The Battle of Santiago (band)

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The Battle of Santiago
Origin Canada
Genres Afro Cuban, Post-rock, experimental rock, world, Latin
Years active 2011–present
Labels Made With Pencil Crayons (MWPC)
Associated acts All I See Is Red (band), Stop, Die, Resuscitate (band)
Website www.thebattleofsantiago.com
Members Michael Owen,
Lyle Crilly,
Reimundo Sosa

The Battle of Santiago is a Canadian Afro-Cuban post-rock band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada formed in 2011.

Background[edit]

The group is led by Michael Owen (bass player and producer) and has a rotating cast of musicians, featuring Lyle Crilly (guitar and synth), Michael Butler (saxophone and flute) Jason Hay (saxophone and flute), Daniel Mansilla (percussion), Reimundo Sosa (percussion), Joel Perez (percussion), and Jamie Thompson (flute).

In 2012, the band's debut album “Full Colour” was released under their label "Made With Pencil Crayons." The album became the #1 hit on the weekly Canadian college radio charts for International music[1] and stayed in the national Top 20 charts for 4 months.[2][3][4][5] Also, the release reached #1 in a few local markets in Canada, including Guelph and Calgary, also reaching #3 on the Jazz charts on CFRU in Guelph,Ontario. Additionally, this release was selected for CJSR Edmonton's best of 2012 list[6] and reached #13 on Earshot's Top 20 for 2012 on the International music charts.[7]

In 2013, the Battle of Santiago released their second album "Followed by Thousands" under their label "Made With Pencil Crayons." The album became the #1 hit on the weekly Canadian college radio charts for International music on CJSR in Edmonton,[8] holding #5 for two months on the top 20 Earshot charts for International music in late 2012.[9][10] This release has also hit the charts in the United States reaching #18 on KALX with tracks featured on Latino USA.

Also in 2013, the band was nominated for a SiriusXM Indie Award for World Music Artist of the year.[11] The Knoxville News Sentinel concluded "even if Followed by Thousands fails to sustain keen interest, its mild appeal is consistent",[12] and the group has received coverage from a variety of media outlets.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

The Battle of Santiago has opened for artists like Cadence Weapon, Saul Williams, and Femi Kuti. The band has performed at the Canadian Music Week, NXNE, OCFF, Mundial Montreal, Le Festival Music Multi-Montreal, the Harrison Festival for the Arts, and the Small World Music Festival.

Band members[edit]

  • Michael Owen  – bass guitar, guitar, synth, producer, mixing engineer
  • Lyle Crilly  – guitar, synth, mixing engineer
  • Reimundo Sosa  – percussion
Additional live members
  • Michael Butler  – soprano and tenor saxophones, flute
  • Jason Hay  – baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute
  • Joel Perez  – percussion
  • Daniel Mansilla  – percussion

Discography[edit]

  • Full Colour (2012)
  • Followed By Thousands (2013)

Awards[edit]

Year Award Work Nomination Result
2013 Sirius XM Indie Awards Followed by Thousands World Artist or Group of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Earshot Weekly College Radio Charts". Earshot! College Radio charts. June 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Earshot Monthly International College Radio Charts". Earshot! Collage Radio Charts. June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Earshot Monthly International College Radio Charts". Earshot! College Radio Charts. July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Earshot Monthly International College Radio Charts". Earshot! College Radio Charts. August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Earshot Monthly International College Radio Charts". Earshot! College Radio Charts. September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Best of 2012 CJSR". cjsrfm88.blogspot.ca. December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Earshot International College Radio Charts 2012". Earshot! College Radio Charts. December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Earshot Weekly International College Radio Chart". Earshot! College Radio Charts. October 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Earshot Monthly Electronic College Radio Chart". Earshot! College Radio Charts. November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Earshot Monthly Electronic College Radio Chart". Earshot! College Radio Charts. December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sirius XM Indie Award Nominations 2013". Canada News Wire Group Inc. January 23, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ Campbell, Chuck (March 19, 2013). ""Tuned In" review: The Battle of Santiago likely to pick up a following". Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group. [dead link]
  13. ^ Boles, Benjamin (September 20–27, 2012). "Followed By Thousands CD Review". NOW Magazine VOL 32 NO 3. 
  14. ^ Forss, Matthew (February 15, 2013). "Followed by Thousands CD Review". Inside World Music Blog. 
  15. ^ Amigone, Marc (February 25, 2013). "Followed by Thousands CD Review". Afrobeat Blog. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ Blaster, Johnny (March 2013). "Ghetto Blaster Magazine Feature". Ghetto Blaster. Retrieved March 2013. 
  17. ^ Polk, Leilani (March 5, 2013). "Followed by Thousands CD Review". Creative Loafing Tampa. 
  18. ^ Ross, Caley (March 7, 2013). "Followed by Thousands CD Review". Surviving the Golden Age. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  19. ^ Farber, Jim (March 13, 2013). "NY Daily News Top 10 pick". NY Daily News. 
  20. ^ Sanchez, Juanky (March 20, 2013). "The Battle of Santiago a sound clash with a voctorious outcome". Pulsobeat. 
  21. ^ Brown, Alex (March 21, 2013). "Followed by Thounsands CD Review". Spinters & Candy. 
  22. ^ Rojas E., Juan Sebastián (July 29, 2013). "Followed by Thousands CD Review". Black Grooves. 
  23. ^ D'Abbadie, Sergio P. (June 12, 2013). "The Battle of Santiago Quiere Ponerte a Baila". Indie Rocks Mexico. 
  24. ^ Itzkowich, Claudia (July 29, 2013). "Canadá vs. Venezuela vs. Cuba = Battle of Santiago". Red Bull Panamerika. 

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