KANADIA are a 4-piece alternative rock band based in Oxford, UK. Consisting of James Bettis (guitar/vocals), Tim Lucas (drums), Melissa Marshall (synths/keys) and Jack Ashworth (Bass).
Taking influence from the likes of TV On The Radio, Radiohead, Muse and Foals, KANADIA combine expansive, overdriven reverb drenched guitars with driving basslines and pulsating synths and electronics. Showcasing this across several styles, from their anthemic rock tracks, to their atmospheric and dark ballads, they are strongly characterised by singer James Bettis' soaring and emotive vocals.
KANADIA released their debut album on March 2nd, 2019 in front of a sold out O2 Academy Oxford, followed by a UK tour.
The band released a standalone single 'Buried' on April 2nd 2020.
2021 will see the band release a new EP on the 30th July, along with a launch show in their hometown of Oxford. The band have eluded to a heavier and darker sound in contrast with their debut.
KANADIA have begun to steadily build a dedicated fan base and an exciting reputation for their "stadium sized" live shows.
Several of the band's single releases have been featured on Spotify Editorial Playlists such as All New Rock, New Noise and Alternative Generation, including singles 'Poison', 'Masterplan, and 'VX'. Subsequently KANADIA have received much popularity in South America.
KANADIA have performed at Truck Fest 2018 on the Market Stage, Common People Festival, BBC Introducing, SoFar Sounds, O2 Academy Oxford and legendary venues such as The Bullingdon, The Cellar, Jericho Tavern and Sunflower lounge, Hare and Hounds, and Night & Day Cafe to name a few.
James Bettis - Vocals / Guitar
Tim Lucas - Drums
Melissa Marshall - Keyboards
Jack Ashworth - Bass
"Four piece indie alt rockers Kanadia have been causing quite a stir in and around Oxford over the last year or so and the release of their debut self-titled E.P. took the industry by surprise with its vaulting ambition and epic scale. A band most definitely here to stay"
- Common People
"took people by suprise. Built for the big stage. you can imagine them on that main stage at Common People, if not beyond at Glastonbury! "
- Ronan Munro
"gorgeously understated, precise but ambitious in scale, in the way Muse can be. They’re destined for stages and venues far larger than they’re currently playing"
- Nightshift Magazine