PROMO PHOTO BY JEROME JOYCE | DOWNLOAD
TORONTO, ON - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 - “Julian Taylor, this is your life.” Those weren’t the exact words used by Taylor’s mother one recent Christmas when she gifted him a trunk full of all kinds of personal memorabilia. But she may as well have. Wading through that treasure chest in his attic led to a period of self-reflection that resulted in a collection of 8 new songs that would become Julian Taylor Band’s most personal record to date. Avalanche is due out on March 29, 2019 via Gypsy Soul Records. The album features the lead track, "Sweeter" (over 100K spins on Spotify) and the most recent single, "Back Again", recently added to Stingray's Pop Adult channel. This morning, Canadian Beats exclusively premiered a brand new video for "Back Again". Watch & share here. The band will celebrate the new album with a special hometown Toronto show at The Great Hall on March 30th. Tickets are on sale now. Prior to this show, they'll play Ottawa's inaugural Come See and Hear The World winter festival on February 16th. For more details on Julian Taylor Band please head over to https://juliantaylorband.com/.
"Back Again" Video
Directed by Alan James
For "Back Again" the band popped by Canterbury Studio to record with engineer Jeremy Darbyand Julian Decorte, with Taylor himself in the producer's chair. "This song was inspired by the unconditional love that I had for my Grandparents out west in Maple Ridge;" shares Julian. "They taught me about the importance of being with nature and really helped raise me. I’d visit them every summer on the west coast where they lived on a farm for some time. They’re gone now but before they left this Earth they taught me about being a good person and how to carry myself. My Grandfather who was Mohawk instilled many Indigenous values and ways of life into everything he taught me. It’s a song about the cycle of life and now it’s my turn to create those kinds of memories and teach those values to my kin."
The new album Avalanche (mixed by Tim Abraham at Soleil Sound) is the sound of a band who is fully capable of cranking up to 11 and dazzling you with pyrotechnics, but who chooses instead to put that energy into slinky grooves (“Time,” “Take What You Need,” “Never Let the Lights Go Dim”), smooth country rock (“Back Again,” “Sweeter”), and soulful blues (“Avalanche,” “Learn to Love,” “Gone”). Lyrically and musically, it’s an album that Taylor could only make at this stage in his life. His time as an underrated talent is surely over.
Take What You Need
Learn To Love
Never Let The Lights Go Dim
TORONTO ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
with special guest Mikhail Laxton
WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019
WHERE: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
What's The Story About Julian Taylor Band?
The voice drifting into the lobby from the soundcheck sounds so timeless it might be emerging from some ancient well of souls at the end of the world, but it's also fresh and vulnerable.
Sometimes he sings in riddles celebrating sexuality, courting, pleading, lonesome and profound. Other times, lost in the dreads, the voice comes up out of the shadow summoning ancestral tones of Maroon resistance or slipping into a high Mohawk register.
So…not a monotone experience at all. And well beyond stereo. In fact not of any one genre. Not limited that way. You get doors opening on doors. There's no dissonance. In fact it's a harmonic whole.
Not a revivalist, but a musical revisionist, Julian Taylor masterfully re-combines and updates the vintage sounds that inspired him, to create bold, innovative new songs.
Taylor, of both West Indian and Native Canadian decent, is a charismatic frontman, prolific songwriter, and endearing individual. A calm, somewhat self-effacing person offstage, Taylor morphs into an intense, incendiary and almost shamanistic presence onstage. Toronto poet Robert Priest describes him as “the kind of artist forever in the zone, the voice limitless, the songs full of feeling and memorable hooks.”
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"BACK AGAIN" SINGLE ARTWORK: DOWNLOAD