Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy

Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy


The Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy are the last rays of a setting summer sun blotted out by a black thunder cloud rolling in to drench the night. They crawled through thickets of brush just to bring this to you. They are your subconscious coming out in a fevered dream. A quiet moment with a lover alone.


The Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy are based in Ontario's royal city; Guelph. Their roots spread far and deep in to Canadian soil. These lovers and bandits have wandered in from the underbrush, dirty, slightly bruised but with clarity of mind and spirit to play songs. Songs of lost love, songs of rage and regret, songs of jubilant excitation. They tell stories. Stories about people. People who may or may not have ever really lived. These songs strike to the core of what folk music is. And some times if you listen closely you can hear the sound of wheels on a dusty road. Chances are that's the sound of the boys on their way to the next show...

Here they are performing at the Black Sheep Inn:

Review of the album Orchard Songs:
Exclaim Review By Vish Khanna December 11, 2006
This latest effort by Guelph’s Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy is a fantastic country rock record that grabs the listener by the collar and never lets go. Burgeoning contemporaries of the Sadies that have picked up on a trail left behind by the Flying Burrito Brothers, Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy have got grit and grooves to spare and they flex their muscles on this fascinatingly musical album. “True Love Killed My True Love’s Love for Me” is rootsy pop at its finest, with hazy, hangdog vocals floating in between some compelling pedal steel work by Jesse Whiteside. “Sad Song” is a dark frontier number that recalls the Unintended, while “More to Dying” possesses the mystical traits of a Greg Keelor meditation but with an indie rock flavoured soundtrack. By “Coastal Town,” the monotone vocals and lo-fi production are as familiar as old friends, but the gang vocals on the Califone-esque “I Am So” mark a shift on this multi-layered record. The sweeter sounds of the Byrds are conjured up on “Darling Girl,” while the spacey, experimental “Bandit” oozes danger. With skills to pay the bills, Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy have fearlessly sent a bit of genius out into the world with Orchards.


Dirty Water Flows (2005)

Orchard Songs (2007)

Singles: True Love, Bandit, Coastal Town
(played on CBC radio 3 and Radio 1 & collage stations across the country)

No Fi 100% Solid Gold Compilation (2008)

Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy (spring 2010 release)

Set List

Typically Tacoma performs a mix of songs from their recent albums. New songs are written all the time and frequently included in the set. Sets are flexible and usually run for 45 min with up to 3 sets a night.