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Home is a concept album. The entirety of the storyline takes place over a two week period during a summer in Cape Breton. The 9 songs, told from 3 different perspectives, tell the chronological tale of coming home, youth, summer love, and ultimately lost love. A father — longing for what he left behind — returns to his hometown after moving to San Francisco for work. A young “local” boy falls for his daughter, a short romance ensues, and the romance dies upon her inevitable return home.

The album captures the energy and spirit of a youthful summer and coming of age. It’s a soundtrack for the summer, relatable and, most importantly during the current locked down world we live in: FUN. It’s a time before internet and social media, when you talked face to face or on a landline you prayed wasn’t answered by cross-examining parents.

ALBUM CREDITS Mike Ryan - Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Piano Bruce Gillis - Drums, Percussion

Additional Musicians

Albert Lionais - Trumpet on Queen and White Knuckled Tori Cameron - Bass on The Jam Aaron Green - Guitar on The Jam

Produced by Mike Ryan. Recorded at Lakewind Sound Studios (Mike Shepherd), Hot Jupiter Sounds (Mike Ryan) and Codapop Studios (Jason Jenkyns) Mixed by Mike Ryan at Hot Jupiter Sounds. Queen mixed by Nico Essig in Los Angeles.

Cover photo provided by Janice Ferguson Layout by Julia Ryan

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Bio

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Whether a sweaty rock show or an intimate acoustic environment, The Town Heroes want you to be entertained.

Born and raised in small town Nova Scotia, Mike Ryan and Bruce Gillis have played together for the past 10 years — touring the world, releasing 5 critically acclaimed albums and winning an array of industry awards. Anthemic choruses, danceable arrangements, and tender falsettos highlight their catchy yet thoughtful songs. At heart, a perfect soundtrack for contemplating life with a bounce in your step.


Musically, the band blends their 90’s alt-rock influences with singer-songwriter stylings in the vein of Neil Young or Ryan Adams. On stage they move like intense caricatures – soaked in sweat, pushing every chord, note and beat to the limit. A structured wall of sound emerges; familiar yet distinctive. Camaraderie shows in their musicianship, their song-writing highlights what they are: friends playing music for the love of it, in it for the long haul.

The band will release their sixth full length album Home during the summer of 2021.

Home is a concept album. The entirety of the storyline takes place over a two week period during a summer in Cape Breton. The 9 songs, told from 3 different perspectives, tell the chronological tale of coming home, youth, summer love, and ultimately lost love. A father — longing for what he left behind — returns to his hometown after moving to San Francisco for work. A young “local” boy falls for his daughter, a short romance ensues, and the romance dies upon her inevitable return home. The album captures the energy and spirit of a youthful summer and coming of age. It’s a soundtrack for the summer, relatable and, most importantly during the current locked down world we live in: FUN.

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The songs are filled with beautiful guitars, great ringing notes over big pulsing washes or strong chords. It's a post-New Wave sound, energetic, melodic and very urgent, each song filled with drama and the feeling there's something important being passed on. Topping all this is the passionate voice of Ryan, often at the top end of his register. He ups the ante on songs such as Only One, as he grows more intense as the song progresses, matched by the sharp guitar lines and Gillis' increased punch. It's crazy-danceable, hypnotic and haunting all at the same time, even euphoric in places.”

— Bob Mersereau, The Top 100 Canadian Singles