The All Canadian Soundclash dives right in on its latest single and video
Canadian folk rock project the All Canadian Soundclash is out with its newest single and video, “Raise Me High” and its new, self-titled EP.
“Raise Me High” showcases the Ottawa-based band’s now-signature sound, marked by uplifting beats and melodic passages.
“They say the music you first discover and fall in love with is the music that stays with you for the rest of your life,” frontman and composer Andrew Michelin said. “That’s true in my case… I come from the early 90s era of alternative grunge rock, and, like any other 40-something, I can still remember the exact moment I first heard Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ or Pearl Jam’s “Alive.”
As much as those influences burst through in Andrew’s work, “Raise Me High” offers equal nods to song-building blocks of even earlier, mixed with his decidedly fresh perspective.
“I take a ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to creating music,” he said. “My grandfather, Stewart, also wrote songs, but not for notoriety or any sort of career path; it was for fun. It was a game. It was a competition.
“He was one of the last generations of trappers in northern Canada to still work and trade with the Hudson’s Bay Company and, while isolated out in the wilderness for weeks at a time, each trapper would write a song,” he continued. “When they all came home, they would show off their songs to one another to see who wrote the best one.
“One ended up being the ‘best’ after all; his song ‘The Grand River Song’ has been recorded and performed by numerous musicians to this day.”
The All Canadian Soundclash was produced, engineered and mixed by Canadian artist and producer Dale Murray (Hayden, Cuff The Duke, Joel Plaskett, Buck 65, Christina Martin, Matt Mays) at his Farmhouse Studio in Port Howe, NS. Dale also provided guitars, percussion and backing vocals on the release, while Jordi Comstock played drums.
“I feel blessed knowing and being able to work with Dale,” Andrew said. “He’s such an incredible producer…. He can take ‘nothing’ and turn it into something extraordinary.”