Tanner Gordon & The Unfortunates
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Tanner Gordon & The Unfortunates

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | INDIE

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | INDIE
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Tanner Gordon & The Unfortunates @ Avenue Theatre

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Tanner Gordon & The Unfortunates @ The Pawn Shop

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada



Wow, my first review for Indie Music Magazine and my first listen to Canadian based Tanner & The Unfortunates.
Loading up first track “Elizabeth”, my ears perked up and I immediately sat up straight and as the song played on, started tapping my foot along to the lively beat which set a positive tone for the rest of the album.

With echoes of “Counting Crows” swirling in the background, this is an album that will appeal to a wide age range. The laid back acoustic sound/s and melody’s entwine beautifully with vocalist Tanner Gordon’s unique vocals, which can only be described as a mixture of Counting Crows Front man Adam Duritz and the movement which saw them emerge from the San Fransico Indie- Acoustic Rock music scene during the early 90’s.

There are some absolutely beautiful songs on this album, showing levels of musical maturity on tracks like “Yesterdays” and “Don’t Speak” far beyond the bands age.
What really surprised me though, was how well the album moved seamlessly between tracks like “Six Of Hearts” and the more hard hitting “No Ghost” and “Shadows”.
The bands ability to do this really helps to move the album along and kept me interested right to the end.
With the majority of new music I listen to these days seeming to merge into one 40 minute long song, I was more than happy to let this album play through whilst I wrote this and that for me, is a rarity!
Without a doubt one of the standout track’s of the album is the almost melancholy “Yesterdays”. The laid back bass line in the verse making me want to pick up my bass and just get lost in the music.
This album however is no one trick pony and to me, every song stands out on its own and is a testament to the work that went into the writing process.

All in all, I see big things for the future of this Canadian quartet.
I wouldn’t be surprised if opening track “Elizabeth” appears in the next feel good hit flick of 2012. In fact if I didn’t know better, I would have said the entire album was the new soundtrack off the latest Hit Rom-Com out at the cinema.

“We talked of Shadows” is definitely worth a listen and will be on my playlist for some time to come, I hope it’s on yours!

By Justin Harper

IMM Rating: 8/10
- Indie Music Mag


…All Those Yesterdays (2008)

Calm Down This Is Only The End (2010)

We Talked Of Shadows (2011)



Tanner Gordon & the Unfortunates is a band based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Tanner originally started off as a solo folk singer/songwriter and released his debut album "...all those yesterdays", before being introduced to Tim Plamondon in 2009. Tim was enlisted to play guitar for Tanner at local shows. Brendan Urban was later added to the band on drums to round out the first inception of The Unfortunates, unnamed at the time. Shortly thereafter Tanner and the band entered the studio and came out with their first full length album together entitled 'Calm Down This Is Only The End'. "Calm Down" was met with a very warm reception from critics and listeners alike. Sensing the need for a new layer and further development, Bryce Thornton was introduced to the band as the lead guitar player. The addition of Bryce saw Tim jumping over to bass and The Unfortunates were officially born. Influenced by the Sounds of Nirvana, Stereophonics and Weezer; The Unfortunates used live shows to devlope their unique sound. Many shows, demos and practices later the band found themselves with a truly ground breaking collection of songs. Their second full length album "We Talked Of Shadows" was released November 22nd 2011.