Crown Lands - Spit It Out (UMC): Look for 2020 to be a breakout year for this hard-hitting rock duo from Oshawa, ON. Comprising Cody Bowles (vocals and drums) and Kevin Comeau (guitar, bass and keys), Crown Lands have teamed up with Universal Music Canada for the release of their debut album this spring. The group has released two EPs, Mantra (2016) and Rise Over Run (2017).
Sure to help bring the upcoming record attention is the production credit of Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Rival Sons), one of the hottest producers around.
In a label press release, Bowles describes this advance single as a song that "deals with the frustrations of dealing with a partner who will not speak up when they have something to say. It addresses the anxiety of not being able to openly communicate. It is about carrying something within that you don’t have the strength or courage to say to someone, and instead of saying what’s on your mind you distance yourself from the situation.”
There's definitely a retro feel to the Crown Lands sound. Bowles' vocals have a Geddy Lee tinge (the pair grew up worshipping Rush), while the dirty bluesy riffs suggest Led Zeppelin. This is far more appealing than Greta Van Fleet's overhyped style though. The group's high-energy performance style is well captured by the video, directed by Travis Shinn (Tool, Muse, Morrissey), and premiered with UK rock magazine Kerrang! last week. Look for the Brits to lap this up.
The band has announced a support slot for Larkin Poe on their EU/UK tour, running May 1 to June 2, followed by a headlining show at the Mod Club in Toronto on June 8. Dates here