Will Bowes: "Mad at the World" (Indie): Torontonian Will Bowes splits his time between film and music. He has had the biggest impact to date in the former realm, via starring roles in feature films Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and House at the End of the Street, and TV credits including Alias Grace, Degrassi, Rookie Blue, and Murdoch Mysteries. He can next be seen in the feature film Clara, which just had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
On the musical side, Bowes fronts Gold Complex, a seven-piece funk and soul band, but he shows off a different musical persona on this new solo cut. It is a poignant piano ballad inspired by Bowes' reaction to a recent mass shooting in his city.
In a press release, he explains that "the song was penned just after the attacks in Toronto to address all the negativity we have been recently subjected to. The song delivers a message of hope and unity: ‘Sometimes looking beyond fear and staying positive can feel impossible, especially in times of adversity. But it’s important to forge on and not admit defeat, which is why I wanted to make sure the song also reflected that sense of optimism."
This is not the first time tragedy has fuelled Bowes' muse. At age 11, he wrote and recorded released his first single, "September Cry " which he penned in response to the 9/11 tragedies and received a national radio campaign with interviews on CBC Radio One.
This new track showcases a voice that is emotionally convincing, and he digs deep with lines like "I scale up these walls just to fall, I won't wrestle my faith that love finds a way to us all."
An artist to watch, on film and record.
Publicity: Charlotte Gomes, Project Light Agency