After performing the song live on tour to eager fans, today, Juno Award-winning rock duo Crown Lands – Cody Bowles (vocals and drums) and Kevin Comeau (guitar, bass, and keys)— release their anticipated single, “Lady Of The Lake” through Spinefarm Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.
“Lady Of The Lake” dives deeper into the saga Crown Lands introduced with their 18-minute opus, “Starlifter: Fearless Pt. II,” released earlier this month. Bowles explains, “Steeped in a myriad of mythology, our song ‘Lady of the Lake’ tells a tale of an ancient battle for control over the realm and a powerful goddess who is called upon to dispel the darkness.
This occurs in the same world as Fearless, but long ago.” Bowles vigilantly sings the lyrics like retracing a legend; Now she has awoken, Her wrath will shake the world… All will bow before, The power she holds, while the song arrangement builds energy that allows the listener to submerge into the story fully. “I love the textures we’ve got in this song. I doubled the electric guitar with a 12-string acoustic for most of it. There are lots of Mellotron and Moog Taurus moments in this piece that give it that medieval-meets-outer space fantastical quality. I’m particularly proud of the Leslie-soaked guitar solo in 15/8,” Comeau affirms.
The track is released today alongside the accompanying music video, a ritualistic celebration of the story’s first hero who emerges from the water, soaked with power and purpose. “We wanted to invoke the feeling of something grand and mystical with this piece while recontextualizing fragments of our own real-world mythologies. Blurring these lines, we hope you’re taken to another place altogether and a little further into this fun world we’re creating,” Bowles describes. The music video offers that escape, watch it HERE.
“Lady Of The Lake” arrives as the second single of Crown Lands’ recently announced sophomore album Fearless, set to release March 31. Fearless was announced with the release of the album opener, “Starlifter: Fearless Pt. II,” a track Guitar World dubbed as “a jaw-dropping voyage through off-kilter riffs, blockbuster guitar tones and dynamic contrasts that not only parallel the Rush playbook but even go beyond it.”
Fearless follows Crown Lands’ self-titled debut (2020). It was recorded in 80A Studio at Universal studio in Toronto with producer David Bottrill (Rush, Muse, Tool, Mastodon). It came together over six months, in intense bursts between tours. Where the debut record showcased Crown Lands’ aptitude for raw blues rock, Fearless embraces more of the band’s earliest passions in prog-rock.
The album is an unapologetically rich, ambitious work yet easily accessible, plus fans will notice some previously released tracks, “Context: Fearless Pt. I” and “Right Way Back,” that act as familiar touchpoints framing the new soundscape. Rather than clobber its audience with complexity, Fearless creates a world you want to spend time in.
Crown Lands continue to introduce itself to the rest of the world through their high-energy live shows. Last year, they joined Greta Van Fleet on the final leg of their “Dreams In Gold” world tour in the U.S. Starting March 10, they head out with fellow Canadian rock outfit, July Talk, playing iconic venues across their home country on “The Never Remember Tour,” plus some headlining shows. See tour dates below, and buy tickets on the band’s website here.
Fearless Track Listing:
- Starlifter: Fearless Pt. II
- Dreamer Of The Dawn
- The Shadow
- Right Way Back
- Context: Fearless Pt. I
- Lady Of The Lake
THE NEVER REMEMBER TOUR (2023) / JULY TALK
March 10—Massey Hall—Toronto, ON (supporting July Talk)
March 11 – Massey Hall—Toronto, ON (supporting July Talk)
March 13- Farm League Brewing – Cambridge, ON
March 16 – Geraldton Country Club- Geraldton, ON
March 18- Royal Canadian legion-Fort Frances, ON
March 19- Red Lake Legion – Red Lake, ON
March 22- The Exchange – Regina, SK
March 23 – The Vat – Red Deer, AB
March 25 – Showshoe Sam’s – Kelowna, BC
March 28—Royal Theatre—Victoria, BC (supporting July Talk)
March 30–Commodore Ballroom—Vancouver, BC (supporting July Talk)
April 1—Grey Eagle Resort and Casino—Calgary, AB (supporting July Talk)
April 4—Winspear Centre—Edmonton, AB (supporting July Talk)
April 6—Burton Cummings Theatre—Winnipeg, MB (supporting July Talk)
April 9—London Music Hall—London, ON (supporting July Talk)
April 10—National Arts Centre—Ottawa, ON (supporting July Talk)
April 11 – MTELUS – Montreal, QC (supporting July Talk)
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.
Initially, 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.”
Crown Lands ended 2022 with the release of their rendition of The Beatles’ quintessential rally song, “Come Together,” released in partnership with TSN as part of a campaign for the Canadian Men’s National Team during FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022,™ watch the commercial featuring the track here (track starts at 3:20).
With the latest installment of tour dates stacked with new music, Crown Lands are ready to bring elegant, clever, progressive rock to the masses.