Raleigh had a rough start to their current road trip when the Calgary band’s van was broken into in Toronto and they lost everything but their instruments and some merchandise.
With all their luggage, tour diaries spanning years of gigging and memories, CDs and two Mac laptops gone, they rebounded, retooled and recommitted to the cross-Canada tour.
Raleigh is Clea Anaïs— vocals, cello, keys; Brock Geiger—vocals, guitar and bass and Matt Doherty on drums.
Their sound might be dubbed intellectual musicians’ pop. There’s musicality and a pop beat mingled with an occasional mysterious soundscape.
As they explain in their promo material, beautiful and enlightening music can come out of the least expected places. Frozen under a layer of snow and ice for eight months of the year, Calgary is more likely to spawn relentless, hard-nosed punk rock.
Not so with Anaïs and Geiger, who first discovered each other at the Devonian Gardens after Anaïs heard Geiger singing across a goldfish pond.
It was this kind of serendipitous meeting which eventually gave birth to Raleigh, a natural band if ever there was one.
Rounded out by Doherty on drums, the trio is touring their debut self-released album, New Times In Black And White, released on May 24.
They call the album a lush, tasteful listen that draws on the finer elements of earthy folk, chamber pop and delicate melodies.
All three band members have spent time playing in illustrious company, including Woodpigeon, The Dojo Workhorse and The Dudes.
Raleigh performs at The Streaming Café in Kelowna on Saturday, June 18.