Breeding Ground

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In the mid-'80s, there was almost certainly a "Queen Street sound" coming out of Toronto, with a prominent keyboard sheen draped over crisp, angular, and occasionally wobbly guitars heavily influenced by bands like U2 and Echo & the Bunnymen. If Chalk Circle became the most popular of these bands, it certainly wasn't the only one -- Breeding Ground had been around the scene for a few years, eventually releasing this EP the same year as Chalk Circle's debut. While both of these albums shared a similar sensibility -- no surprise considering that Christopher Wardman produced and played on both albums -- people didn't really take to the Breeding Ground album all that much despite more assured playing. The only exception was the single "Happy Now I Know," which made a small splash on indie radio and video shows, which was doubly weird considering the country tinge to the music and the overt Christian sentiment of the song (certainly never a big selling point in the indie underground). Shortly after the release of this EP, the band went into hiatus and was never able to capture as much of a share of the scene as it almost certainly deserved.

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