Niagara Falls-based musician Nathan Warriner has been active in the Canadian music scene for over two decades. He’s just released a new album, The Day The Circus Left Town, featuring a collection of heartfelt songs written in the last few years. We had a chat with Nathan to discuss the new album, what made him want to be a musician, and his deserted island album picks.

From The Strait: Tell us a bit about your new album, The Day The Circus Left Town – it’s been four years since your last album, what made now the right time for another?

Nathan Warriner: I recorded most of this album in 2014 at Audiomatt studios with engineer Matt Keighan.  After the album was recorded I lost a little bit of the inspiration I had going into the project and it never got mixed or mastered and I decided to hold off on any kind of release. I wasn’t actually sure if it would ever get finished.   After several years passed I finally got back to the studio to listen to it with some fresh ears and discovered that I really liked what was going on with this material.  It was then that I knew it was time to get it out there. 

When Covid 19 hit the world and put us all in lock down I figured it was the best time to put some musical friends to work and get mixing. The mixing was shared by both Matt Keighan and Paul Gigliotti of Ignition Audio.  I think with all that’s going on this is a perfect time to put an album out as people have time on their hands and can perhaps take the time to listen to albums in their entirety – they way they are meant to be listened to.

FTS: You’ve been a musician for a long time. Do you remember what it was that made you want to make music? Was it a song, an artist, or a particular moment?

NW: Yes I’ve been playing music for well over 20 years now.  I’ve always been a huge music fan and even as a kid I used to play drums. My father played guitar, so there was always an instrument kicking around.  He was probably the reason I started playing.  When I was 15 I put down the skateboard and picked up guitar.  The 1st song I ever learned was Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure.

FTS: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 4 albums would you hope you had with you?

NW: hmm that’s a tough one… I guess at the moment I’d say, in no particular order: Lana Del Rey – Paradise… I just love the mood of this one, The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies, Neil Young – After The Goldrush

FTS: What’s your favourite song off of your new album, and why?

NW: Hmm Another tough one but I’m gonna go with Boardwalk.  I just like the honest desperate vibe I feel it managed to catch.  I actually wrote that one in the fall of 2014.  It was taken from a batch of songs that I wrote one weekend when I locked myself in a hotel room with a guitar and my recording device in Orillia ON.   I think I was really trying to channel the spirit of Gordon Lightfoot with those sessions.  It’s a cool little town.

Check out Nathan Warriner’s new album, The Day The Circus Left Town! Here’s a preview, with “Born A Bear”.


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