The All Canadian Soundclash aim high with their uplifting new single and video Raise Me High — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“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,” says Andrew Michelin, frontman and composer for the Ottawa folk-rockers. “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 on The All Canadian Soundclash’s sonic offering, 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 says. “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 continues. “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’s recent self-titled EP 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, N.S. Murray also provided guitars, percussion and backing vocals on the release, with Jordi Comstock on drums.