Sunday, May 17, 2009

Great Big Sea

And now it's time for Kristian to make his first appearance on RC!

Since the current theme seems to be music, I'd like to take a chance to introduce you to my all-time favourite Canadian band. Canadian music is usually overshadowed from the fact that they are neighbours with what is probably the largest media-prodicing country in the world, the US of A. However, there are quite a few high-ranking artists in the lists who hail from this great, big country, such as Avril Lavigne, Celine Dione, Nickelback, to name a few.

My favourite band, however, is a little less well-known. Great Big Sea has been taking the second largest country in the world, Canada, by storm, since their first performance in 1993 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

While they're not really a head-banging, club-pounding kind of band, they have really invoked a lot of patriotism from the heart of Canada by taking folk-loric songs and vamping them up for the twenty-first century.

Originally formed by Sean McCann, Darrell Powell, Bob Hallett and Alan Doyle, their first few albums became major hits across the country. In their earlier days, before the turn of the millenium, their music was more traditional sounding in a wholesome sort of way - it seemed they were trying to keep closer to their music's roots then storming the music industry with what the rest of the world has been doing and keeping up with the latest, craziest fads. But with the release of their album Sea Of No Cares, you can definitely tell that with the influence of Darrell Power no longer in the band, they started to move towards more of a mainstream sound. Beats were pumped up, instrumentals taking a stronger role - they had really come a long way since their beginning.

Here's a video of one of my favourite songs:

For more stuff about GBS, visit their official website at:

I seriously suggest you buy one of their albums for your next road trip. They are definitely great for travelling tunes, and the lyrics are usually pretty easy to pick up, with the excpetion of their songs "Mari-Mac," and "It's the End of the World as We Know It."

Continue enjoying all aspects of music, and of course, keep reading for more updates from Camden and myself!