When I received the email, simply titled “Anxiety”, I was a little hesitant to open it. Generally speaking, it is hard to catch my attention when I am flooded with email, but something compelled me to open this one and I am thankful I did. The band, 1971, has been going through quite some serious challenges in the past year and decided that this track, “Anxiety”, and a couple others will be their last. Due to the untimely passing of their friend, bassist and founding member, Cameron Cranston, back in February, the Winnipeg-based group decided that it would be impossible to carry on without their brother.
“’Anxiety (In the Depths of Northwestern Ontario)’ was written for Cam in 2016 during a really difficult period while Cam was still around. We’re glad we have “his” song, even though it’s hard to listen to sometimes,” 1971 confessed.
The heartbreaking track is filled with dark, brooding themes that starts out more alternative rock than their natural genre of post-punk, but the essence and heart-wrenching truth is layered deep in the haunting, stinging guitar and the yearning, painfully raw vocals. As the track builds, the true nature and frenetic pace of the percussion and guitars capture the desperation and darkness.
While Cameron Cranston is no longer in this world, his legacy continues to live on with “Anxiety (In the Depths of Northwestern Ontario)” and the release of the final EP, No Matter Where You Go, There You Are. The remaining band member of 1971 have found a wonderful way to honor their fallen friend. It is a fitting and beautiful end.
The final EP, No Matter Where You Go, There You Are, featuring “Anxiety (In The Depths of Northwestern Ontario)” by 1971 is now available on cassette and 7″ vinyl through Art of the Uncarved Block and more traditionally on BandCamp. And do not forget to check out the video for the track below.
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