The band crafts pensive, melancholy canvases with simple strokes, giving as much musical space folky instruments like lap steel, harmonica, and accordion as to their assorted guitars, eclectic percussion, and electric piano. The music is poignantly beautiful, loaded with raw emotions and empty of rock 'n' roll pretensions. Says the Washington Post, "This is one of the best bands I've seen in the last 10 years. And I'm not just talking local. I'm talking on any and every level, they are one of the greatest bands I have ever witnessed.” RELEASES: Empty Rooms (CD/LP) Lap steel, Hammond organ, harmonica, accordion, and psychedelic guitars are not something you tend to expect from a band based in Washington, D.C., yet the unique sound of CANYON could not have been grown anywhere else.
The band formed in the fall of 1999 when Brandon Butler and Joe Winkle (formerly of BOYS LIFE) and Dave Bryson of BLUETIP joined up with Evan Berodt and Derry DeBorja in an attempt to do something more than anything they had done in the past. With subtle winks and nods towards early PINK FLOYD and 1970s-era Neil Young, Empty Rooms evokes a giant cinematic background with earnest, direct songwriting in the middle. (self-titled) (CD) The predecessor to Empty Rooms, CANYON's self-titled debut puts some of the pushpins on the map as to the roads they went down to get to where they are today. Originally released on Slowdime Records, the reissue features brand new & improved artwork and packaging. Similar to Empty Rooms, but decidedly more understated, the band stumble through the hazy back roads lit by slide and lap steel guitars, accordian, fender rhodes, harmonium and friends.
Recorded and mixed by Nate, Seb and Phil from TRANS AM in the summer of 2001, the overall feel is one of long nights, mile-high days and missed mornings. Note: the album 'Radio Romance' is by completely different 1980's group with the shared name Canyon. The album of dog songs is an erroneous entry and is not related to Canyon. These will hopefully be fixed in the future when the musicbrainz implementation is complete. 2) Canyon is a band from Volendam, the Netherlands, Jaap Veerman, vocals and guitar Klaas Tuip, drums Dick Plat, keyboards en accordion the group was founded in 1977, lead singer at the time was Theo Scherpenseel. due to his occupation as a teacher and the amount of work he left the band and was replaced by Jaap Veerman. Soon they issued their first records which reached the 'Tipparade' Noticeable fact is the group made music in Dutch language in an era in which it was very hard to gain airplay for that kind of music.
Canyon paved the way for other local groups with the same kind of repertoire in the following years. In the summer of 1983 the band scored it's sole top 40 hit "Als ik maar bij jou ben" the most played hit of that year. In 1981 a single named Mooi Volendam (beautiful Volendam) was issued, not a commercial succes, but despite that it became an evergreen in the local area and brought the band to the attention of a larger audience. In the same year an album was issued, named "Een beetje alleen". (a bit lonely) Beside this record 11 singles were issued through the years. Klaas Tuip and dick Plat left the band and were replaced by other members. Jaap Veerman then led the band up to the year 2000 in which a tragic event forced him to disband. In 2007 he returned to the stage as a solo performer. Read more on Last.fm.
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