By Allen Steinberg/Quinte Arts Council
After a number of COVID-19-related setbacks, Belleville indie-rock darlings Enrights have returned with their first release of 2021, “Two Birds.”
It’s the third song they’ve revealed from their upcoming full-length album As Long As It Makes Sense To You, set to release August 27. “Two Birds” provides a new direction for the band, as they’ve experimented with different instruments and chord structures on the ballad-esque track. Andrew Wright (vocals, guitar) says that the band wrote in response to a friend going through tough times:
“We wrote the song in the latter half of 2019 when one of our friends had their relationship fall apart and we drew a lot of inspiration from it. I think this is the first time we have used piano as a main instrument in a song, which is cool. I learned how to do some chord inversions during the pandemic but have now forgotten them entirely! This is definitely a new sound for us and is a bit more mid-paced than our older material but still has a lot of energy and packs a punch.”
Enrights, consisting of best friends Wright and Jack McAvoy (also vocals, guitar) engineered, mixed and mastered the entire album in Wright’s apartment in downtown Belleville. After writing the majority of it before the pandemic struck, the recording process became staggered and long-winded due to restrictions. The record’s official release date became difficult to pencil in as a result.
“We actually started recording guitars the weekend before everything shutdown and we were hit with our first stay-at-home order. It really made things tricky so we have had to just take our time with it. There’s been many times where we started to get the ball rolling again only to be put right back into lockdown,” says Wright.
The forthcoming record is Enrights’ second full-length effort after their debut self-titled LP in 2018. Before that, they have two EPs under their belt. The two-piece band has been a staple in the Quinte music scene since their formation in 2017 and has since gotten the opportunity to open for big acts like Sam Roberts Band, The Trews, Buckcherry, Cleopatrick, Theory of a Deadman and Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs. The band can also be heard frequently on 91x and before the pandemic, could often be seen playing around town with local comrades Long Range Hustle. As venues open back up, Enrights are looking to get back to it in the fall.
“We’re hoping to play some shows later this year. We’re already in the early stages of our next release where we’ll be working with one of our favourite producers which we are so excited about. After the pandemic, we have gotten better at just taking our time,” says Wright.
“Two Birds” by Enrights can be found on Spotify, AppleMusic, YouTube and other major streaming platforms.