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Friday, June 20, 2014   by: Donna Hopper

On Friday, June 5 at Loplops, a band that not many Saultites realize is local celebrated the release of its sophomore album, I May Never Find Home.

The talented trio of Vince Aquilina, Andrew Sowka and Chris Cucullo make up Faraway Neighbours, a band that CBC Bandwidth host Amanda Putz describes as "musically next door to the Great Lake Swimmers - they’re one of Ontario’s best kept secrets.”

At the tender age of 18, the boys packed up and left Sault Ste. Marie for scholarly pursuits in North Bay, Ontario.

Six years later, they're still based in North Bay and now have two full length releases under their belts.

Faraway neighbours debut release Carry On, Man captured the 2012 Northern Ontario Music and Film Award for Engineer of the Year, and three selections from the album were included in the Toronto film production In Return.

"[Recording the first album] was an arduous process. We were working opposite shifts and communicating via log books. We were just wearing too many hats," Aquillina told "We brought in a producer in for this one and got into a better studio. We were able to focus on making an album instead of all the other stuff that goes with it."

"Our producer, Ben Legget, he's a good friend of ours. We know him well and we trust him. He was able to coax solid performances out of all of us and really help shape the album in a direction we ended up being proud of."

Friends and fans can purchase I May Never Find Home on Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby.

On Wednesday, July 12, Ears and Eyes will host Faraway Neighbours at Cafe Natura (75 Elgin Street) with special guest Lyndon's Frozen Lake.

Tickets for this all-ages show, currently available at Cafe Natura, are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Show time is 8 p.m.

For more information about Faraway neighbours, please click here

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