One of the best things about being an entertainment writer is getting to hear new bands.
One of the groups I got to meet during Credit Union Music P.E.I. Week last January was Royal North.
The up-and-coming band consists of Chris Dalziel, Brady MacDonald, Donovan Morgan, Craig MacDonald and Jordan Walsh.
And boy, can they deliver a powerful sound.
They were part of Friday Night Live, the rock showcase at Hunter’s Ale House in Charlottetown. That night they shared the stage with other rockers like Stabbing Joy and Calm Baretta.
Since January, things have been picking up for the band. Members have joined forces with Skware Eyes Collaborative, out of Burlington, Ont. They are now working with a new manager, Rian Malloch.
“He believes in us and what we do. And his work is making life a lot easier for us,” Dalziel tells me.
For instance, after listening to “Leave the Light On”, Malloch encouraged them to rework it.
“Rian really liked the song. He wanted another set of ears on it, to see what different sounds could be pulled on it.”
That’s where P.E.I. producer Colin Buchanan came in. He gave the song a new direction, shortening it up for radio play.
Then, after a few finishing touches it was re-released to iTunes and 200 plus radio stations across Canada last Friday.
Turns out that their manager’s instincts were right.
“Leave the Light On” spent an entire week in the top 200 rock songs on iTunes and peaked at #7, sharing a chart with bands like Greta Van Fleet, Three Days Grace and Led Zeppelin. The song was also streamed over 10,000 times in the first week.
“That’s a phenomenal number for a band from P.E.I.!” states Malloch in an email to me on Friday.
He had some other good news to share.
In the next few months band members will be writing new music with John Angus MacDonald from The Trews. And, a new single will be released in early summer.
Also, because of the success of “Leave the Light On”, the band will be touring all summer. This includes an eastern Canadian tour in June.
The single is about going through life with issues and learning how to deal with them. And it encourages people to hang in there.
“It’s about knowing that there’s a light on the other side and knowing you’re not alone,” says Dalziel, frontman for the band.
The song’s positive energy will buoy the band members as they head out in June for the Sound of Music Fest in Burlington and in July at the Vancouver Island Music Festival.
And Daziel is hoping that touring will add to the band’s fan base.
“It would be nice if people came up to us and say, ‘hey, I’ve heard you on the radio’ or ‘I’m on your Facebook page” or ‘I’m following you on Twitter or Instagram’ because that’s really what it’s all about now.
“And the whole charting on iTunes just helps to push it even further.”
Keeping in touch
- Website: Go to http://theroyalnorth.com/.
- Facebook: Go https://www.facebook.com/theroyalnorthband/
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Sally Cole is an entertainment writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at sally.cole@TheGuardian.pe.ca or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.