The landscape of Northwestern Ontario has a weight to it; from the ancient mass of the Canadian Shield underfoot to the ponderous silence of the boreal forest, there’s something about this region that naturally conveys a sense of heaviness.
Emerging in the punk scenes of dirty basements and sleazy bars pockmarked along the great Canadian rock, 1971 has steadily grown into a mature sound that is uniquely their own. Over the years, they slowly departed from their roots into a something that is strange but familiar; channelling lightness from indie rock, song structures and writing styles of American folk and country music while maintaining the energy and passion from their youths as misguided punks. The weight they carry comes from a very real place somewhere between the tranquil woods and the riotous city streets.
The three founding members, Cameron Cranston (bass guitar/vocals), Garrett Iverson (guitar/vocals) and Jory Strachan (drums/vocals) formed in 2011 and have, in a way, been helplessly bound to each other, as if by blood, since. Diving into the unknown in a dilapidated van as teenagers, through tumultuous troubles, heartbreak, and the road’s wonders and trials, the three have continued to make music and art together, enlisting friends to collaborate on the project along the way. The three eventually left the life of Kenora and found a place for themselves in Winnipeg, Manitoba where they currently base themselves out of.
In Spring of 2016, with the help of J Riley Hill of Mortfell Recordings, 1971 produced their third EP Burning Bridges Before They’re Crossed, released on cassette by Blind Eye Records and Le Mort Records out of Quebec, self-released on compact-disc. The release was well received by the media and public throughout North America, and earned them a following in Mexico and Southern America.
1971 are in the process of recording their first full-length album, set for release in late 2017 / early 2018.
“A noisy domineering soundscape that is lush and verdant like a well-kept garden” – Diamond Deposits, 2016
“Whether the four-piece are incorporating slow and sludgy beats, or showing off their more melodic side with fast-paced rock'n'roll, 1971 remain dedicated to honouring the punk ethos they've grown up with: committing to "absolute freedom of expression."” – Exclaim!
“Huge noise, beautiful crescendos, and incredible sound keeps me coming back to them on a close-to-daily basis.”– Mind The Music T.O.