One of the benefits in working in this wacky music industry is how many wonderful and talented people I get to meet. One of the most recent examples of this came in a tiny blonde package full of energy and excitement. That blonde was Carol-Lynne Quinn, frontwoman of Rend, a band that you need to learn all about.
I got the chance to see Rend perform live last month during Indie Week right here in Toronto, and I was blown away. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Rend is the new hope for Canadian rock. Carol-Lynne, the frontwoman and also main songwriter, is ably backed by Jordan Dempster (Drums), Jeff Quinn (bass), and Steve Roe (guitar). Together, Rend makes powerful, passionate and pure rock music. While the band is incredible, it’s Carol-Lynne that you can’t take your eyes off of while she’s on stage. From her enviable rockstar hair to her graceful yet commanding movements, she’s got this lead singer thing down to an artform. Carol-Lynne can belt the tunes out with the best of them, but can also turn that powerhouse voice into a seductive drawl that forces an audience to lean in and be totally captivated by her electric stage presence.
Combining blues, a little country and a whole lot of real rock and roll that’s getting harder and harder to find these days, Rend is making the kind of music that I can’t get enough of. And I’m not the only one paying attention. The band won the 2014 Edmonton Music Award (EMA) for Rock Recording of the Year (after four previous nominations for various EMAs), and have aso won the 2014 Rawlco Radio Breakout Artist of the Year Grant, receiving a cash prize to put towards their musical endeavors). Their list of tourmates reads like a who’s who of the Canadian Music Scene, with Rend sharing the stage with Mother Mother, City and Colour, and Dear Rouge. They’ve also played in support of rock royalty Weezer. The band just came off a Western Canada tour supporting their latest EP Winter to Summer, a beautiful album about change, growth and new beginnings, something any of us an relate to. Here’s hoping we can see them again on the East side soon, because I need to watch them rock another epic Led Zeppelin cover before I leave this earth.
Take a listen below to my chat with Rend, check out photos from their Indie Week appearance in Toronto, and make sure to check them out online at http://rend-music.com/.
*photos by Nadia Elkharadly