The Reception

The Reception


Melodically driven emo rock without the angst-ridden whining.


In search of a new sound, Jon Rash, Andrew Hedlin, and Jon Peters formed The Reception in late 2003. Influenced by the likes of Mae, Jimmy Eat World, and Further Seems Forever, and fueled by a desire for deeper spiritual meaning, The Reception began to form a powerful repertoire of melodically driven and emotionally charged songs. Seattle musician Nick Mullin joined the lineup near the beginning of 2005, complementing the cleverly engineered emo-driven sound.

Themes of loss, pain and longing coexist with sentiments of grace, love and faith throughout the lyrical landscape on their debut release "Does it Keep You Awake?" produced by well known Winnipeg Producer John Paul Peters (Comeback Kid, Every New Day). Breaking ranks with the typical cadences of modern rock music, The Reception's bombastic rhythms break open their melodies, as the distinctly textured soundscapes they've created elevate each song to an ecstatic fury, unparalleled by their contemporaries. Much lauded by fans and critics alike, The Reception has recieved a wealth of well-deserved praise. Of their debut, the Winnipeg Sun wrote "with their more deliberate pacing, rich keyboards, strong dynamics and decidedly spiritual lyrics, they take bold strides in an impressive direction of their own."

Live, these four young men leave behind audacity and posturing in favor of an earnest and unassuming performance. Confident and energetic, The Reception has brought inspired performances throughout western Canada. Their tenacity combined with obvious talent have garnered them a dedicated, ever-growing following.

Whether live or on CD, don't miss a chance to connect with The Reception, one of Winnipeg's most exciting up-and-coming bands.


Three Easy Payments

Written By: A. Hedlin

industry is pushing onward, making progress / while the world vision children starve to death / sell me something, make me buy it / I'll be happy just to try it / but I know it won't love me back / they say take a deeper breath, give it your honest best / and spend your dollar wise as you can / take a deeper breath give it your honest best / overtime time and a half, burning candles at both ends / your money makes you friends / let's all sell our houses, live in cardboard boxes / and never buy happiness again / take what you can get / take what you can get and bury it / take what you can get / take what you can get and swallow it / all my efforts clutter up the floor / they amount to nothing more than filthy rags

Thinking Things Through

Written By: J. Rash

at the end of the day / when the people are gone / and you're left by yourself / who do you hold onto? / at the end of the day / when you've said that you're done / does it keep you awake / tell me where do you run to? / don't tell me you're fine by yourself / something inside of each of us needs someone else / at the end of the day / when you're still set on sun / it still sets when it's done / you can't get what you want to / don't tell me you're fine by yourself / something inside of each of us needs someone else / take a look in your eyes
this isn't something you can hide / look away, weigh your life / what would you change if you could, and why? / don't tell me you're fine by yourself / something inside of each of us is crying out / at the end of the day / when your dollar is gone / you hold onto what's yours / but who do you belong to?


Written By: J. Rash

what words can I say to exculpate myself? / I've no excuses for this.
I run away, but I cannot hide from You / I'm guilty as / against You alone have I sinned / bathe me in crimson /(wash over me)/ and wash me white


Does It Keep You Awake? (2005)
Demo (2004)

Set List

Moment of Truth
Three Easy Payments
Thinking Things Through
Man Made
Bare Branches
I Like You

Hear You Me-Jimmy Eat World
Believe In What You Want-Jimmy Eat World
Giving It Away-Mae
Since You Been Gone-Kelly Clarkson
I Saw The Sign-Ace of Base
Just What I Needed-The Cars
I Celebrate the Day-Relient K