To borrow from Pride and Prejudice for a moment, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a musical fortune must be in want of a bandmate—and in this case, a wife. The Young Novelists are rural raconteurs, sparking nascent nostalgia from small stories. In their younger and more vulnerable years Graydon James and Laura Spink met doing community theatre at Waterloo University. Eventually they married, and Graydon’s solo project grew to include Spink’s soft harmony. Their collaboration and relationship grew and Spink took the road less travelled, ending her career as a scientist to join the band full time. James took his own name off the project and they became The Young Novelists, vocal duties split between James’ conversational tenor and Spink’s hazy and harmonic work. For the Novelists, life appears too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong. The Toronto duo traffic in good will and warm feelings. Even stories of conflict are filtered through their own self-effacing love for each other and the people who move in and out of their lives.
Their most recent release City & Country explores small lives in often neglected Ontario communities, the same towns that James and Spink themselves grew up in. The Young Novelists explore stories of friends and strangers and find the common theme, memories that warm you up from the inside even as they tear you apart.
Biography by Liam Prost