Release date: April 21, 2015
Label: Nettwerk Records
Produced by: Tony Dekker, Justin Shane Nace, Great Lake Swimmers
A Forest Of Arms is the sixth studio album by Canadian folk rock band Great Lake Swimmers, released on April 21, 2015 through Nettwerk Records. The album was produced by Tony Dekker, Justin Shane Nace and Great Lake Swimmers. Rather than recording in a dedicated session, the band made the album over a number of sessions in a variety of locations. Tony's vocals and acoustic guitars were captured in the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario; Chalet Studio; Revolution Recording; The House Of Miracles and Lincoln County Social Club. This is a change from the band's last album, 2012's New Wild Everywhere, which was the first time they had recorded in a proper studio.
Tony Dekker cited his experiences with the World Wildlife Fund, through which he witnessed the impact of the BP oil spill, as well as the Northern Gateway Pipeline controversy, as sources of inspiration for the songs on the album. "I've been incubating these songs and we'll see how it goes. I am trying to work with a kind of concept or through line that incorporates my recent experiences," Dekker said at the time. "I had a chance to visit this place [BC's Great Bear region] and actually sailed from Kitimat down through these passageways seeing incredible wildlife — species that are indigenous to that area. If one tanker spilled, say the size of the Exxon Valdez, the entire area would be obliterated and so would a culture that has existed since the beginning of time."