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.
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!