Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Commoners Will See You Again This Summer

Canadian roots and rock band The Commoners return to the UK this July for their Summer 2024 UK Tour that will see them touring the UK with festival and club dates from the 19th through to the 28th of that month, and rather aptly they have a new single out entitled ‘See You Again’.

The song, goes beyond being a reminder for the band’s growing legion of British fans however, though it does have some bearing on happenings on these shores. The new single is a tribute to the father of Commoners drummer Adam Cannon, who passed away when the band were on tour here in 2023.

“We were in Sheffield when we received the news,” remembered Commoners lead singer, Chris Medhurst.  “Halfway through our first UK tour, Adam was faced with the impossible decision if he should fly back to Canada to be with his father in his final moments. Greg, being a drummer himself, wanted nothing more than for Adam to keep going and make the family name proud. But the decision still weighed heavily on Adam and the band, as nothing felt like the right path forward.”

“A couple of days later in Birmingham, the decision was made for us. We played for Greg that night and have continued to do so every night since.” As someone who witnessed that show, this reporter can vouch that they did Greg Cannon proud.

‘See You Again’ is a song inspired by and dedicated to Greg,” continued Medhurst. “It’s also a message that each of us has been able to contextualise within our own lives, honouring the memory of people we’ve loved and lost. It’s a tribute that stretches across the sands of time as an ode to those who are no longer with us. We hope fans enjoy it and that it will resonate with those who have experienced loss in their lifetime.”

See You Again’ is a roots based ballad, of the sort The Commoners do well, but less intense in its delivery, more thoughtful both played and sung in contemplation with genuine affection.

It’s the fourth single taken from their forthcoming third studio album, Restless, out on Gypsy Soul Records come Friday 5th July, is available on all major streaming platforms here, you can check out a video of the song here at RAMzine

The band’s aforementioned summer jaunt kicks off with a performance at London’s The Grace (19th July), followed by Maid of Stone Festival (20th July). The band will then play various club dates in Milton Keynes’ Crauford Arms (21st July), Newbury’s Arlington Arts Centre (24th July), Manchester’s Night & Day Café (25th July), Edinburgh’s The Caves (26th July), Leeds’ Belgrave Music Hall (27th July), and finishing off at Steelhouse Festival (28th July).

Tickets are currently available via PlanetRock.com, The Commoners’s website and alttickets.com.

The band has been riding high on Planet Rock Radio with ‘The Way I Am’ and ‘Devil ‘Teasin Me’ having been on heavy rotation. Both songs are taken from  Restless, that you can read about at RAMzine here.

Restless can be ordered here.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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