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It's pedal-to-the-metal for The Noolands' recent release, 'Us on a Bus'

The band will play The Foxx Lounge this weekend and a date at Kempenfest on the August long weekend
The Noolands are going to be busy all summer (Photo contributed)

The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round, and so it remains for local band The Noolands. Aaron Casey, Brandon Davenport, James and Jon Laxton are working to put some oomph behind their most recent extended play Us on a Bus with a summer tour that will take them to Toronto, Sudbury and Ottawa, sandwiched (pardon the pun) between a performance this Saturday at The Foxx Lounge on Dunlop, and a date at Kempenfest on the August long weekend.

The boys tell BarrieToday it’s been pedal-to-the-metal since the EP was released.

“It’s amazing to have people come and say to us ‘I love your new song’ and hear them sing the words at a show… that will never ever get old. The thing is, when we’re writing and recording new music, cooped up in the studio and in our own heads, it’s sometimes hard to see where everything is going to end up. The band really put it all on the line when we released this new EP and looking back, we couldn’t have imagined the progress our band has made!”

Indeed, the single Loosey Goosey is gathering astonishing radio airplay, and the band says, “Everyone loves the new music video! Us on a Bus has definitely grabbed the attention of industry folks who are hungry for the raw unpolished rock and roll sound.”

Kempenfest is being circled by the band in big, red letters.

“We’ve played many hometown festivals over the years, but this is the first time we’re taking the stage at Kempenfest and we’re super excited! Out of the blue, they sent us a message before the summer asking us if we could play and we said ‘yes’ right away! We’ve all lived in Barrie for a long time so we’re always venturing out to Kempenfest and this year will be extra awesome! We hit the main stage at 1:40 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6.”

A third album hasn’t been announced, but with the band’s creative fertility, and songs popping up everywhere… well, don’t rule it out!

“It’s actually very hard for us not to spend our entire band practice writing new songs; it’s just something that happens when we get together. We haven’t stopped writing since the day we started and it’s safe to say we have enough new material for an album and then some!”

“There’s been many late night discussions downtown about what we’re going to do next and there’s a lot of incredible people who’d like to be a part of it. We’re still catching up with the momentum of our new EP Us on a Bus, but we can feel the itch to record creeping up…

Nor, they acknowledge, have they done it alone.

“The people who gave us a chance when we were starting out are the same people we work with today. Our manager Joshua Doerksen helped us get into the studio to record our first tracks and is always keeping us headed in the right direction. Our producer Shane Heath helped us find our sound and provides us with space to write and record our music.

“There’s also so many amazing artists and bands that never fail to have our back like Edward Sayers, David Dino White, Cousin Jack, Rue Bella, An Ostriches Hypothesis, The Mystics, The Dropups, Buzz Deluxe and Naked Wild.”

And, before they forget…

"Also, we'd like to thank Bruce Elrod, Doug Stroud, Sandy Graham and all the other amazing folks at CashBox."

Fans and would-be fans can find out more about The Noolands and Us on a Bus by clicking here.


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Glenn Wilkins, in a 30-year media career, has written for print and electronic media, as well as for TV and radio. Glenn has two books under his belt, profiling Canadian actors on Broadway and NHL coaches.
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