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There’s hopeful turmoil on Peter Graham’s new single “Fireworks and Liquor”

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Peter Graham, a singer-songwriter from Millbrook, ON, is pleased to announce the release of “Fireworks and Liquor,” the first single off of his upcoming full-length album Despite Where We’ve Been, which will be out on Nov. 23.

Accompanied by a music video featuring a nostalgic and sunny drive through the city of Toronto, “Fireworks and Liquor” is an earnest look at his move to the big city. In hopeful turmoil, Peter repeats “If I don’t bend, if I don’t break, there could be purpose,” offering a glimpse in the window of a struggle to fit in. With Graham’s heartening and rich vocals, accompanied by warm pedal steel guitar and harmonies, the song is the kind of bittersweet soundtrack you want on your road trip playlist. Unsurprisingly, “Fireworks and Liquor” was inspired by just that, Graham explained:

“This song came about after a road trip out east with my good friend, Joel. When you cross the Ontario border into Quebec, there’s a store that advertises in the shingles of their roof that they sell “fireworks and liquor.” That stuck out to me, and I used that idea in the opening line, and after that, it quickly shifted into a story about struggling to fit into a new city.”

Along with the rest of his soon-to-be-released album, “Fireworks and Liquor” was recorded in a less conventional way.

Traditionally, I don’t like the recording process,” Peter said. “I find it very stressful, the finality of it all… To take the pressure off and enjoy the process, our traditional four-piece band got together in the unfinished basement of my parents’ home in Millbrook. My parents were kind enough to stay with my brother and left us the house. We managed to set up and track the beds of all 10 songs, and I think I can safely speak for everyone that we had a great time doing it.”

“Fireworks and Liquor” features notable contributions by Tim O’Reilly (producer, bass, vocals), Claire Coupland (vocals), Dave Gibson (drums), Nathan Gray (pedal steel), Anthony Carone (Keys) and Graeme McGillivray (electric guitar).

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