The Canons

The Canons

BandAlternativeRock

Loud and more obnoxious on stage than in studio. We like the Replacements, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath and the Pixies a lot......alhtough it's debateable whether we sound like any of them.

Biography

Extraterrestrials and Tribulations

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that, “In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day…” In a matter of fact way he reduced one of the sinister complexities of life to simple terms and revealed a greater universal truth. In the same way, the best rock n’ roll has chronicled the same po-faced theme in short two and a half minute sonic blasts. Johnny Cash made a career out of it and so did Joe Strummer. Enter the Canons to take this subject matter to another level for a whole new time; it comes through in their lyrics, in their live shows and particularly on their latest album, The Bitter End of Man. As the title infers, the record is concise in its presentation yet sprawling in its scope. Consequently the band traverses even darker territory than their significant progenitors did. It’s the smell of stale smoke, piss and decay, which permeates the layers of the Canons’ particular brand of music and the unique world they bring to life. No surprise that the band once made their home in a run down flop-house on the wrong side of the tracks.

The Canons’ music itself covers a lot of the same gritty territory; from straight ahead rock to post-punk: Indolent rhythms, beer soaked harmonies and seasonally affected vocals - an aural salvo similarly employed by bands such as Pavement and The Replacements. As well, conspicuously present in the mix is the proto-punk of the Pixies and the cartoon humour of the Ramones, (with just a dash of Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd)- bands that inspired The Canon’s darker song writing impulses and tendencies toward concept pieces filled with seedy tales of emotional impairment, extraterrestrials, Heaven and Hell. The quartet's guitar/vocal/bass/drums line-up is relentlessly intense and vibrant; as adept at playing dark discordant bursts as they are at melodic pop songs.

Formed in London, Ontario in 2003 by ex-members of Two-Minute Miracles and the Mike Clive Foundation, The Canons independently released their first two EP’s in May 2005, Vices and Death and Love, followed by their first full length album The Bitter End of Man in 2006. These represent only a fraction of the huge catalogue of original material the band has amassed during their three years of existence.

Lyrics

God of Wrong

Written By: C. Corneil/The Canons

Back in the old days / we had real ways / milk and honey / we had plenty

Now the crops have died and withered.... / it hasn't rained for years and months / Dark clouds hide the sun / Oh we need someone

I've a notion / i've a vision / for our future / for our fortune

We need to find a pureblood / somebody quick / gather them up
We're going to resurrect the old one they called.....

The God of Wrong

Hey there soldier / wander over / we're gonna make you a saviour / you're gonna do us a favour

Now quit the inner chamber / you've seen enough.... / now move along / Go prepare the virgins and carry them off to.....

The God of Wrong

Now we're tree lined / Now there's sunshine / Now we answer to.....

The God of Wrong

Down From Above

Written By: C. Corneil/The Canons

I've got my ass on backwards / my head on tight / I got my mouth sewn shut in the middle of the night

And it's a crazy little thing / And they come down from above

They spent some hours waiting / and when they came / They took me out of my bed and up through the rain

And it's a crazy little thing / And they come down from above / It's a crazy little thing / when they come down from above

I listen not with ears / but with my brain / They told me fortunes are going to change and they are / gonna change

With a little help from above

On the following morning / I thought and felt / There was nowhere I could turn, no-one I could tell

Cause it's a crazy little thing / And they come down from above / It's a crazy little thing / when they come down from above

So when they take me now / I am not scared / I've made my peace with them / I learn from them

And it's a crazy little thing / And they come down from above / It's a crazy little thing / when they come down from above

Hang-Up

Written By: C. Corneil/The Canons

I feel it coming in the breeze / I feel it coming in the night / I've heard it prowl around my door / I feel that something isn't right

I feel that something is not right

When I'm alone / all I do is phone / everyone I know / and hang up

This is the will of Julienne / Some final words for my few friends / You can divide up all my shit / Take what you like from amongst it

I will not ever need of it

When I'm alone / all I do is phone / everyone I know / and hang up

Now I'm alone / cause all I did was phone / everyone I know and hang up.

Discography

Vices - EP - 2004
Death and Love - EP - 2004
The Bitter End of Man - LP - 2006

Set List

No covers - All original. Anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the gig.