When opening the new issue of Guitar World, I saw a photo that recreated a time and space of youth. ‘Twas a gentleman playing a double-neck Rickenbacker, much like his predecessor Geddy Lee; I was sold on this band after one single photo and captivated to the point I had to know everything about them. “By-Tor And The Snow Dog” Canada: I hear they have good beer and weed up there, never been, but charmed by really nice, polite people.
Not lumping this band into frequently grouped retroacts, one can see Crown Lands expanding their outlook into stadium-based sensationalism. While there are similarities between Led Zeppelin III, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House (nice dobro) and countless others, it’s amazing what this two-man act can accomplish.
The cover art by Quinn Henderson retells the tail of folklore such as album art for Yes’ Fragile or Uriah Heep’s The Magician’s Birthday, but with today’s fashion of releasing EPs over long-players, this comes packaged in a beautiful 10″ LP, staying true to the archives of roots rock and roll.
An EP to get excited about, Wayward Flyers Vol. 1 is a journey away from civilization; social distancing with a piece-of-mind revival. What Crown Lands crams into fifteen minutes and eight seconds is worth a lifetime of entertainment, and “Does anyone remember laughter?”
Wayward Flyers Vol. 1 Track Listing:
1. Howlin’ Back Again
2. Roving On
3. The Witching Hour
5. No Sympathy
Run Time: 15:08
Release Date: June 11, 2020
Record Label: Universal Music Canada