The Starlight Pines is a dark folk rock band driven by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Jordan Mitchell. Mitchell brings the feelings of angst and detachment of his past into his music. He started playing the guitar at the age of 15, and has honed his skills since then by playing in a handful of bands (Ruby’s Collection, Noise Ranger and Slough). It was shortly after Mitchell began working on a solo project (Red Fir) that his partner, Gerilee McBride, learned how to play the drums and The Starlight Pines was born. The duo debuted their version of jangly, indie folk rock in 2016 with their album, “Old Yale Road”—an ode to Mitchell’s bucolic early childhood in Hope, British Columbia. Mitchell and McBride continued to play locally and rounded off the summer with a small tour (BC & Saskatchewan) in support of the album.
Their much anticipated 2018 sophomore album, “City Lights”, features additional band members Gavin Smith on bass and keyboardist Jenna Dunsby. Jesse Gander (engineer on the album) also plays synthesizer and keys on several tracks. “City Lights” is a moody and driving album that is a reflection of that liminal space that exists between the teenage and young adult years—that space of feelings that is evoked by leaving a small town and moving to the big city.
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