By: Sarah Ballagh Brown
Release Date- June 12, 2015
iTunes Link – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/rookie/id991602198
Genre- Indie Rock
Aukland is based out of Mississauga, ON, and includes four members, Jeff Campana (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Dave Setton (Drums/Percussion/Vocals), Sean Sroka (Vocals/Guitar), and Andrew Thomas (Bass/Vocals). There will be an album release show at The Garrison, Toronto (1197 Dundas St. W.) on June 12th. To purchase advance tickets head HERE (http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/852063?utm_medium=459899). The band will also be going out on a three week tour following the release consisting mostly of Ontario dates, with more to come.
Their full length debut album features 10 songs. The first track “Talk” intrigued me, and I felt pulled along deeper through the entire album. Their sound is very upbeat, yet not all of the lyrics are. You can tell this band has a wonderful energy. I felt like I was discovering with each song, many of them showcasing strong guitar riffs that keep you wanting more.
If I had to choose two songs to suggest I would say “Doing it Right” and “Worry Some” would be at the top of my list. “Doing it right” could easily be a song I’d play driving around with the windows down and the wind in my hair. I think it would make a great single. “Worry Some” – has some emotional lyrics, and that song brings up feelings I’m sure we have all thought about before. I also have to mention “Open Fire”- that song has a bit more of a heaviness to it and I was without a doubt rocking out to that one.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
June 18 @ Zaphod Beeblebrox, OTTAWA, ON
June 19 @ L’Alize, MONTREAL QC
June 20 @ The Grad club, KINGSTON, ON
June 21 @ Acoustic House Show, MILTON, ON
June 23 @ The Moustache Club, OSHAWA, ON
June 25 @ Dstrct, GUELPH, ON
June 26 @ The Rivoli, TORONTO, ON
June 27@ The Masonic Lodge, MISSISSAUGA, ON
June 28 @ The Baltimore House, HAMILTON, ON
Jul 1 @ Old Crow, NIAGARA FALLS, ON
Jul 3 @ Black Pirates Pub, THUNDER BAY, ON
I wear many hats, such as working full time as an ophthalmic assistant, Birth Doula, selling Younique- and now I also have taken up writing with Canadian Beats. I have always enjoyed writing, and I am so excited to be doing it again. We all need outlets and this for me is something that I love to do. Music has always been a big part of my life, and attending concerts is one of my favorite things to do. The energy that I get from seeing a band play live is like no other, I think it’s almost an addiction for me!
I tend to lean towards rock, alternative, indie, folk and acoustic music- but I am also open to listening to something new too! Maybe I’ll see you around at a concert!