Every once in a while I’ll be browsing through the internet and will come across a band that makes me take a second glance. Last night was one of those nights. I was skimming through Facebook and saw a friend had shared a song by this group from the James Bay community of Attawapiskat called Midnight Shine.
This was the post that caught my eye:
It’s no secret I’m always on the hunt for great new music so I decided I’d check it out. What I found blew me away. The first track I listened to was called “Since You Been Gone“, to be honest when I first clicked on the link I was expecting a cleaver Kelly Clarkson cover but that wasn’t the case at all. “Since You Been Gone” is a solid rock track with strong lyrics. I delved deeper and checked out more songs from the group’s self titled album. So many great songs like “James Bay” a song that celebrates their home and their culture, “Hopeless Romantic” a love song in which you can hear some Blue Rodeo influence, the darker “Save My Life” a song about heartbreak and addiction to the soulful tribute to an elder “Mooshum (Grandfather)“.
The group came together almost by accident in 2011 when Canadian rock legends Trooper invited singer/songwriter Adrian Sutherland to open for them at a show in Timmins, Ontario. There was one condition: that he performs with a band. So Sutherland pulled together Zach Tomatuk (guitar), Stan Louttit (bass), and George Gillies (drums), and Midnight Shine came to be. In late 2013 the group’s success continued with the signing of a record deal with Roar Records out of Toronto, so lets hope that means more music to come!
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The album Midnight Shine is an album with deep roots and is distinctly Canadian. It has something for everyone and as soon as I heard it I knew I had to feature them immediately! If you want to know more about Midnight Shine checkout their website, naturally if you like their sound support them by purchasing their album on iTunes or via Bandcamp.
Here’s a live performance of “Since You’ve Been Gone” in Moose Factory, Ontario: