The Reason

The Reason

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Biography

Adam White (vocals), James Nelan (guitar), and Ronson (bass) formed The Reason in Hamilton, Ontario in early 2003. Their first EP, Problems Associated With Running, was released the same year and won Best Punk Recording at the 2004 Hamilton Music Awards. In the year that followed The Reason underwent a number of member changes resulting in a five-piece line-up of White, Nelan, Jeremy Widerman on guitar, Cam Bordignon on drums and Sean Palmer on bass. The Reason took their show on the road and subsequently signed to Smallman Records after the label witnessed a performance so full of energy that it ended with post-show stitches for White.

The Reason released their first full-length Ravenna on Smallman Records in September of 2004. The album was strong enough to land the band over 200 shows in the following year, including tours with Bane, Alexisonfire, Murphy’s Law, Bigwig, No Use For A Name, Strung Out, Moneen, Comeback Kid and Hopesfall and shows at CMW, Edgefest, and Wakestock. The band’s mix of punk and aggressive pop triggered comparisons to Grade and early Get Up Kids. According to Chart Magazine, The Reason had “sharpened their attack, tightened up arrangements and honed their harmonies to precision-drilled perfection”.

In August 2005 the band rented a cottage in Ontario and began writing songs for their sophomore album. The demo created through this session attracted the help of Juno-winning producer Gavin Brown (Billy Talent, Three Days Grace). After hearing the new songs and seeing the band perform live, Brown agreed to work with The Reason “as a labour of love”. During this time Palmer was replaced with their original bassist, Ronson. With Brown at the helm and a new solid lineup, The Reason narrowed the focus of their songwriting, channeling their energetic style into a more comprehensive approach.

The new album, Things Couldn’t Be Better (to be released March 6, 2007), is in some ways a departure from their previous album. The band’s musical style has evolved in the two years between recordings, leaving behind the more aggressive tendencies of Ravenna in favour of more melodic vocals, keyboard undertones and undeniably catchy songs. Influenced by bands such as Cursive and Hot Water Music, and described by producer Gavin Brown as the Police meets Modest Mouse and by others as The Clash meets the Cure, Things Couldn’t Be Better is a culmination of two years of passionate work and the perfect reflection of the bands experiences during that time.

Discography

The Reason - "Raveena"

The Reason - "Things couldn't be better"