Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. The All Canadian Soundclash loves to harness that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since a young age, Andrew Michelin has found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process. That is the reason Andrew Michelin has created and released this stunning collection of songs to the world with this, his debut full length album “Better late than never”, and it means just that.
After a long departure from the music scene because of seeking out other creative outlets throughout the years, Andrew is back with his first professional studio recording produced by Award winning Producer & Musician Dale Murray. Dale comes from Canadian musical royalty as being the nephew of the iconic Canadian Singer Anne Murray and has also proven himself to be one of the most talented and versatile musicians on the Canadian music scene. After releasing his debut album Brighter Lives, Darker Side and spending seven years backing some of Canada’s greatest talents (Hayden, Cuff The Duke, Joel Plaskett, Buck 65, Christina Martin, Matt Mays) in the studio and on the road, Dale, Andrew and talented drummer Jordi Comstock have proven to be quite the musical powerhouse.
The first single off the album is “She won’t play your game” an upbeat number with a steady rhythm section that automatically entrances the listener and fuels the song along like a steady freight train. The meaning behind the song is simple. When two soulmates come together in love there is no looking back, no playing games and no worries that one partner will cheat on the other. You can rest assure that your lover is yours and will never do anything to jeopardize the relationship. The song is a call out to those who think they can steal your love.
The All Canadian Soundclash is a musical recording project from singer and songwriter Andrew Michelin of Ottawa, Ontario Canada which spotlights the best in original indie folk and alternative rock n’ roll through well crafted song writing and live performance. Michelin tries to take a less is more philosophy when it comes to creating his music which is steeped in melodic traditions that can be traced directly back to The Beatles. This helps make the songs accessible and radio friendly and Andrew Michelin understands both the importance of structure and the desirability of pop hooks and repeatedly he delivers both.
In the early 90’s while still in high school, Andrew was the lead singer of the alternative band Bufflehead which were very involved in the Ottawa music scene and subsequently throughout Ontario and beyond. Bufflehead and other local bands began organizing their own shows and booking bands to play on the bill with them. They organized shows with bands such as The Gandharva’s, Furnaceface, The Doughboys, Illegal Jazz Poets and Black Triangle just to name a few.
Songwriting runs deep in Michelin’s family. His grandfather Stewart also wrote songs, but not for any notoriety or career path. It was for fun. It was a game. It was competition. Andrew Michelin’s grandfather was one of the last generations of Indigenous trappers in northern Canada that still worked and traded with the Hudson’s Bay Company. While out in the wilderness for weeks at a time in isolation each trapper would write a song and when they all came home they would show off their songs to one another to see who wrote the best one. Andrew’s grandfather did write one of the best songs on one of his trips and that song “The Grand River Song” has been recorded and performed by numerous musicians to this day in Canada.