MAJOR LOVE’S SELF-TITLED LP DUE OUT AUGUST 24 VIA LATENT RECORDINGS
MAJOR LOVE IS THE MONIKER OF COLLEEN BROWN FEATURING MEMBERS OF SCENIC ROUTE TO ALASKA, JESSE AND THE DANDELIONS, ELIJAH ABRAMS,
AND AARON GOLDSTEIN
TOUR DATES BEGIN JULY 18
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Today, Major Love have announced their debut self-titled LP, due out August 24 via Latent Recordings. Major Love is the moniker of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Colleen Brown and members of Scenic Route To Alaska, Jesse And The Dandelions, Elijah Abrams, and Aaron Goldstein, who make soulful pop-rock for hosers.
With tracks from their self-titled EP “So Good” and “Tear It Down” already in heavy rotation on CBC Radio 2, both making their way onto the CBC Music Top 20 charts, the band is now sharing LP single, “Toughen Up”.
“Toughen Up” is “all contrasts, and I guess that's where my head was at,” says Brown. Musically, the song is propulsive then barren, peaks and valleys. Lyrically, “it's an inner-interrogation - Bad Cop, Good Cop, and the friend that gets up in the middle of the night to come bail you out. It's the self-improvement bully in our heads versus a gentler self-image.”
Major Love was conceived in the lamplight of London’s Bedroom Bar during Brown’s first tour overseas. Fellow Edmontonians, Scenic Route To Alaska, were also wrapping their first tour in Germany and the UK. The two acts found themselves on the same dimly lit stage in Shoreditch, 7000 kms from their hometown, bonding over an appreciation of vintage Harmony guitars, singalong pop/rock anthems and an affinity for the spacious, soulful recordings released on the Stax and Motown labels in the 1960’s.
“I watched them play and knew right away that I wanted to work with them, and we got along gangbusters right from the get-go... it felt like synchronicity,” says Brown. “We went into the studio with our mutual friend and collaborator Jesse Northey (Jesse And The Dandelions) within a month of returning home, planning just to record one or two songs to test the waters. Things felt and sounded so amazing that we just tracked the whole LP there.”
Recorded live off the floor in Edmonton’s True North Studios with Northey on keys and faders, they were joined by multi-instrumentalist Elijah Abrams, with additional mixes and co-production by Toronto-based pedal steel guru Aaron Goldstein and Kenneth Meehan (Daniel Romano). The singalong track “So Good” was mixed by Brooklyn’s prodigious hit-makers Gus van Go and Werner F.
MAJOR LOVE TOUR DATES
Jul 18 - Fernie, BC - The Arts Station
Jul 22 - Edmonton, AB - Taste Of Edmonton (w/ Hannah Georgas)
Aug 3 - Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room (w/ Sarah MacDougall) *
Aug 4 - Burnstown, ON - Neat Cafe (w/ Sarah MacDougall and John Aaron Cockburn) *
Aug 10 - Kingston / Marysville, ON - Wolfe Island Music Festival
Aug 18 - Salmon Arm, BC - Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival
Aug 19 - Salmon Arm, BC - Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival
Aug 25 - Ottawa, ON - Irene’s Pub w/Graven and John Aaron Cockburn
Aug 27 - Kingston, ON - The Toucan
Aug 30 - Fredericton, NB - The Capital
Aug 31 - Halifax, NS - Urban Folk Fest - Sniggiliy Wiggily’s
Sep 2 - Breadalbane PEI (- The Dunk, w/ Mayhemmingways)
* Colleen Brown Solo Show