Canadian powerhouse duo, Crown Lands have unveiled the performance video to accompany their rendition of Neil Young’s 1970 original song ‘Birds‘. The track was released last week as part of Crown Lands acoustic EP, Wayward Flyers Volume 1 and is the second video of three to complement the project. Listen to the full EP here. The band also launched their ‘Letter To The People’ this week; a newsletter for the band to speak directly to their fans, sign up here.
The video was shot at a studio chalet in Uxbridge, Ontario and is the second instalment of a series of performance videos from this project – fans can expect a video for ‘Roving On’ later this month. These videos showcase Crown Lands musical artistry and technical aptitude in all of its majestic glory. Watch the video for “The Witching Hour” here.
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 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.