The Lost Art of a Damn Good Music Video — Crown Lands
There is something so invigorating about pure, unbridled Rock & Roll. To some, it seems the genre has slipped away from us. There are no good bands left. The zeitgeist has moved on, but that just isn’t true and I can prove it!
Canadian duo Cody Bowles and Kevin Comeau together form the soon-to-be-famous Crown Lands. With a sound that will leave lifelong fans of Rock nostalgic for the days of yore and new fans inspired to research the classics, this band has something for all to enjoy.
They have all the hallmarks of your parent’s (or grandparent’s) favorite band: an electric sound, killer music videos, and tight pants with a legitimate gripe against their government. The name Crown Lands refers to 87% of the land in Ontario, which once was held by the indigenous tribes of the region. On their website bio, Bowles expands on the subject.
“Crown Land is stolen land and we are reclaiming it,” Bowles said.
Inspired by Rush, another Canadian rock band, the duo has finely-tuned their sound and have a very polished presence online. That level of attention to detail is most apparent in their over-the-top evocative music videos.
“End of The Road” is their most serious video, as it pays tribute to victims of the “Highway of Tears,” a section of highway in British Colombia which has been the location of many murders and the alleged sight of disappearances.
Using their platform to bring awareness, the band made this video to “…address the disproportionate violence and ongoing injustices experienced by Indigenous communities with hopes to encourage education, discussion and action surrounding this national crisis,” the band said in the description of the video.
It opens on a dark strip of highway, juxtaposed against the blinding white snow stretching outwardly on either side. Detailed aerial shots sent chills down my spine as I imagined what it must have been like out there for all those people who never returned. This music video also serves as a public service announcement, in a stunning marriage of art and activism.
“Leadfoot” is the jam that started it all. I was minding my own business, then suddenly Spotify thrusts this band into my mix and the rest is history. I was so taken aback by Leadfoot, it’s a song that is straight up in your face and looking for a good time. It reminded me of so many classic bands, especially considering the insane high notes Bowles belts out. Comeau is no slouch either! His mastery of the guitar is noticeable in how effortlessly he plucks away at chord after chord.
The music video itself presents a fun mix of decades. From the eighties-esque title card to the early 2000’s camera angles, their inspiration, and appreciation of great bands is front and center. Check them out, you will not be disappointed!
Victor Rodriguez is a student-journalist who has bounced around multiple publications and is currently setting up shop here at Traklife. He is the winner of a few awards, including first place in Critical Review from the JACC. His first CD was the soundtrack to the Lizzie McGuire movie. His second? My Chemical Romance. He spends a lot of time thinking about the titles of books he’ll never write.