Photo by: Travis Shinn
On the heels of their previously released second track, “Howlin’ Back,” Canadian rock duo Crown Lands share the follow up acoustic version “Howlin’ Back Again” via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. “Howlin’ Back Again” arrives alongside the announcement of Wayward Flyers Volume 1 an acoustic EP set to be released June 11. 

Wayward Flyers Volume 1 showcases Crown Lands artistic versatility with four stripped back original songs plus a cover of Neil Young’s “Birds.”

On the upcoming project, guitarist Kevin Comeau explains:

“This EP is another side of Crown Lands. A side we haven’t shown before! We wanted to get in touch with the core of our song writing through this record. Tom Petty once said that ‘most any good song, you can sit down and deliver it with a piano or a guitar.’ We set out to prove that and as a result we pushed ourselves in a softer, more intimate direction.”

Fans can now pre-order Wayward Flyers Volume 1 vinyl here. The stunning 10-inch record features the EP art which was designed by Quinn Henderson and stays true to the Crown Lands aesthetic; “a celebration of nature - an ode to our home” describes Universal Music Canada’s Creative Director Andy Slater who has worked closely with Crown Lands to develop their visuals.

“Howlin’ Back” was released earlier this month as Crown Lands second song from their upcoming debut album and follows the band’s first major label release with the track “Spit It Out.”

Known for their energetic live shows, Crown Lands spent the early part of their career 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. Like many bands, Crown Lands were challenged by the global pandemic, having to postpone their support slot across Europe with Grammy award-nominated sister duo Larkin Poe as well as their homecoming headlining show in Toronto.

Crown Lands remain positive while they wait for the day they can play to fans again, Comeau commenting, “This is an important time to remember that we are all in this together, and we are going through a collective trauma. Although our doors and our borders remain closed, our minds must remain open." 

After meeting six years ago and bonding over their shared obsession with Rush, Cody Bowles (Vocals/Drums) 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.


Howlin’ Back Again
Roving On
The Witching Hour
No Sympathy


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