Yesterday’s Ring is a country-folk band from Montreal founded in 2000 in Memphis, Tennessee, by singer Hugo Mudie, guitarist Fred Jacques and guitarist Louis Valiquette. Yesterday’s Ring was born from road adventures while the musicians were on tour in the United States with their punk band, The Sainte Catherines. Influenced by their first experiences in the south of the US and by country music playing on radio, the carefree musicians in their twenties started writing songs that would become, over the years, the soundtrack of the crazy and hectic life of a punk on tour in the pre-internet era.
From 2000 to 2009, Yesterday’s Ring released 4 albums and 2 EPs. The band split in 2010 and it is during the 2020 pandemic that Fred and Hugo met again to record a cover of a Steve Earle song as a gift for the 40th birthday of their friend and ex-bassist Balloo. They enjoyed getting back in this musical universe so much that they decided to get back together and to start writing again. Louis Valiquette soon joined them and they recorded a new album with long-time producer and collaborator Ryan Battistuzzi.
Now older and wiser, their state of mind has changed but they keep within them the memories of the good and bad times of their past night lives. Goodbye Nightlife is a wonderful country album made from the heart by experienced musicians featuring the great talents of Frankie Stubbs (Leatherface) and Felicity Hamer (United Steel Workers of MTL), among other special guests, to create a nostalgic opus, but one that will leave its mark for years to come.