The Crackling are pleased to announce a fall tour kicking off in Kelowna, BC at the Streaming Cafe on October 13th. The band is fronted by Kenton Loewen and next week, he heads on tour as a trio (alongside his bandmates Gordon Grdina and Tyson Naylor) to celebrate their latest EP, “Ashen.”
It’s been a busy summer and fall for The Crackling as the main members of the band support one of Canada’s fastest rising and award-winning songwriters – Dan Mangan. Fresh off their big wins at the West Coast Music Awards (WCMA’s) with Dan Mangan in Regina last week, they are in fine form to hit the road once again.
ABOUT THE ASHEN EP
The Crackling released the Ashen EP, a follow up to their debut album Keep Full Ambitious on May 22, 2012 via Vancouver imprint File Under: Music. This collection of thoughtful, beautiful and previously unreleased recordings acts as the first taste of a full length release expected in 2013.
ASHEN on itunes
The project of Vancouver musician Kenton Loewen, The Crackling hosts a number of guests including the Vancouver Children’s Choir (“Keep Me Drunk”), Dan Mangan (“Ashen”) and a small ensemble of string and horn players led by renowned experimental heavyweight Eyvind Kang (Beck, Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and Blonde Redhead).
In addition to the new material, Ashen includes an unreleased B-side from the Keep Full Ambitious sessions called “Her Body’s In My Arms” and a cover of “Suicide Is Painless”, the all-too familiar theme song from the 1970’s hit movie and television series M*A*S*H. The Crackling resurrect the song’s lesser known lyrics, written by a 14 year old Mike Altman, with intensity and chaotic reverence. The Ashen EP finishes with “I Love You Tonight”, a nostalgic, romantic tale of yearning and times of change.