Having mastered the strikingly rare ability to craft genuine yet substantial music, The Canvas Waiting has garnered a host of loyal fans since their formation in 2005. With their first release, In Search of Beginnings, the passion and talent of singer Nathan Medina was undeniable and captivated audiences both on the album and through his convincing live performances. With the addition of Josh Rodgers on drums, Colin Campbell on guitar, and Chris Applegate on bass, the group’s sound has matured into a collection of reflective and unforgettable melodies rooted in intelligent songwriting.
For fans, The Canvas Waiting’s lyrics and themes, both deeply personal and universal, are the backbones of what separate their music from the current industry standard. Their second release in March of 2009, A Seasons Change, more than met these high expectations, giving listeners a platform to contemplate loss and growth. With this album’s unforgettable guitar riffs and driving sound, they were able to expand to reach a much broader audience than their Texas home.
The concept and music for their newest release, Chasing Color, began taking shape over a year ago and represents the band’s observations and experiences during that time. Beginning in March of this year, the album began to truly solidify with the help of Grammy-winning producer Stephen Short (Augustana, Camera Can’t Lie). After months of refining and honing the message of each song, the band spent a week with Short at Sonic Ranch Studios in West Texas. Upon returning home, they enlisted the help of Austin-based producer CJ Eiriksson (U2, Matchbox 20, Blue October) to co-produce and mix the record.
If A Seasons Change set the standard of intensity and depth that this band is capable of achieving, Chasing Color certainly surpasses that. With rich layers and intricate melodies, they have mastered the art of creating something that sounds both immense and accessible, giving listeners the sense that they are experiencing rather than just listening. This album is a truly relatable testament to the human condition, tackling elements of being together, being apart, and the search for joy in an imperfect world.
"Their scope and vision transcend their humble surroundings."
-James Ding, Absolute Punk-
"Passion and energy run deep and steadily throughout the entire album."
"In a time when I so easily review a CD and then pass is along or let it sit on my shelf, I have decided that this one will actually be ripped to my computer and added to my CD wallet."
-Eric Pettersson, www.IndieVisionMusic.com-
"Track after track of this seven song E.P. is filled with melodic rock and pop sensibility without ever compromising intelligent songwriting."
-Matt Conner, CCM Magazine-