JON AND ROY SET TO RELEASE
THE ROAD AHEAD IS GOLDEN ON JUNE 9TH
RETURN TO EUROPE THIS SUMMER
“Europe has been some of the best shows of our career,” says Jon Middleton. “There is a great opportunity to grow there.”
TORONTO, ON - MAY 24, 2017 - The Road Ahead Is Golden arrives at the perfect juncture for Victoria, BC pair Jon Middleton and Roy Vizer. The long-time bandmates have been releasing music under the name Jon and Roy since they were university students and are truly hitting their stride with the release of their seventh album, The Road Ahead Is Golden, out June 9th via Blue Heron Music. Opting for time in the studio in lieu of months on the road - the new album features Runner and The Better Life. The band will celebrate the release with local tour dates in BC before embarking on a 14 + dates tour in Europe, including stops in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, and Hungary. Full tour details can be found below and at http://jonandroy.ca/.
The latest record was recorded at a small, rural West Coast studio, a setting which stands in contrast to Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver, where 2015’s Riverside was recorded. The band was in a good place and very motivated recording the new project. A record with subtle tones but purposeful messages took shape with relative ease, and once Jon and Roy got in the studio with bassist Louis Sadava early sessions appeared to bring out the very best in the group. Middleton and Vizer have made a career out of embracing the unexpected, rather than running from it. That approach worked wonders on this record. The trademarks of previous Jon and Roy releases — sly runs on Middleton’s acoustic guitar, Vizer’s guardrail groove — are in abundance on The Road Ahead Is Golden, but changes are evident. Vizer, a trained percussionist, put congas back on the equipment list for two songs after he decided against using them on Riverside. And Middleton is joined by other voices — a rarity — on several songs, including members of Current Swell on The Better Life.
There’s a simplicity to the music of Jon and Roy that makes what they do sound effortless. But nothing could be further from the truth. “We worked really hard on this album, even though it came together quite quickly” Middleton said. “At this point in our career, it’s the album it seemed we were destined to make.”
What's The Story About Jon and Roy?
Coming quickly on the heels of 2014’s By My Side, the upbeat tone of Riverside served a key purpose for Jon and Roy, and positioned the band for success on a worldwide scale. A recent tour of Europe was brought about by a booking agent for Filter Group (Milky Chance) whose eagerness to see them overseas presented Jon and Roy with a long-awaited opportunity. The bandmates had no choice but to trust his enthusiasm, and their maiden tour of Europe wound up being an amazing success, Vizer said.
The two bandmates never directly spoke about it, but the motivation to make an impact on new audiences fuelled them at every turn during their European trek. Previous tours with Xavier Rudd and The Cat Empire had put Jon and Roy before fans across North America, who continue to support the group in key markets on both coasts. Exposure in TV ad campaigns for Volkswagen, Scotiabank, and Lululemon, in addition to song placements in TV shows on HBO, MTV, NBC and OLN among dozens of others, broadened their reputation further. But it is their reputation as a must-see live act which continues to serve them well.
The Road Ahead Is Golden Tracklisting:
The Better Life
How The Story Goes
When You're Gone
The Road Ahead Is Golden
Nothing But Everything
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
June 9th - The Waverley - Cumberland, BC
June 10th - The Legion - Tofino, BC
June 24th - Tall Tree Music Festival - Port Renfrew, BC
August 4th - Bulli Summer Festival - Wolfsburg, DE
August 5th - Kulturufer - Friedrichshafen, DE
August 6th - Timboektoe - Den Haag, NL
August 8th - Nell's Jazz and Blues - London, UK
August 9th - Bands in the Sands - Perranporth Beach, UK (opening for Toots & The Maytals)
August 10th - Boardmasters - Cornwall, UK
August 11th - Hope + Ruin - Brighton, UK
August 12th - De Parade Festival - Amsterdam, NL
August 13th - Rock Les Bains - Les Bains, FR
August 15th - Sziget Festival - Budapest, HU
August 16th - Fristerasz - Badacsony, HU
August 17th - Badeshiff - Berlin, DE
August 18th - Reichenau - Constance, DE|
August 19th - Badenfahrt - Baden, CH