Scenic Route to Alaska Asks “How It Feels” Before The Release of Their New Album

 Indie-pop group Scenic Route to Alaska just released their new single, “How It Feels”, just ahead of their Tough Luck album release in March and their cross-Canadian, American and European tours this year.

In the first few seconds of the song, the guitar and bass intertwine with each other, creating a captivating groove and nice foundation for the lyrics next to come. I am a sucker for good lyrics, and my favorite lyric lands right before the chorus: “cards get dealt out, and I’m all in.” For Scenic Route to Alaska, the song’s message to the universe echoes the difficulty of finding love while touring. I love that their lyrics mention love in terms of the cards we are dealt at the hands of fate and how we choose to go all in anyway, no matter the hand we get. The lyrics also mention a constant search for something, which I can guarantee we have all looked for at least once in our lives, becoming more frustrated when we turn up nothing. Still, we search for meaning, for significance… and Scenic Route to Alaska gets that.

Musically, my favorite moment is the chorus at the end of the song, where all the extra instruments melt away, leaving us just with the electric guitar and vocal before adding in the drums, basses and backing vocals. The chorus of the song really gives it that anthem feel, especially with the addition of the backing vocals affirming the words of the song. It sounds as if all of us are being given the chance to sing along, together, and identify with their love struggle too.

How It Feels has all its boxes checked: a catchy tune you have to sing along to, clever lyrics, a nice groove and a resonating message. As if all that was not enough already, it even has an entertaining wrestling-themed music video that’s well worth the watch.

Give How It Feels a listen on Spotify or Youtube today! I guarantee it’ll get stuck in your head for days and you’ll be singing it in the shower tomorrow morning.




Scenic Route to AlaskaTough Luck Tour 2018

Jan 27        Prince George, BC – Cold Snap Festival

Mar 08        Jasper, AB – Jasper Legion   

Mar 09        Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s  

Mar 10        Golden, BC – Kicking Horse

Mar 13        Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre

Mar 14-17    Austin, TX – SXSW

Mar 20        Victoria, BC – Copper Owl  

Mar 21        Nanaimo, BC – Queens Hotel  

Mar 23        Rossland, BC – Flying Steamshovel

Mar 24        Panorama, BC – Panorama Mountain Resort

Mar 30        Los Angeles, CA –  Hotel Cafe

Apr 03        Portland, OR – White Eagle   

Apr 04        Seattle, WA – Central Saloon

Apr 06        Calgary, AB – The Den

Apr 07        Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room

Apr 12        Red Deer, AB – Bo’s

Apr 18        Montreal, QC – Quai des Brumes

Apr 19        Ottawa, ON – House of Targ

Apr 20        Orillia, ON – Roots North Festival

Apr 21        Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall

Apr 22        St. Catherines, ON – Warehouse

Apr 25        Chicago, IL – The Elbo Room

Apr 28        New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall

May 2-5    Halifax, NS – ECMA

May 10        NL – Breda – Mezz

May 11        NL – Hardewijk – Catharinakapel

May 12        GER – Mainz – Schon Schön

May 13        GER – Haldern    – Haldern Pop Bar

May 16        GER – Berlin – Musik und Frieden

May 18        GER – Köln – Blue Shell

May 22        GER – Hannover – Ruby Tuesday @ Cafe Glocksee

May 25        GER – Stuttgart – Keller Klub  

May 27        CH – Aarau – Tuchlaube

Jul 08        Monmatre, SK – All Folk’ed Up Music Festival

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