Hillsburn at The Dream Cafe

Event Dates:
  • Thu February 7, 2019 6:00 PM
  • Event Cost: 22 - 32

Doors: 6:00pm, Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: Premium $32, Wings $22

Hillsburn is a five-piece indie rock band from Nova Scotia.

Hillsburn is a deeply collaborative affair. All of the band members contribute something unique here. Multi-instrumentalist Jackson Fairfax-Perry plays bass, keys, and saxophone. Siblings Rosanna and Clayton Burrill complete the three-part vocal battery, and Rosanna puts her classical training to use throughout, layering violins on many of the tracks. Newest member Clare Macdonald brings understated power to the proceedings. Her drumming is complex at times, direct at others, but never demands undue attention.

It is plain that, although Aarntzen sparks the process,
Hillsburn doubled down on their independent ethos for their second record, The Wilder Beyond. The Wilder Beyond departs sharply from the folk-rooted sound of Hillsburn’s award-winning In The Battle Years debut. The group’s soaring three-part harmonies are intact here, but densely-layered arrangements and more electronic instruments signal a move in the direction of indie rock.