By: Amanda Hather
Album – Lessons From The Crow
Release Date – August 28th, 2015
Download Link – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/lessons-from-the-crow/id1029980788
Genre – Rock
Open Air is a four piece rock band from Calgary, Alberta consisting of Garrett Greenhall (guitar, backing vocals), Tyler Bourne (bass guitar, backing vocals), Steven Mansfield (lead vocals), and Josh Hearnden (drums, backing vocals. ‘Lessons From The Crow’ follows their EP ‘Extended Play’, which was released in early 2013.
The opening song, “Creatures”, was released shortly before the album and definitely gives the listener a taste of what to expect from the rest of ‘Lessons From The Crow’. “Shangri-La” has a much softer sound to it compared to the rest of the album, starting with acoustic guitar and soft vocals. It gives the album a bit of balance and showcases the band’s different talents. “Traveller” is probably my favourite off of the album other than “Creatures”, and again showcases how much talent this band has and how they can differentiate themselves from their usual sound. It’s softer and slower and allows the listener to just get lost in the music.
I have been waiting for a full length album from Open Air since I stumbled upon ‘Extended Play’ shortly after it was released and it was well worth the wait. ‘Lessons From The Crow’ brings back the classic rock sound in a way that would please any fan of the genre. The combine music akin to their influences such as Black Sabbath, The Guess Who, and One Bad Son with their unique sound and the outstanding power of Mansfield’s vocals in a way that will leave you craving more.
I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.