“More is more.” That’s how Kevin Comeau of the powerhouse Canadian duo Crown Lands describes his band’s approach. Cody Bowles continues: “We joke around, what if the White Stripes covered Rush? We want to be as big as we can be with just the two of us.”
The release of Crown Lands’ upcoming, self-titled debut album—produced by six-time Grammy winner Dave Cobb—marks the arrival of a major new force. Raised in Southwestern Ontario, Comeau (guitar, bass and keys) and Cody Bowles (vocals and drums) bring together a range of influences from folk and blues to psychedelic to prog rock and, drawing on their own intense personal chemistry, create something unique and startlingly fresh.
In 2016, Crown Lands released their first EP, Mantra, and accelerated their relentless touring schedule, which has seen them open for Jack White, Coheed and Cambria, Primus, and Rival Sons.
The group’s name is indicative of their substantial 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.”
“We have a really special bond—pretty much like brothers, but even more,” says Comeau. “There’s something special about the two of us getting together and turning up to ten. So we just have to keep pushing ourselves even further.”