Skye Wallace to perform at the Broom Factory

Rock artist set to tour her new album

Wallace gives rock and roll a personal touch on Terribly Good.
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With a new album on the horizon, Toronto-based artist Skye Wallace is set to perform in Kingston at the Broom Factory, a new, up-and-coming live music venue.
 
Wallace, with her predominantly rock and roll sound, cited Randy Travis as a massive inspiration for her initial venturesinto the music scene.“My grandpa loved Randy Travis,” Wallace said in an interview with The Journal.
 
“I learned all the words even though I didn’t know what they meant, so from there, I’ve just always had music around me.”
 
Ahead of the release of her new album Terribly Good, Wallace discussed influences and experimentations she’s tried out with her sound on this LP. 
 
Wallace, who started out as a folk artist, has moved into rock backed by a full five-piece band. She’s tried out distortion on her guitar and more personal lyricism in what can be described as upbeat yet dynamic sound. 
 
In her songwriting, Wallace has always written from a narrator’s voice, one that’s more impersonal. In this new album, however, she’s written from her own perspective, imbuing the songs with an autobiographical narrative. It’s something that put Wallace out of her comfort zone.
 
“It was really a process of going inward for myself,” she said. “There’s a really cool way that rock and roll operates, and I think it’s cool to infuse it with those human subjects.”
 
The album’s title, too, is a callout to its personal meaning: Terribly Good is meant to encapsulate both the good and the bad life has to offer.
 
“It’s about [how] life can be so messy, so imperfect, and all the other little imperfections, but there’s a joy in there that’s important to remember once in a while,” Wallace said.
 
The album is also first for Wallace to have the support of a record label behind her. Although she’s grateful to have had the experience of putting together albums and shows by herself, Wallace is excited to have the additional help of a label.
 
“I’m excited to get the music out to new ears with a lot of help behind it,” Wallace said.
 
“To be going on this big tour, where it’s my first official headliner tour in Canada […] it’s pretty exciting to think about how many new folks I can bring this new music to.”
 
Wallace’s tour will stop in Kingston on Nov. 18 at the Broom Factory. The last time Wallace played in Kingston was in 2019 when she was an opener. Now she’s extremely excited to return as a headliner.
 
“[Kingston] has always been a spot that I’ve loved coming to,” Wallace said. 
 
“People are always raring to go and connect with the music. It’s always a good show in Kingston, and it’s never a thought not to come.”
 
At her live shows, Wallace wants to create an atmosphere where her audience feels they’re safe and can let loose. She’s also looking to make it an emotional space; somewhere people can have fun and connect with her music.
 
“I have crowd surfing a lot at my shows a lot, and I love that, and there are moments where you can cry and hug your best friend,” Wallace said. 
 
“I think there’s a wealth of different emotions that you can access with music and with art, and that’s the space I want to create. It’s exciting, it’s engaging, but it’s also therapeutic, by just moving through those pieces of yourself and your emotions."
 
Wallace’s new album releases today and can be downloaded on all major music streaming platforms by visiting her website. Tickets for her show in Kingston on Nov. 18 can be found on the Broom Factory website.
 

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