Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs

Members

L to R:
Connor Glen [drums]
Joel Desbois [rhythm guitar]
Liam Doyle [lead guitar]
Sam Coffey [vocals]
Dave Tyson [keys]
Richard Stanley [bass]

Label

Dine Alone Records
website

Biography

Toronto-based powerhouse Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs release their 3rd studio LP Real One on February 19, 2021 via Dine Alone Records. Real One is produced by Kevin Ratterman, who is known for his work with White ReaperStrands of Oak and My Morning Jacket, and is a work of loving, earnest maximalism. The ambitious record features blown-out gang vocals, sweeping piano, shimmering saxophone, romantic string arrangements, and resounding guitars reigning across 11 tracks.  Along with his band mates Dave Tyson (keys), Liam Doyle (lead guitar), Joel “French” Desbois (rhythm guitar), Richard Stanley (bass) and Connor Glen (drums), Coffey has created an album that could be staged on Broadway. Across the album Coffey explores different voices and tones, putting them on like a stage actor might costumes. Real One glides from arena-rock rippers (“Back With The Gang”) to fringed country gallops (“Magic”) to slow-burning Brill Building balladry (“Gates Of Heaven”) to beloved Thin Lizzy-adjacent workouts (“She Knows”). To complete these anthemics, the band called on their community for help: vocalist Siânteuse contributed soaring operatic vocals to four tracks, while Destroyer’s Joseph Shabason’s sax solos alternate between brooding patiently on “Gates Of Heaven” and screaming boldly on “15 Minutes,” and Paul Erlichman of Ducks Unlimited and Elrichman arranged the string quartet who underpin the album’s most dramatic moments. “It’s a really triumphant, victorious record,” says Coffey. “I always thought I wasn’t where I should be, but now I feel like I am.”

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It’s been three years since Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs released their self-titled LP on Dine Alone. An album that elevated their rough and ready garage stylings into something with true arena rock ambitions, the album was a milestone for the band that saw them adding surprise commercial radio success in their native Canada to high praise from international media outlets like Pitchfork, VICE, Consequence of Sound, BrooklynVegan and Spin, while taking their joyous live show on the road on a bigger scale then they ever had before as they toured with acts like FIDLAR, The Dirty Nil, Frank Turner and Billie Joe Armstrong’s The Longshot. 

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Video

Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs - What This City Needs (Official Video)

Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs - What This City Needs (Official Video)

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Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs

Kate Dockeray

Album Art

Real One

Real One

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