Canadian Rock duo Crown Lands have released their latest track ‘Howlin’ Back’ and this Zeppelinesque stomping blues number is certainly worth a listen. Produced by Dave Cobb, the song follows their previous single ‘Spit It Out’, with both songs set to feature on their upcoming debut album, details of which we eagerly await.

Lead vocalist and drummer Cody Bowles told Metaltalk “’Howlin’ Back’ is about the fears that spawn from campfire tales, it’s that tingling feeling of uncertainty when you turn your back to the woods at night.

“Hard belting, juxtaposed with falsetto vocal textures help colour an eerie atmosphere above the relentless drums and slide guitar that give it swagger and make the tune feel like it’s on the verge of derailing.”

Guitarist Kevin Comeau described the song as “.. a dark blues romper that owes its occult imagery to our fascination with the woods. It’s the most unapologetically blues-based song we’ve ever recorded.”

Crown Lands stock was well on the rise having performed opening slots for Jack White, Primus and Rival Sons, before the pandemic caused European dates with Grammy award-nominated sister duo Larkin Poe to be postponed, as well as the following homecoming show in Toronto.

Crown Lands remain positive while they wait for the day they can play to fans again with Comeau telling us “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.”

Crown Lands have released two EPs Mantra (2016) and Rise Over Run (2017).

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