Calgary roots-folk band, Steel & Timber have teamed up with us to premiere their 2nd single, “Slow Down” from their 3rd album, which is set for release on May 28, 2021. The single examines the feeling of staying present and enjoying the moment.
“‘Slow Down’ is a song about how time is fleeting and how you really have to hold on to the moments that are dear, before they are just memories,” says guitarist Benjamin Rogalsky.
Check out “Slow Down” below, and find out more about the band via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Steel & Timber is Benjamin Rogalsky on acoustic guitar, Navarro Ralph on upright and electric bass, Stephanie Ralph on drums, and me, Nathan Harris-Thompson on banjo and lead vocals. The band started with the banjo. After seeing the Avett Brothers play at the Austin City Limits Festival and how the banjo could be used to play music that wasn’t typical bluegrass, I (Nathan) was intrigued! I wanted to be in a rocking band that still had the harder edge of my main influences like Soundgarden and the Black Keys, but also wanted that banjo and country twag! Our latest album exemplifies this, especially as it is the first album to feature drums!
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
Our music is a blend of country blues and folk-rock. As a band, our influences are all over the place. From Earl Scruggs to Tool, there is a spectrum of music that finds its way into our sound. Song ideas are typically brought to rehearsal in a nearly finished state and the band finalizes the arrangement and the dynamics.
How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?
All band members have been taking online music lessons to improve technical skills. Stephanie has branched out to the ukulele and also has become a certified Yogi!
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
From our latest album, I feel like ‘Scatter the Plague’ represents us the best right now. And our new single ’Slow Down’ of course!
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
We all came up with these favorites: Mariel Buckley, Alexisonfire, Blue Rodeo, The Hip, and Billy Talent
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.