Juno Award-winning, powerhouse rock duo Crown Lands – Cody Bowles (vocals and drums) and Kevin Comeau (guitar, bass, and keys) – are proud to announce, “The Big Wave Tour,” kicking off this October. The band’s first headlining tour will be a 13-date cross-Canada tour with Skye Wallace joining as support, see list of full tour dates below. Tickets will be available on Friday, July 16 at 10am local time on Crown Lands’ website, here.
Commenting on the tour announcement and returning to live shows, Crown Lands notes, “This is the biggest moment in Crown Lands history: our first headlining tour. ‘The Big Wave Tour’ takes its namesake from the opening line of ‘White Buffalo’; ‘The Big Wave has come to wash away the ancient world.’ Live music is back. We are here to push the boundaries of what two people can create together.”
The band continues, “It’s been a hell of a year and we are emerging out of our musical cocoon better for it. The musicality and the production will set new bars across the board. We promise. We’re excited to have Skye Wallace as our special guest each evening. She and her band deliver true rock & roll.”
The tour announcement follows the release of two new tracks, “White Buffalo” and “The Oracle,” which Crown Lands shared last week through Spinefarm Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Both tracks were recorded with three-time Grammy Award-winning, Toronto producer David Bottrill (Tool, Mastodon, Rush, Peter Gabriel).
“’White Buffalo’ arrives as a symbol of aspiration, in recognition of the resilience and strength of Indigenous communities to overcome injustice while manifesting a prosperous future.” Crown Lands explain, “’White Buffalo’ is the third instalment in our trilogy of songs about Indigenous rights,” says Crown Lands. “‘Mountain’ is what happened. ‘End of the Road’ is what is happening. White Buffalo is manifesting what will happen: overcoming oppression and rising up to reclaim one’s land. The White Buffalo is a symbol of manifestation. When Colonizers came to North America, they tried to wipe out the Buffalo to starve Indigenous people to death. The buffalo are still here. We are too, and together we’ll overcome. Also, never has 7/8 ever been more danceable.”
“White Buffalo” was released with the accompanying official music video, directed by Alim Sabir. The spirited visual sees Crown Lands immersed in the elements, performing in a new age forest with dancers that fortify the theme of movement.
Over the course of a thirteen-minute, multi-part composition, “The Oracle,” continues another story that Crown Lands is creating, revealing the origins of the Queen character featured in the “Context: Fearless Pt. 1” music video. “We wanted to take the listener somewhere and evoke a sense of adventure,” says Bowles. Taking solace from the realities Crown Lands confront in a fictional world they continue to create.
For the last year and a half, Crown Lands have introduced themselves through the release of their self-titled debut album, their acoustic EP, Wayward Flyers Volume 1, plus the four tracks so far from 2021 (“Context: Fearless Pt. 1”, “Right Way Back”, “White Buffalo” and “The Oracle”). Canadian fans now finally have a chance to see what Crown Lands do best with some up-close-and-personal live shows this fall.
“THE BIG WAVE” 2021 TOUR DATES
Friday, October 15, 2021 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
Saturday, October 16, 2021 – Saskatoon, SK – The Roxy
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar & Grill
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar & Stage
Saturday, October 23, 2021 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Friday, November 26, 2021 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s Music Hall
Saturday, November 27, 2021 – Oshawa, ON -Biltmore Theatre
Sunday, November 28, 2021 – Hamilton, ON – Bridgeworks
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – London, ON – Rum Runners
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – Toronto, ON – The Axis Club
Friday, December 3, 2021- Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
Saturday, December 4, 2021 – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
Crown Lands’ self-titled debut album, produced by Grammy-nominated Dave Cobb, was released in the summer of 2020, to widespread acclaim from the likes of Guitar World, Kerrang!, and American Songwriter; coverage from the BBC and the CBC. Crown Lands then stormed into 2021 with two songs, “Context: Fearless Pt. 1” and “Right Way Back,” that returned them to their prog-rock roots and pointed the way to a limitless future, while also connecting the group to their legendary countrymen Rush after working with three prolific Rush producers – Terry Brown, Nick Raskulinecz and David David Bottrill – on the tracks.
“Context: Fearless Pt. 1” and “Right Way Back” premiered with Rolling Stone and were named “Rockest Record of the Week” on BBC Radio 1. Most recently, Crown Lands received their first Juno Awards nominations, for Rock Album of the Year and taking home the award for Breakthrough Group of the Year. The band also signed a deal with Spinefarm Records, which will be working with Universal Music Canada to support their upcoming releases in the U.S. and U.K.
Hailing from Southwestern Ontario, powerhouse Canadian rock duo Crown Lands are a startling fresh jolt of energy, making music that brings together a range of influences from folk and blues to psychedelic prog rock. The group’s name is indicative of their musical ambitions: “Crown Land” is a 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.”