San Diegans have enjoyed Erik Canzona‘s gravelly vocals for years, thanks to his role as frontman for The Heavy Guilt. But now, they can enjoy them on the singer’s new solo album.
Canzona is set to release his 13-song debut, The Narrows, on July 29. The album was recorded at his home studio with co-writer and fellow Heavy Guilt member Al Howard. Engineer/producer Jordan Andreen mixed and mastered the record.
Whereas The Heavy Guilt’s music is filtered through all five members’ sensibilities, The Narrows afforded Canzona the opportunity to create something uniquely personal. He painstakingly recorded most of the instruments himself at home, utilizing a single microphone. Howard and The Styletones’ Jake Najor both added percussion to the album.
Canzona will celebrate The Narrows with an all-ages release party at the Victory Theater (located at 25th and Imperial Avenue) on Saturday, August 2. Matthew Molarius (of Transfer) and The Brothers Grim (featuring Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman of The Silent Comedy) will play sets as well. The feast for the ears will be accompanied by one for the eyes, courtesy of local artists Natassia Noccolau and Ryan Tannascoli. And lest the word “all-ages” send your liver cowering under the bed, fear not: there will be alcohol.
August is still a ways away though, so here’s a taste of the album now. Check out the acoustic album-opener “Anchor Me” — a moody stomper with a badass, tremolo-picked solo that sounds like Dick Dale having a seizure — above.