The members of the Crackling can boast as many roles as their new album Mary Magdalene has layers. Kenton Loewen, the man behind The Crackling, is best known as the drummer in Dan Mangan’s band and for his role in the Gord Grdina Trio with the band also featuring Jeremy Page of Mother Mother on bass. The album is dark and introspective while at the same time being warm and musical.
The Crackling is led by Loewen, who moves out of his past role as drummer to vocals and guitars, with Tyson Naylor on keyboard, piano and accordion, Page on bass, Gordon Grdina on guitar and vocals, and John Raham as drummer. Mary Magdalene also features appearances by the likes of Dan Mangan, the Vancouver Children’s Choir, JP Carter, Peggy Lee and Josiah Boothby.
The band released their debut album, Keep Full Ambitious, in April 2011, followed by Ashen, an EP with four new songs and one off of Keep Full Ambitious.
The Crackling has great depth and talent, and would not find themselves out of place on the main stage at any major folk music festival. Their tunes are dark but beautiful, much like a John Steinbeck novel. It is a landscape of stories created by beautiful songwriting and musicianship.
The Crackling will be at the NXNE festival in Toronto on June 14 and will be touring Canada during the spring of 2013.
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