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.
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.
Garret Iverson- Guitar & Vocals
Jory Strachan- Drums & Vocals
Cameron Cranston- Bass & Vocals
Tanner Neill- Guitar