Album Review: Plaid on Flannel – Rising Above

Plaid on Flannel
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Plaid on Flannel is the brainchild of Peterborough-born musician Nolan Randall. A former member of High Waters Band, Plaid on Flannel was Randall’s side project since 2011, with a couple independent releases, but after moving to Toronto in 2013, Randall decided to fully commit, bringing on a proper band.

Plaid on Flannel - Rising AboveThe change has done a lot of good, bringing a playful funk twist to Randall’s blues-rock songs, and filling out the sonic textures with a female backup singer, keyboardist Jen Doyon—which, at the band’s best and most intense, lends the music a Mother Mother-esque flair.

Plaid on Flannel’s latest is Rising Above, a collection of seven quirky and soulful tracks. Most tracks live in an easy, if not particularly distinctive, mid-tempo groove, but it’s when the band steps things up that things really click—like on the driving title track, the unexpected historical epic “Siege of Megiddo,” or the banging “Feeling No Regrets.”



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Plaid on Flannel’s Rising Above is available for purchase on iTunes.

 

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Gabe Pollock

Gabe Pollock

Gabe Pollock is Editor-in-Chief and co-Publisher of Electric City Magazine. He is a Peterborough-born freelance writer and editor who has covered Peterborough music and culture since 2012, first on Electric City Live and now in its magaziney successor.