making this a whirlwind of giddy pop bliss.

The relentlessly uplifting arrangements don’t mean that the songs lack lyrical or emotional depth. Writing about love is the band’s specialty – they celebrate its flourishing on “Magic,” struggle with its pain on “Faster 4 U,” and question its very nature on “Meaning of Love.” The album title alludes to a line from James Joyce’s short story “Araby,” and encompasses the record’s multifaceted, sometimes critical romantic outlook.

Over the past decade, they’ve earned nominations and wins at the East Coast Music Awards, graced magazine covers, landed TV show placements, and toured across Canada and around the world. With these ever-questioning lyrics and timeless pop tunes, Foolish Blood encapsulates everything that has made these Maritimers one of Canada’s best-loved indie rock bands.

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