1971 / Winnipeg, MB
Emerging in the punk scenes of dirty basements and sleazy bars pockmarked along the great Canadian rock, 1971 steadily grew 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, depth from post-hardcore and emo, 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.
In spring of 2016 long time friend Tanner Neill joined the band and accompanied them on their Canadian tour of that following summer.
1971 were in the process of recording their second full-length album, set for release in late 2017 / early 2018.
On February 13th, 2017 bassist, founding member and best friend Cameron Glen Cranston suddenly passed away in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center. He was 25 years old.
The band decided not to continue without their brother.
After his passing the remaining members, Garrett Iverson, Jory Strachan and Tanner Neill decided to release the last existing recordings of the band with Cameron; two demos they recorded for a recording fund grant application they received with the songs ‘The Manipulator’ and ‘Anxiety’.
The songs, accompanied by a third ‘Etinohah’, written and recorded by Cameron Glen Cranston, will be released on cassette with Art of the Uncarved Block and on 7” vinyl on December 1st, 2017 in honor of Cam and as a final memento for the band.
A compilation album of the band’s career titled “Ready For Winter; The Story 2011-2016” will also be accompanying the release, featuring a previously unreleased live version of their first song “TIME”, on double cassette with Art of the Uncarved Block and on compact disc.