This is the first major label release for Oshawa, Ontario locals Cody Bowles (vocals and drums) and Kevin Comeau (guitar, bass and keys) who have teamed up with Universal Music Canada for the release of their debut album this spring.
Of the track, Bowles explains, “‘Spit it Out’ 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.”
Produced by the legendary Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Rival Sons), ‘Spit it Out’ marks Crown Lands’ arrival as a major new force with intense guitar riffs, pummeling drums and howling vocals. “Working with Dave Cobb was great!” comments Bomeau. “He prioritized capturing the spontaneity in our performances, and we feel that it is an accurate representation of who we are as artists.” That artistry is further illustrated with the accompanying release of the video which was directed by Travis Shinn (Tool, Muse, Morrissey) and showcases the band’s larger than life performances.
After meeting six years ago and bonding over their shared obsession with Rush, Bowles and Comeau became instant best friends and started jamming together in a local barn, switching up instruments, but never straying from a two-piece set-up. Crown Lands have released two EPs Mantra (2016) and Rise Over Run(2017). Making music that brings together a range of influences from folk and blues to psychedelic to prog rock, and drawing on their own intense personal chemistry, Crown Lands are kicking off the new decade with a startlingly fresh jolt of energy.
The group’s name is indicative of their musical ambitions: “Crown Land” is territorial area belonging to the monarch—or, as Bowles (whose own heritage is half Mi’kmaq, an indigenous tribe from Nova Scotia) puts it, “Crown Land is stolen land and we are reclaiming it.” Crown Lands are on a mission to represent a sense of empowerment for marginalized communities through their music and the weighty subject matter of their lyrics. “People are going to listen to you, so you may as well say something that matters,” says Comeau.
Known for their energetic live show, Crown Lands have spent the past few years performing; starting by booking themselves shows across southwestern Ontario and then landing opening slots for major rock acts like Jack White, Primus and Rival Sons. 2020 looks to be no different as the band join Grammy award-nominated sister duo Larkin Poe on their European tour as support. See the full list of upcoming tour dates below.
UK/EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
May 01 Birmingham, United Kingdom O2 Institute
May 02 Dublin, Ireland Button Factory
May 03 Glasgow, Scotland SWG3
May 05 Manchester, United Kingdom Ritz
May 06 Bristol, United Kingdom SWX
May 07 London, United Kingdom Shepherds Bush Empire
May 09 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso Main Hall
May 10 Cologne, Germany Live Music Hall
May 12 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique
May 13 Paris, France Le Trianon
May 15 Barcelona, Spain Apolo
May 16 Madrid, Spain Sala But
May 19 Milan, Italy Santeria
May 20 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo
May 22 Munich, Germany Technikum
May 23 Vienna, Austria WUK
May 25 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music Bar
May 26 Berlin, Germany Huxley’s
May 27 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
May 29 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
May 30 Gothenburg, Sweden Tradgarn
May 31 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller
June 02 Stockholm, Sweden Berns