The Caretakers emerged from one of the original hubs of Canadian music—Hamilton, Ontario in 2007—although the trio could just as easily have stepped off the stage of Café Wha? in Greenwich Village circa 1964. With folk music at their roots and the cultural grit of a working-class-city upbringing, Jeffrey C. Martin, Lena Montecalvo and Norm Van Bergen fuse rich Peter, Paul and Mary-style harmonies with REM-inspired melodies and swampy ‘70s southern rock grooves.
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The band describes their first full-length offering, Unfinished Thoughts as “a snapshot of the world we live in today.” Lyrically, the album is a cutting statement on contemporary western society—war, politics, animal cruelty, propaganda and urban chaos. But it also evokes thoughts on God, spirituality, love and family. Martin’s lyrics are thought provoking, Montecalvo’s vocals are powerful, and Van Bergen’s 12-string acoustic guitar provides an anchor for the trio’s lush harmonies.
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"Making obvious comparisons to the likes of Peter, Paul and Mary would be a little misleading, as the music of the Caretakers is a little more complex. Their name says it all – they write about issues that matter and they sing because their hearts are on their sleeves. As the Caretakers get on their proverbial soapbox, there’s that definite ‘60s folk influences that permeates some of the protest feel to the songs on Unfinished Thoughts but you could mix in some ‘70s southern rock or even early ‘80s new–wave/neo–psychedelic into the mix."
Ric Taylor, VIEW Magazine
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“The Caretakers debut album captures the spirit of easy going indie folk-rock with a poignant message. Unfinished Thoughts is fresh, offers up some diverse songwriting, and has groove and intrigue. The Caretakers album release party was one of the year’s best."
Michael Keire, Co-producer, Vibewrangler Studio
released July 1, 2010
All songs © 2010 Jeffrey C. Martin (SOCAN) except Daddy Laughed © 2010 Jeffrey C. Martin and Lena Montecalvo
Produced by Glen Marshall and Michael Keire
Engineering by Jon Daly
Recorded at Vibewrangler Studio and Catharine North, Hamilton, Canada
Mixed by Glen Marshall and Michael Keire at Vibewrangler Studio
Mastered by Tim Branson at Joao Carvalho Mastering, Toronto, Canada
Concept by Jeffrey C. Martin
Album design by Kara Smith
CD Jacket Photography: Bob Hatcher
Photography Bob Hatcher, Kara Smith, Al Cannon
Vocals | Jeffrey C. Martin, Lena Montecalvo, Norm Van Bergen
12-string guitar | Norm Van Bergen
Acoustic guitars | Jeffrey C. Martin, Jesse Lewis, Nick Cino
Lead guitars | Ed Mitchell, Mike Ventimiglia
Slide guitar | Barry Mac
Bass | Carl Jennings, Dave Marini, Jesse Lewis
Drums | Tim Jennings, Dan Stadjuhar
Mandolin | Mike Trebilcock, Mike McCurlie
Percussion | Lena Montecalvo, Tim Jennings
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