Philly and NYC based indie rock and folk trio TEOA present their soul-baring offering to a departed friend today with their new single “Canyon.” Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, TEOA stands for The End of America. The band forms their sound from a blend of three-part harmony with rock and Americana. Preparing for an upcoming year of touring, TEOA soon will grace their audiences with their powerful mix of voices and strong stage presence. If you’re interested in seeing them in action, the band has a live show on Facebook every Thursday at 8:30pm EST. In the meantime, the guys will be releasing a single every month, so be sure to keep an eye out!
Band member Brendon Thomas wrote “Canyon” for his friend and partner Amy Regan, who passed away in 2016. Thomas describes Amy as “a beautiful person with a stunning voice and wrote the songs to match it. Music was in the fiber of her being.” The pair dreamed of playing a concert at Red Rocks, an Amphitheatre near Denver. As Thomas continues to strive for this goal with TEOA, he hopes that “Canyon” can act as an invitation to her spirit to follow him so that she too can achieve her dream and “howl at the moon” with them.
The lyrics are filled with touching personal connections to Amy. Embraced by soaring harmonies, Thomas says “If you’re here, sing now.” He references one of Amy’s songs “Some Kind of Blues” in the outro as an homage to her music and all that it taught him. Born from freestyling in his car, Thomas’ lyrics are conversational, a heartfelt call to his friend. They are the focal point of the song. The music simply lifts them up so that they might be heard. The entire arrangement was built around the wistful opening guitar riff, which Thomas wanted to save for the right song. It plays its role well, for it engages the listener, but also establishes a doleful mood. When Thomas brought the song to his bandmates James Downes and Trevor Leonard, he imagined “harmonies in the chorus that could paint the sky.” Indeed, the background voices coming together sound majestic, even otherworldly.
“Canyon” is infused with a muted sadness, but the harmonies and steady tempo also make it feel wonderfully uplifting. It’s heartbreaking, resounding, and absolutely beautiful.