Crown Lands

September 12

Crown Lands are born storytellers. Advocates for the LGBTQ+ and indigenous communities. Counter-culturalists for the 21st century, informed by a cocktail of ancient voices, social injustice, science-fiction, and musical narrators from Rush to Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin to John Butler. Since meeting in 2015 at a band audition, singer/drummer Bowles (a reconnecting Mi’kmaq who identifies as Two Spirit) and guitarist/keyboardist Comeau have cultivated a diverse sonic and lyrical palette. Touchstones range from the mistreatment of Canada’s indigenous population to Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa, the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and Dune author Frank Herbert. Originally, they got their foot in the door with raw blues rock, on their Juno-nominated, 2020 self-titled LP, working with Grammy nominated Dave Cobb. This paved the way for an introduction to three of Crown Lands heroes: Terry Brown, Nick Raskulinecz, and David Bottrill – all prolific producers that worked with them on their breakthrough track “Context: Fearless Pt. 1,” which premiered on Rolling Stone. After a steady stream of new music, the band’s fresh approach and mission-driven catalogue garnered them the 2021 Juno Award for “Breakthrough Group of the Year.” Following up their new album ‘Fearless’ and a through line from their 2020 acoustic EP ‘Wayward Flyers Vol. 1’ comes Jipijk’am’, a five track ambient EP. Like ‘Wayward Flyers Vol. 1, ‘Jipijk’am’ continues their line of experimentation into different musical spaces and discovery. ’Jipijk’am (Great Horned Serpent), a powerful symbol in Mi’kmaw legends, is known all the way across Northern North America and across the centuries dating back to Northern Asia. ‘The Serpent Dance’ involves many layers of meaning and brings together the changing of the seasons, the time of moulting of snakes, and the season for ripening medicine. With this meditative EP featuring ambient field recordings, indigenous flutes and textural synths, Crown Lands branch out into new and exciting musical waters and continue to establish their dexterous, varied and expanding repertoire.