Here: Jon and Roy tap into their true nature with new album

Victoria band supports new release with dance party at Capital Ballroom on April 5

By Rae Porter

Monday Magazine contributor

There a few things in Victoria that herald the coming spring; downtown streets lined with cherry blossoms, groups of friends bundled up on patios enjoying the warming sunshine (and surprise rain showers) and, of course, new music from old favourites.

As February turns into March, Jon Middleton and Roy Vizer release their eighth studio album, Here; an assured collection of nine brand new songs that touch upon themes of love, presence, hardship and joy.

“To me, this album is something special,” says Middleton. “It contains all the elements that I hold dear about this band and it feels free to me; as true an expression of our music as we’ve ever created.”

Here is Jon and Roy at their best.

The title track is melodic and thoughtful, it’s lyricism gently weaving a sense of contentment for the listener. The first single released “Where Has My Love Gone” is raw with the impassioned emotion of Middleton’s vocals, complemented perfectly by Vizer’s stripped-back percussion. This sweet melancholy is balanced perfectly with more uplifting tracks; the buoyant, horn-filled “Headstrong” and “Seven Colts” being particular stand outs.

Of course, with a new album comes new live dates, and the boys are not slacking. The band cap off a month-long European tour with two sure-to-blow-the-roof-off homecoming shows at the Capital Ballroom here in Victoria and Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom, April 5 and 6, respectively.

“It’s been two years since we’ve done a hometown show in Victoria where our fans could move and dance,” Middleton says, “And for this reason we are extra excited to play Capital Ballroom again.”

Lending support for both shows will be the electrifying, unmissable Old Soul Rebel, with the folksy stylings of Carmanah joining them at the Commodore, a stage the band are also itching to return to. “The Commodore holds a special place in our musical memories,” Middleton shares, “I remember Roy and I being there about 14 years ago and saying, ‘one day we will headline this venue’ and last year that dream came true! And we sold it out, which blew our minds.”

With Here, Jon and Roy have the listener fall for their everyman charm once again, reminding us all of the simple joys found in living. It’s a welcome return.

Tickets for Jon and Roy at the Capital Ballroom on April 5 are available online at ticketrocket.co and in person at Lyle’s Place.



editor@mondaymag.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

So, they found ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’

Dave Tryon, now 72, will reunite with long-ago travelling friends in Monterrey, Calif.

Vancouver Islander pens Mourning Has Broken following death of her daughter

Book by radio host Erin Davis gives advice to others struggling with grief

Volunteers already rescuing fry from drying creekbeds around Cowichan Lake

It’s early but already salmon fry are being left high and dry

Oak Bay researcher’s Canadian English dictionary goes to print

How an unknown American hobbyist sparked a Canadian dictionary

RCMP respond to complaints of animals in hot vehicles or needing water

Police warn of animal cruelty charges but caution against taking the law into your own hands

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head

Animal is believed to have been killed somewhere between Ucluelet and Tofino

Woman assaulted at Bill Moore Park in Courtenay

Female grabbed from behind Thursday morning

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Vancouver woman sexually assaulted after man follows her home; suspect at large

Police are looking for an Asian man in his 40s after the incident on Vancouver’s east side.

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

More than half of Canadians support ban on handguns, assault rifles: study

Divide between rural and urban respondents in latest Angus Reid Institute public opinion study

Most Read