Small Town Lungs is a five-piece indie pop-rock band from Whitby. They took their talents to Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in the Music Industry Arts program. Now, the band is a finalists in the Edge Next Big Thing.
Small Town Lungs has a creative style that uses harmonies, percussion and an eclectic form of sound to create their music. The style is an inspiring way to show off their passion for music. “It wasn’t much of a choice for the genre we play,” said lead singer Tom Meikle. “Once everyone brought in different influences from various genres, our music has drastically changed since then.”
Since the band’s formation, they’ve released two singles “Scavenger” and “Golden Thread”. All members of Small Town Lungs play various instruments, and also take turns at lending their voice to the songs. One of their inspirations they are most endeared to is the cinema. “Movies are a big thing for us. Structuring songs is like making a film that has a beginning, middle, and end. It’s a good way for bands or artists to push boundaries and take on a challenge like that,” said bass player Jason Baum.
Their musical influences range from alt-J to Royal Canoe but it’s their excitement and dedication that really inspires them to create. However, as in any musical relationship, there comes challenges but Small Town Lungs have faced them head on. “Prioritizing was the biggest challenge for us at the start,” said drummer Zack Cockburn. “Once things came together for us, we we’re able to give up certain things to be together as a band, and make music. Making some sacrifices for something you’re passionate about is true dedication.”
Small Town Lungs, along with five other incredible bands across the province, made it to the Edge Next Big Thing final six. The group is overwhelmed but with the band’s consistent effort and support, it’s been an inspiring process for the group. “We are pushing ourselves musically,” said lead guitarist Rowan Grice. “Different things are happening for us and the Next Big Thing is a perfect way to show off what we can do!”
For more information, go to: https://smalltownlungs.bandcamp.com/
Tom Meikle (vocals/guitar)
Rowan Grice (guitars/vocals/synthesizer)
Kory Ross (guitar/keyboard/percussion)
Jason Baum (bass/vocals/synthesizer)
Zack Cockburn (drums/vocals)