Describe your music in 3 words
Powerful, Driving, Atmospheric
You’ve just released your new album ‘June’, tell us about the songs you chose for this?
Our new album June is an introspective look into daily life and experiences, whilst dealing with anxiety and depression. The songs on the album reflect this theme and hopefully allow the listener to immerse themselves in not just an album, but an experience.
What one song off the album would you choose as a representation of Kanadia? ( I know this is a super hard question!! )
A tough question for sure and hard to pick just one! The first track on the album ‘Feel It Again’ captures all the elements that make us Kanadia and has a huge sounding end section with some big drums and guitars. ‘Where’s Your Friends/Wild shows off our dynamic side.
What or who influences your sound?
We love bands like Radiohead, TV on the Radio, Muse, Kings of Leon. Oxford legends Foals are a big influence.
When you look back at your first releases how do you feel your sound has evolved since then?
As a band we have gained confidence and become tighter over the years, and this comes through in our sound. Our new album contains themes of struggling with mental health, and can be dark at times but also uplifting.
How did you pick you band name?
Kanadia was one of our very early songs, which went onto our first EP. We came up with the song title years ago when our previous drummer mispronounced Canada. We thought it sounded mysterious.
You’ve been touring all over the place & have played various festivals, what has been the highlight?
We’ve had a great year with some fantastic gigs along the way. In It Together Festival in Wales was a highlight for us, playing alongside the likes of Noel Gallagher and Two Door Cinema Club. The sun came out and we drew in a really big crowd. Another high point was headlining the 25th anniversary of Riverside Festival in Charlbury, which always has a cracking line up of local artists.
The local music scene is so important, what key Oxford venues do you hold dear to your heart?
Unfortunately some key grassroots venues in Oxford have had to shut their doors over the years. The Wheatsheaf will always have a special place in our heart. We played some of our very early gigs there, which helped break us onto the Oxford music scene. We also used to love playing The Cellar. The Library is a tiny venue on Cowley Road and where we launched our Distant Life EP over the summer - it was extremely hot and sweaty!
What’s next for Kanadia in 2023?
Touring and promoting the album, writing more music and getting back into the studio at some point!
The album 'June' is out now and you can catch Kanadia at the album launch show on 9th December at the The Bullingdon, Oxford!