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Media Release: Common Deer provide soundtrack to global resistance movement with WAIT!

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Some artists want to shine a light in the darkness and Common Deer come bearing an arsenal of floodlights. The band's stirring new single "WAIT!", which premiered on Atwood Magazine, is proof that the powerful Toronto quintet stand apart as a vessel of uplift, a call for camaraderie, and an act of resistance against jaded nihilism.

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Toronto's Orchestral Indie Poppers Common Deer provide soundtrack to global resistance movement with new single WAIT! Media Release (07/21/2017) Toronto, ON - The song is the first off their second EP "II" which lands on September 8, 2017. After recent summer tour stops in NYC for Canada Day, Milwaukee Summerfest for the Fourth of July, Festival D'été in Quebec City, Hillside Festival in Guelph, upcoming shows include a stop at the picturesque Jackson-Triggs Winery this August. Release shows have been announced for this fall at Pop Montreal at the PHI Centre as well as tour stops at City Folk in Ottawa. Complete tour dates and ticket info are listed below.

With two sets of siblings, several multi-instrumentalists, and a determination to push the boundaries of classical music, Common Deer offer a glimpse of hope in a world overwhelmed by complex issues and insecurities. Vocalist Graham McLaughlin describes "WAIT!" as "an awakening to a social climate we didn't anticipate, a recognition that strength is in numbers and ideas only if they are inspired and connected." He adds that "the song urges people to confront ignorance. We really feel like there's no time to waste."

The lyrics of vocalists Graham McLaughlin and Sheila Hart-Owens reflect the zeitgeist: the anxiety of the modern age is met with a crying out for a sense of connection. "Trying to create light in the darkness; it's a mentality we share," says Graham. Nevertheless, Common Deer are not blind optimists peddling escapism; their live shows are joyous, celebratory affairs, rich with rousing, orchestral pop sound built for festival stages. The line-up is rounded out by Adam Hart-Owens (cello, guitar, synth), Liam Farrell (percussion, synth, samples) and Connor Farrell (bass).

Featuring synths, drum machines, and modern riffs, Common Deer took nearly three years to prepare their 2017 debut EP, I, produced by Laurence Currie (Hey Rosetta!, Wintersleep). The band's follow-up EP, II, came together much more quickly. Recorded with lauded Producer Gus Van Go (Arkells, Whitehorse), II balances the energy of Common Deer's infectious live shows with electronic percussion, layered strings, and an increased synth presence.

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AUGUST 12 - NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE - Jackson-Triggs Winery - Opening for Rheostatics
SEPTEMBER 15 - MONTREAL - POP Montreal @PHI CENTRE **release show**

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