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“Americana – with Canadian style!” is how this band likes to describe their brand of music.
After 3 years as indie rockers, the members of the former Kinnexa Cross band were at a crossroads; they had won or been finalists in a number of rock competitions, sold about 500 copies of the first CD, and played everywhere they could, but they were working insanely hard and going nowhere. Plus ongoing lineup changes, particularly with drummers and regular criticism for their high energy – but high volume – show were killing their ability to grow and attract a larger fanbase.
But, when life gives you lemons… well, this band really did make lemonade; with the departure of their lead guitarist, the amazingly talented rhythm guitarist Mark Paré stepped up to lead and brought his own uniquely spare, rootsy, rhythmic sound to the band’s guitar-driven music. The band found themselves pulled in a new direction towards a less aggressive sound and towards original music that had wide appeal and was perfectly suited to Kinnexa’s vocal style. With the style and sound change, came a name and brand change as well, and out of the ashes of the KC band, “Northlander” was born. Northlander was reasonably successful, released an EP and achieved #1 ranking on the Reverbnation global chart for a period of time, but again, ongoing lineup changes and the decline of the Ottawa original music scene presented huge challenges.
So after being together for 7 years, we have decided to branch out into a couple of different areas - and Naked Jane is our Americana cover band. Want to dance? Party? Have fun? We play beloved songs ranging from Elvis Presley to the
Decemberists - and we make sure our audience has a great time!