PLAYING THEIR DISTINCTLY VERSATILE ROCK, Air Marshal Landing’s quirky pop sensibilities teach their fans that it really is a good idea to grab your two best friends and start a band together.
Their three-piece, but more like 10-instrument, family of clever songwriting and tight musicality displays an ability to write across a variety of genres while maintaining a sound that is uniquely theirs.
The Canadian band is more like a brotherhood now, but the group was initially formed in sections. Matt Simmonds (bass, keys, vocals, guitars) and Cory Adrian (guitars, vocals, bass) met as young teens through their church in Uxbridge, Ontario and honed their songwriting skills together, playing in various bands along the way. Graham Drummond (drums, synth, percussion), originally from Waterdown, ON, grew up drumming in screamo bands before meeting Matt at The University of Western Ontario and enduring calculus together.
Matt took the big step and brought Graham home to meet Cory in the summer of 2008 and after a short jam, they quickly discovered that the music they made together, well, worked.
And it has been working ever since, landing them spots in IndieWeek Canada and, most recently, Canadian Music Week. They are being recognized by their peers and playing alongside well-established bands like Whosarmy and Hey Ocean. The guys of AML have had some quick successes and it doesn’t seem like they are headed anywhere but up.
Their recordings refuse to abide by any one genre’s rules, offering a spectrum of sounds while holding onto the band’s consistently bright, thoughtful, and layered style. Oh, and they’re also fun.
Matt, Cory, and Graham are simply infectious (think less like a disease and more like contagious laughter). Whether they’re filming dramatic storytelling with Scottish accents or making cheeky comments to the audience, their fans are always in on the joke, like an ever-welcome club that anyone who hears about wants to be a part of. Just watch one of their “Tender Moments” videos and you’ll catch the drift.
The three-piece is dripping with possibilities as fans old and new support AML’s growth with big shows, anticipated releases, and the tenderest of moments.
Air Marshal Landing’s new EP Vitamins (June 19) is available as a pay-what-you-want digital download through Bandcamp. The band's 2009 EP The Industry and single “Bourgeoisie” are both currently available through iTunes.