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The Commoners

Posted by Jay . on 2017/08/14

The Commoners will be featured at 94.9 The Rock's Generation Next Live, at the Phoenix on August 26th, 2017 - Click here for details.

With blazing leads, soulful harmonies, indelible melodies, and driving, powerful rhythms, the Commoners are anything but your typical Toronto rock quartet, and they’re setting out to prove it. The Commoners are a rock and roll workhorse, exemplified by their debut LP No Stranger, funded by FACTOR. Released in August of 2016, the eight-track record dropped along a sold out show at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Months after its release, No Stranger continues to succeed, hitting number one on the Spotify “Rock Your Block” playlist, the album’s lead single “Walkin’ South” garnering 60k spins and counting, and hitting number two on Alan Cross’s Top 11 playlist.

Their journey began in 2009 when singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Medhurst met up with lead guitarist Ross Hayes Citrullo. Solidified by Chris’s folk-inspired songwriting and the edge of Ross’s commanding, heavy leads, the two quickly bonded, finding unity in their individual styles and meeting at the junction of roots rock and alternative pop. In 2013, the two joined forces with bassist and keyboardist Ben Spiller and Geoff Bruce, a Humber College Jazz percussionist, and from the newly formed four-piece came the Commoners. It was then that their sound truly began to come into itself.

Drawing inspiration from the soft blues of artists like John Mayer and riff-rich classic rockers like Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes, the Commoners distinguish themselves with tight instrumentation, mesmerizing energy, and undeniably infectious songwriting. All of these elements combine across the Commoners’ discography, starting first on their 2015 EP Streetlights and onto No Stranger.

Along with the “Walkin’ South” music video and a featured spot in the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, The Commoners continue to charge forward with a humble confidence, true to their name. Keep your eyes on the Commoners and experience one of the most exciting up-and-coming rock bands for yourself.

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