Colleen Brown organizes the musical pack to form Edmonton supergroup Major Love
Major Love is a fateful fusion of Edmonton musicians Colleen Brown, Jesse and The Dandelions, and Scenic Route to Alaska’s three members. The supergroup takes the best of Brown’s songbird vocals, Scenic Route’s wide-open-road guitar tracks and upbeat drums, melding them with Jesse Northey’s glittery keys.
“I booked a bunch of shows just solo in Germany and the U.K. and right around that same time the Scenic Route to Alaska guys were just doing their first tour out there,” Brown says. “We ended up playing a show together in Shoreditch in London and I think we all looked at each other after the show and were like, ‘We should find a way to work together.’ It just seemed like a really good idea.”
Under normal circumstances, meeting some fellow Canadians or even Edmontonians abroad doesn’t mean your next thought is to jump up and start a band together, but this wasn’t a normal circumstance.
Bonding over pub beers, their shared Edmonton origins, a love for wide-open ‘60s soul recordings and vintage Harmony guitars, the group hit it off and the rest was history.
Only one month later, a full set of bedtracks were recorded in Edmonton’s True North Studios, but Major Love’s debut album wasn’t ready yet.
Recording a full-length of tracks in Edmonton’s True North Studios only a month later in the summer of 2015, the album wasn’t touched again until the winters of 2016 and 2017 after the group played a folk festival in Ontario and met up with songwriter and producer Aaron Goldstein.
Goldstein jumped at recording Major Love in his newly minted studio out east; it was just a happy coincidence Major Love was sitting on a full set of bedtracks and concepts ready to be tweaked.
Soon after, Ontario musician Elijah Abrams (who Brown had been working with on her solo project) joined the force and things finally came together.
One of the benefits of having six members in a group is the amount of contact that equals. Another example of this for Major Love is its yet-to-be-released single “So Good,” which was mixed by gurus of pop-hit creation, Gus van Go and Werner F.
Just when you’d think Major Love’s much anticipated debut album was on the near horizon, the release has been pushed back to summer of 2018 because the band is now in the process of signing to a new label.
Long story short, their much anticipated album for 2018 has been in the works since 2015. But this is how it goes as the unofficial second project for all of Major Love’s members. Getting everyone together with various touring and recording schedules is difficult at best, somewhat like trying to organize an orchestra that happens to play soulful pop-rock.
“It’s not always easy,” Brown laughs. “I’m still figuring out how it’s working, especially with the music industry shifting so much over a short period of time. It’s insane how much change has happened in the music industry especially with releasing albums versus singles or online versus physical. I am just learning to take it as it comes and try to make decisions as we go, to accommodate as much as we can.”
With more shows scheduled in the new year and singles to be trickled out as the months countdown to the new album, Major Love has good things on the way.