Thunder Bay, ON’s Luke Warm and The Cold Ones have shared a nostalgic and reflective single, the alternative and folk rock-inflected “Paradise Lost.” Written by lead singer Greg Chomut after visiting a friend he hadn’t seen in a while, the song’s lyrics flowed out of him.
Emotive guitars, earnest vocals, and the violin skills of Dreamhouse Studios’ Kara MacKinlay create a melancholic overture that illustrates the importance of caring for what you have before it’s too late.
The variety of influences that their five members bring to the band creates a sound that is familiar and new at the same time. Everything from punk to folk, metal, classic rock and hip hop seamlessly blend into a refreshingly contemporary sound.
Much of their music focuses on the more painful side of the human condition, but in a fun way that gets people moving and having a good time in a therapeutic manner.
We are a rock band based out of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. We try to make music that is reflective of the Northern experience of living in a small Canadian town. The band consists of Luke Warm (lead vocals/bass), Hillary McDowell (Piano/Vocals), Kyle Oikonen (Rythm Guitar/vocals), Carlo DeAgazio (Lead Guitar), and Angus Haapa (Drums). We feel that the variety of influences we all bring to the band creates a sound that is familiar and new at the same time. Much of our music focuses on the more painful side of the human condition, but in a fun way that gets people moving and having a good time in a therapeutic way.
This song is about how time keeps moving on, and if you look closely, you can see little windows into the things that have been left behind. I have always been attracted to old houses or areas of town with run-down buildings and burnt-out lights. There is beauty in the memories they store of a time that they were new and thriving, supporting life, families, and activities that, in turn, care for them as well. There is also something special in the way nature reclaims anything that is left behind, creating something new.
Inspiration comes from different sources for different songs. Some are based on the experiences of different members of the band, some are about our friends, and others are just based on a feeling. Most of our songs start from a jam that sticks out and then starts snowballing into something more. Sometimes it can take forever to finish a song. Still, for our most recent release (paradise lost), the words and melody just flowed into my head while driving down the highway in a really organic way, and when I brought it to the band, everything just came together similarly.
We have a few shows lined up locally throughout the fall and winter as we work on writing and recording. The next one is on September 30th at one of our favourite places in Thunder Bay, “The Foundry.”
Our goal in 2022 is to finish recording our first full album and to work on a plan to go on tour in 2023.
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.