Elliott BROOD – Days Into Years [Album Review]

by Woody on September 27, 2011

Long time HearYa favorites, Elliott BROOD are back with their 3rd effort entitled Days Into Years. And true to their rootsy form, the Toronto based trio does not disappoint. After a 5-day journey through the seasides towns, battlefields and cemeteries of the French and Belgian coasts, BROOD saw Canadian names etched in stone at a World War 1 cemetery and started writing a record. Inspired by ghosts and monuments, Days Into Years is a lasting piece of work in its own right.

In taking on such solemn subject matter, the boys seem to dial back their typical frenetic energy.  The album may feel more accessible than past BROOD works, but it also strikes me as more thoughtful than its predecessors. They band crafts songs like “Hold You” that roll by much like the band’s inspired drive down the countrysides, treading lightly and graciously on haunted grounds where spirits lie.

A while back, we featured the lead single, Northern Air and I couldn’t stop playing it for a week straight. It’s a wonderfully crafted song that doesn’t try hard; Neil Young would be proud to call it his. Getting an advanced copy of the full album a couple months later was like manna from heaven. The lead track “Lindsay” sounds like a letter written to someone on the horrors of war. The acoustic version (in video below) from the HeroHill sessions is phenomenal.

I never thought these guys would write a better song than “Write It Down For You” off of ’08’s Mountain Meadows. Um, yeah, I was wrong about that. Elliott BROOD show real growth on Days Into Years and I for one couldn’t be any happier for them. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them at HearYa World HQ when we did recorded our session and I enjoyed our time together. They were especially nice to my son, Hank, and I am really hoping that more people in the States take notice of this phenomenal band.

Elliott BROOD – Northern Air

Elliott BROOD – Lindsay (From the HeroHill/Paper Bag Records Session)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Gachevsky September 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I’m liking this Northern Air song. I’m going to have to check out more of the BROOD.

The G-Man October 6, 2011 at 10:48 am


Great blog! We seem to have a similar enough music taste. I was fortunate enough to get an interview with these guys last year.


greg May 17, 2012 at 12:53 am

Just got this and love it. Thank God for the internet.

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