Cranston Foundation

Cranston Foundation

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Cranston Foundation is a diverse mixture of Hard Rock, Punk, Reggae, with the groove of Hip Hop and the driving beat of Dance Hall.

Biography

CRANSTON FOUNDATION

Cranston Foundation has delivered a sophisticated and sincere offering with their newest album Communicate. The record showcases a powerful rhythm section with strong hip-hop and reggae sensibilities. Jeremy Dows bass and Jack Abads relentless beats are the perfect foundation for Amos Bradley’s strong and tasteful guitar playing which in turn, support the unique and controlled vocals of Alex Black and the powerhouse MC style of Rick Polson.

Cranston Foundation is a well-respected, well-established band that consistently packs houses. Their music is a perfect blend of originality and accessibility and the lyrics are clear, considered and meaningful. They perform an entertaining high-energy show with a tightness and style possible only through years of focused playing.

The bands live spirit was captured and translated to album by multi Juno award winning and Grammy nominated producer Brandon Friesen of Studio 11 Inc. Brandon has been credited with ‘Studio of the Year’ and ‘Engineer of the Year’ from the PMA’s and has produced over 300 bands from every genre. This experience served Cranston well as there style blends rock, ska, punk, reggae and hip hop into a truly unique listening experience.

Some of the bands notable shows include the Kokanee Summit in Creston B.C., where they took home the top honors and performed at the Vans Warped Tour. After their latest release, they were quickly showcased on the nationally syndicated ‘Budweiser Radio’ hosted by George Stroumboulopulos. Cranston won West 49 and Much Music’s February battle of the bands and are on regular rotation on Sirius Radio as well as being featured in XM Radio, (Radio Unsigned) in January as the only Canadian act on the list. They have opened for MxPx and Headley, the Smalls, I Mother Earth, Treble Charger, Bif Naked, Swollen Members, 54-40, Default, Sweat Shop Union, Wide Mouth Mason and Chixdiggit to name a few. Cranston Foundation also readily donate their talents to charitable functions such as Rock against Racism, Rock for a Cause and the World Trade Centre Relief Benefit.

"...tight, high-energy shows and socially conscious music...Cranston Foundation have combined their punk, rap and dancehall influences in a way that transcends the dated Limp Bizkit
sound of the '90s."
CHART Magazine

“12 tracks of hard chords and smooth grooves augmented with reggae-tinged vocals and psychoanalytical lyrics that probe the brain and elevate the spirit.”
FFWD Weekly

"Once in a while a group comes along and blows your mind with something you don't quite know how to describe but can tell is special. With a unique mixture of melodic reggae, energetic retro-punk and smooth, welcoming hip-hop stylings, the boys put out a sound few can turn away from."
THE GAUNTLET

The entire album resonates with youthful exuberance and creative talent yet untapped as Black and company tear through songs like "Movement Revolution," "Police" and "Loose Cannon."- CHRISTINE LEONARD (FFWD).

www.cranstonfoundation.com

Management by Norm Wilson
Dark Rider Entertainment
norm@cranstonfoundation

Lyrics

Elevate

Written By: Cranston Foundation

Elevate

I’ve been anxious all day
To get on with this night
Cause I’m with my boys
And were feeling alright
So let the night begin
We light’em up my man

I’ve got to say me say let me say that the ladies in this place are blowing me away
There looking fine so heavenly fine
Drop down steady with that bass line
With there moves and there eyes
Hypnosis beauty I have to look twice
Now my boy was mesmerized
They all in his eyes
Cause we be smokin and dancin
Everybody in this place happy and laughin

To my people swaying
We hear what your saying
We have a hype set when were kickin it live
That reminds me of
A 180 bunt slide

Elevated from a mind
Drop down to me one time
I’m driving it home

I’m looking for the green leafy lady
As her dance makes me crazy
Bustin and Breakin
We hype crowd making
Moving suckas aside
Because we don’t like faking

Cause we need you need you want to know
How that lady got so much soul
Music movement
Turn up the lights for the rest of the night

She got the moon in her eyes
Talking about the stars
Lighten up the dark sky

To my people swaying
We hear what your saying

We have a hype set when were kickin it live
That reminds me of
A 180 bunt slide

Elevated from a mind
Drop down to me one time
I’m driving it home

Living out my life
I’ve been out of enough
I’ve been on enough
I use all my own mind sense

Moving in the sun
I’ve been feeling done
I’m on the run
I’m feeling spun
I use all my own defense

To my people swaying
We hear what your saying

We have a hype set when were kickin it live
That reminds me of
A 180 bunt slide

Elevated from a mind
Drop down to me one time
I’m driving it home

Grab yall rum and limes
And cheers to good times

Police

Written By: Cranston Foundation

Police

it was thursday night when it all began
when all the chaos came over these lands
buildings burning, innocent people dying
no time to think just only surviving

I grab my weapon and run to the field
pure adrenaline is all I feel
I see my enemy and his target is me
with the pull of my trigger he falls to his knees

V1
Give More
Don't Take
Stop the Mistake
Hate Fantatics Act irratic
Waiting with their eyes on your front door
And that’s Why!

Ultra Violence
A State of A Nation
Guns And sirens
It's a police invasion

(Repeatx2)

v2
I look up to the sky that's lit up by fire
government overthrown is all I desire
take back the power that’s not rightfully theirs
fuck up bastards this battles declared

many explosions, society is outraged
tear gas and shields are fully engaged
eyes start to burn but I will not fail
for what lies ahead we must prevail

Give More
Don't Take
Stop the Mistake
Hate Fantatics Act irratic
Waiting with their eyes on your front door
And that’s Why!

Ultra Violence
A State of A Nation
Guns And sirens
It's a police invasion

(Repeatx2)

Movement Revolution

Written By: Cranston Foundation

Movement Revolution

Feel the bass pound through place
As we set the pace high
Bright and alive
Like the morning sky’s
Skates they fly through the air
As they thrash and tear
Sisters and Brothers love one another
We got you moving with the movement of the revolution
That be proving shitty music is overdone
We pursuing not losing our imagination
And still groove and schooling all MC that come

We are all alone
Try to hone
But were feeling like it’s all been done
I never know
Set and roll
And I’m feeling like I’m always spun
But sometimes better minds that I wanted to see
But sometimes analyze what you started to be

We got your feelin the vibe we say
Just move and sway as we continue to play
All night and into the brand new day
We’ll part our ways to enjoy the bright sun rays

Feel the bass pound through place
As we set the pace high
Bright and alive
Like the morning skies
Boards that fly through the air
As they thrash and tear
Sisters and Brothers come one another

I set aside
Rocks and Rides
For a different expression side
To only find peace of mind
Lay beneath the threats of all beside
The ones who tried to do what the others have done
So take pride and divide so you never become

We be bring around the TCF
Oh to the people
We be kickin rhythms about respect
Because we are equal
We be bring around the TCF
To all the people
Because we want our life to reflect we good people

Discography

Communicate (July 2005)

Natural Knowledge 2000
Sub.Urban 2002

Set List

Set Time 1 to 2 hours
30 Songs
1 Clash Cover
Rock, Reggae, Punk, Dub