Bio

Plaid On Flannel is a soulful hard rock and roll band from Toronto that plays with intensity, subtlety, and everything in between. The 4-piece have a wide range of influences that includes Funk, Blues, Metal, Prog Rock, & Alternative. Nolan Randall on vocals and guitar, Les Cassling on bass, Jen Doyon on keyboards and vocals, and Minas Hatzigiannatzoglou on drums completes the current lineup. With emphasis on musicianship and melody, Plaid On Flannel’s live show is filled with improvisation and memorable hooks. The band formed in early 2014 after Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Randall recorded 2 original albums entirely by himself from 2011-2013. The band have come out with 2 EPs since then.

Plaid on Flannel at The Cage in Toronto, May 31, 2015

Plaid on Flannel at The Cage in Toronto, May 31, 2015 (Photo by Trish Cassling)

The Whole Story

Early Nolan

Early Nolan

Plaid On Flannel started in the summer of 2011 in Peterborough, ON. Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Nolan Randall began recording music he had written over the years on Apple’s GarageBand while playing gigs with Peterborough’s High Waters Band. In July of 2012, Plaid On Flannel’s debut album “Fairbairn Meadows” was self-released to the public. With songs like “Major Minor”, “Full Moon Light”, and the lead single “Potential”, the 12-track album proved to have a diverse sound, with emphasis on guitar and hard rock elements.

After a trip to a music symposium called I.M.S. in California to perform and promote the album, Randall returned to Canada to record Plaid On Flannel’s 2nd album with a slew of new songs written. Focusing primarily on recording music and performing with High Waters Band, Randall finished the second album by the next year. “Mission Of Mercy” was self-released in May of 2013. The 20-track album contains nearly 80 minutes of music, and features a more straight forward hard rock sound. Mission Of Mercy is available here… https://plaidonflannel.bandcamp.com/album/mission-of-mercy Randall registered all of his works with SOCAN and songs like “Emergency”, “The Rambler”, and “Competition” received radio play in different parts of the globe. In September of 2013, Randall left High Waters Band and relocated to Toronto, ON to study music and perform. That fall, he upgraded his recording software to Logic Pro X and began composing music unrelated to Plaid On Flannel.

Early Plaid on Flannel

Early Plaid on Flannel

In early 2014, Randall decided it was time to make Plaid On Flannel a real band. After meeting through an internet advertisement, he started jamming with bassist Les Cassling and drummer Adi Taylor. The funk-style musicians were the rhythm section in a band called the Potato Boat Whores years before and were eager to start playing music again. Randall recorded more for Plaid On Flannel in early to mid 2014. “Something On Your Mind” came out in April and a Neil Young double cover of both “Ohio” and “Southern Man” followed in June. The 2014 songs are available here… https://plaidonflannel.bandcamp.com/album/something-on-your-mind-single Throughout 2014, the band played Toronto venues like The El Mocambo, Rancho Relaxo and Cherry Cola’s.

In early 2015, the band welcomed on keyboards and backing vocals Jen Doyon (Em Jay)  who was previously in Calgary-based band Resurrection Joe and Vancouver’s East Vamps, The Manglers and her own projects prior. In the Spring of 2015, the group welcomed in new drummer Minas Hatzigiannatzoglou who, having worked in many Toronto outfits over the years, has a musical resume as impressive as his name.

Band Members
Photos courtesy of Rudi Jock

2015 saw the release of Randall’s 3rd full length album “Primitive Normative” under the name Plaid On Randall. The name was changed as it’s only Nolan and does not feature the other members of Plaid On Flannel. The concept album has 15 tracks and is available here…  https://plaidonflannel.bandcamp.com/album/primitive-normative

The band recorded their debut EP titled Rising Above in late 2015 and released it in May of 2016 at the Opera House in Toronto. The 6-song EP features stand-out tracks “Feeling No Regrets” and “Go The Distance”. That EP is available here… https://plaidonflannel.bandcamp.com/album/rising-above-ep

In the fall of 2016, Plaid On Flannel released their first live album titled Live At The Roundhouse featuring 16 songs the band performed at Roundhouse Park for Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival in Toronto over the course of 2 days. That live album is free and available here… https://plaidonflannel.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-roundhouse

In early 2017, the band began recording their 2nd EP. The summer of ’17 became the summer of Plaid as the group released a 7-song EP with 2 music videos. Get On! is available here… https://plaidonflannel.bandcamp.com/album/get-on-ep 

The band’s repertoire of original material is constantly expanding. With 60+ originals recorded by Randall himself, the Plaidalogue is deep and filled with a variety of tunes. Plaid On Flannel’s music is influenced by artists like Dylan, Zeppelin, Arcade Fire, Pink Floyd, R.E.M., Beatles, Stones, Radiohead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Black Keys, RHCP, Rival Sons, Hendrix, SRV, Doors, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, & Neil Young.

Does this music catch your ears? Do you have a question for the band? Would you like to book a show? Feel free to contact Nolan Randall for any inquiries at nolan@plaidonflannel.com

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