Recovery Child


Ryan Interview

Here’s an interview with Ryan talking about Recovery Child’s growth into their second album “Afterimage”, and how their approach to the writing process differed.

Live @ Lee’s Palace, Toronto

Here’s some photos that were taken from our show at Lee’s Palace in Toronto on November 30th, 2011.

Trigger Me – Live

We give ourselves creative liberty when playing our song “Trigger Me”, so much so that the breakdown of the song can be unpredictable (in a good way).

Afterimage Out Now!

We are so happy to announce that our new album Afterimage is out today. You can pick up a copy here:

We started writing the album several years ago, some of the songs dating back almost as far back as our first record On Being And The Affect… . More so than anything else, our goal was to release something that we felt best represented our growth as a band, which is a process that couldn’t be rushed. We chose to record the album ourselves so that we had time to experiment and let the songs develop as they needed to. Many parts were re-written and re-recorded throughout the process until we had refined the album to something we were truly happy with. Afterimage is us exploring the kind of band that Recovery Child could be, and though not everything made the grade, we learned a lot about ourselves and this band by taking the journey. Be sure to check out the videos on our YouTube page to see some of the making of.

Afterimage was originally conceived as a full-length album, not an EP like it is now. We started with 14 songs… we recorded 12… then at the eleventh hour we decided to break the album into two EPs so that we could release more music throughout the year. We vowed never to go as long as we had without releasing more music. The “sister EP” to  Afterimage is due out in early 2012 but for now you can enjoy the fruits of our labour in Afterimage.

Thank you everyone for you patience and continued support.


Bury Your Words – Live In-Studio Acoustic Version

We spent a day in the studio recording some acoustic tracks. At the end of the day we put up one mic in the middle of the room, gathered around it and played. Gord – who is also a guitarist – had written a really cool 12-string guitar part for Bury Your Words. This is what came out.

INXS – Never Tear Us Apart

I Will Defend – Live Bootleg

When we played The Horseshoe in Toronto, Canada on December 10th, 2010 we recorded the audio. This is what came out… flaws and all…

I Will Defend – Live

Ryan’s All-Time Favourite Albums

Choosing my top 5 albums of all time was really difficult. Even after finishing it I’m still sweating thinking that I may have missed something! I pre-apologize to the albums that I may have forgotten. These are in no particular order…

Pearl Jam – Ten

Ten was released when I had just become old enough to develop to my own musical taste. It sounded unlike any other record I’d ever heard, with an attitude and an ideology that perfectly aligned with growing out of my childhood. It was honest and real, and that seemed to make sense to me at the time. I don’t know that I ever bought into the anthemic moniker that was given to many of the songs on the album, but it did speak and the rest didn’t matter. No other album shaped me to the same extent.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Once again, at such an impressionable age, this album was so beyond hip no choice but to love it. Great songs and a unabashed attitude made this album incredible. I never wanted to follow in RHCP’s footsteps but I respected how unique they were. Blood Sugar Sex Magik was also my first exposure to funk which lead to my love of old soul and R&B. That alone puts Blood Sugar Sex Magik on this list.

U2 – Achtung Baby

The songs and the production make this album are an anomaly that could never be recreated. Besides the incredible songwriting, there’s an atmosphere to this record that is unrivaled, and to this day the album doesn’t sound dated. This album is art.

Michael Jackson – Thriller

This doesn’t even require an explanation.

Stone Temple Pilots – Purple

I have always loved Stone Temple Pilots’ attitude which perfectly balanced swagger with hard rock. I remember this albums being so anticipated, especially after Big Empty was released on The Crow soundtrack prior to the actual album release. And just when you thought that you were prepared for the album, it came out of left field as the band showed us all how much they had evolved. STP seemed to balance the dark seriousness of the time, with a tongue-and-cheek playfulness that very few bands can pull off.

… I also had to include my honourable mentions…

Depeche Mode – 101 / Violator / Music For The Masses

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s… / Help!

Alice In Chains – Dirt

Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison

Massive Attack – Mezzanine

Bob Marley – Exodus

Peter Gabriel – So

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

Tom Petty – Damn The Torpedoes

INXS – Kick

The Verve – Urban Hymns

A Lo-Fi Lookback

This video surfaced on the internet. It’s from a show sometime in 2006 where we’re playing the now-closed Reverb. The quality of the video isn’t good at all but it makes up for it in energy. This video captures what lies at the core of the band.

That Time We Made A Music Video.

Yes, we know that we haven’t actually released the music video yet, but here’s a great shot from the shoot.

SXSW Look Back

It takes about 27 hours to get to Austin, TX from Toronto. It’s a long drive, especially when you b-line it there in two days. It was completely worth it though. Austin during SXSW is the most musically receptive place that we’ve ever been. There are thousands and thousands of people there, every one of them present for the music.

We got to be around other amazing Canadian bands like Mother Mother, City and Colour, Dinosaur Bones, Frankie Whyte and the Dead Idols, Royal Canoe, Lindi Ortega, Imaginary Cities etc., and get some vitamin D by shedding our winter parkas. It was also wild seeing our posters all around the main strip. Grassroots marketing at its best.

On our way back north we stopped in Memphis, TN, to take in some southern fare at Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken, and the take a tour of Sun Studios. Sun Studios!! The birthplace of rock n’ roll.

After Memphis, we headed to Louisville, KY, where we were welcomed with open arms by the fine folks at The Rudyard Kipling. They know how to treat traveling bands! We were well fed and well drank. It was the perfect atmosphere for our very first acoustic set.

… But that only came after an impromptu rehearsal in the parking lot out back…

Then it was off to Pittsburgh, PA, and NYC. Arlene’s Grocery in NYC was one of the coolest clubs we’ve ever played. The sound was great and there was tons of vibe… and it was New York!

Then it was just a short 9-hour drive home!

Can’t wait to do it again!

Greg’s All-Time Favourite Albums

In no particular order…

Pearl Jam – Ten

I know it’s a cop out for most rock musicians of our generation to choose this. But hearing about it, buying it, and listening to for the first
time, is so vivid in my mind to this day. I wore out 3 cassette tapes and have bought it on CD the same number of times.

John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band

It’s raw, it’s angry, it’s tender, it’s John free from Paul. ‘Mother’ is quite possibly one of the greatest songs ever written. I love it.

Band of Gypsys – Live at the Fillmore

This time it’s Hendrix free from ‘the Experience’. Psychedelic Blues, in your face, groundbreaking musicianship, ‘Machine Gun’, ‘Power of Soul’. No wonder Miles Davis was into jamming with him.

John Frusciante – Shadows Collide with People

I never get tired of this record. I must have listened to it a thousand times. I’ve listened to it on 3 continents. This is my desert island record.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75

I know, I know, 2 live albums in my top 5 but the show with a solo performance of ‘Thunder Road’ which is EPIC. I couldn’t pick a single Bruce studio album, partly because I love them all, but partly because I feel like when you can hear the band let loose, then you can
really get what the whole thing is about. This is guys with their asses on the line stepping up. This was the beginning.

The Evolution of Liberate

One of the first songs that defined Recovery Child’s sound was “Liberate From What You Know”. By our standards today it might not be a masterpiece, but when we were starting out the song gave us a glimpse at the band that we wanted to be. We wouldn’t be the band that we are today without having written it. So we dug up some old versions of the song that will help you hear the evolution of what became Recovery Child’s sound.

Liberate From What You Know – Songwriting Demo

This is the first recorded version of the song. It’s mainly on acoustic, from a time when Recovery Child wasn’t even really a band. It’s extremely raw, perhaps even embarrassing, but it shows the song idea as it was originally.

Liberate From What You Know – Full Demo

There was about 6 months where Greg and I (Ryan), were playing together without a solid rhythm section. We had tried out different combinations of people but it never quite felt right. One issue was that everyone who we approached about playing with us wanted to hear what we were doing. There were no recordings that showed what we wanted our music to sound like so we hit the studio and recorded this first demo. We got our friend Sekou Lumumba (now of Bedouin Soundclash), to play drums for us and our good friend Dave Palmer sat in on bass. Coincidentally, Dave would later join Recovery Child for awhile, helping us out until we found Ben. So this demo represented the first time Recovery Child had a sound, even if it wasn’t Recovery Child yet!

Liberate From What You Know – Final Album Version

The demos that we did with Sekou and Dave helped us find Gord and Logan. Though we found our sound with the demo, it wasn’t until this album version that everything came together. For the first time, we sounded like a band.

In case you haven’t heard…