Kickin’ it with Canning: The Lowdown on Their Latest Tune

Today we are getting into the amazing Canning band that is a three person band and are located in Chicago. Their last single, “Collide,” is not just the song, it’s the whole story, which is packed with tasty beats and game-changing lyrics.

Imagine the king of groovy guitar chords, drums that would make you nod along, and lyrics that would make you think about man’s existence. “Collide” isn’t just a song about music, but a battle between dreams and realty, or a tango between confidence and scepticism.

Canning’s music, on the other hand, is about being authentic, genuine and true to themselves. They’re not playing tunes only; they’re living a tiny part of their soul with every strum and strike.

Also, the “Collide” is a song that you listen to, but an experience that you go through. It has to do with discovering yourself, matching up with your own thoughts, and being victorious at the end.

So, don’t wait, tune in to Canning and their latest track, “Collide”. Feel the music carry you beyond, and take you in a journey you won’t forget!

Listen to Collide below


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What is your stage name?


Is there a story behind your stage name?

RC) Well, one day Tom simply said let’s just call the band Canning. It was RCB at the time…definitely an improvement in terms of everything…haha…

Where do you find inspiration?

RC) Within moods and traveling…traveling creates an energy.

FA) Different sounds and sonic textures; from random melodies and lines in my head.

TM) Whatever catches my attention and sparks creativity

What was the role of music in the early years of your life?

RC) Absolutely loved music as a kid, so I’d put together little concerts with pots and pans for the fam. Must’ve been tough sitting through all that clatter but smiles were found.

FA) Music has always been for inspiration, pleasure, and unexpected gifts.

TM) Fun and purpose

Are you from a musical or artistic family?

RC) My sister Sally was a skilled pianist…then there’s a bit of history dating back to the early 1910s/20s. An act that went by ‘Canning Family Orchestra’, my Grandfather Claude being the drummer, toured around the country with between seven to ten musicians per tour during those times.

FA) Yes, musical.

TM) Yes, there are artists and musicians throughout my family. My mom played cello.

Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

RC) Jimmy Page inspired the want to be a guitarist. Peter Grant inspired the dive in and just do.

FA) My father, I suppose. I was in studios often with him. I saw and heard some epic stuff earlyon. He did a ton of jingle and voiceover work in the late 70s & 80s among other things; many times, there were groups in studio A when he was working in studio B or C at in a facility…

TM) Prince

How did you learn to sing/write/to play?

RC) I started to play guitar in fifth grade then picked it back up with serious intent while being a sophomore in high school. Since then it’s been a loving passion of continual learning and experiences. Writing was always present since the beginning. There’s always something floating around within the skull mater. As a child sitting at a piano banging out notes, ideas presented themselves. As for singing, which has been a by for more difficult path, there was a want to express more than just melody in a context of sonic notes…the need to vocalize ideas, emotions and connections was evident.

FA) I learned to sing in Children’s Choir. My writing is still a process of improvising and then deciding what works best for the song; if I don’t get another shot at it- I just go for it. I’m kind of limited to that since I don’t read music. However, I’ve developed a pretty good ear for pitches and intervals… I can read some charts well enough… I’m still learning to play every day.

TM) I taught myself until I took lessons from Dwayne Thamm. He developed a sticking style and was The Bozo Show drummer years ago.

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Kickin’ it with Canning: The Lowdown on Their Latest Tune

What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?

RC) That was the Peter Gabriel ‘So’ Tour…

FA) First rock show was Huey Lewis and the News in probably 1984.

TM) Def Leppard

How could you describe your music?

RC) Our music is definitely not for the timid or the easy listener. It’ll get under your skin at times then gently caress your hair all within a few moments. All the emotions portrayed within the songs are representations of our lives which, as with many, is a dynamic rollercoaster. All we can say is… ‘Hold on…we goin’ for a ride!’

FA) Still working on that… Maybe prog guitar-rock with some twists?

TM) Our brand of modern 90’s psychedelic rock

Describe your creative process.

RC) Not really much of a creative process but a life process. In life, it’s being a songwriter for me. The ideas can start anywhere but primarily the elements are discovered when lounging around with the acoustic in hand and playing with no direction…just playing music and allowing the fingers to roam free.

FA) Listen to the song or idea. Try to fill out the idea/song with a part. Do not meddle too much. Do not overplay. Think of how my part best serves the music. Do my best to accomplish the goal. Revisit/assess the part if need be and change it. Stick with those changes if they work better.

TM) Refer to Fritz’ response, but I hear busy sometimes and it might only make sense to me what I play.

What is your main inspiration?

RC) Waking up every day, experiencing what will become of the now. Always the hardest being in the present sometimes…

FA) To live another day of possibilities and keep making music!

TM) Bitcoin

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To live another day of possibilities and keep making music!

What musician do you admire most and why?

RC) Definitely admire many musicians across the vast musical landscape of time…here are two:

Franz Liszt

– While studying music, I truly admired Liszt breaking and pushing the boundaries of what was considered acceptable music at the time…especially during intense periods of secular and non-secular music.


– She is simply soooo amazing. Existing in her own realm, dimension and thought creating the new. There is no other. Hardest thing to acquire in this world of music is to find your own voice, sound and style that doesn’t pile upon others. We all have influences, including osmosis since birth but to be a completely unique individual sonically takes a level of self-realization, self-dislike and self-love that are a continual journey for all. Thinking she’s the furthest along in regards to musical individuality.

FA) Herbie Hancock. Just a colossal talent from the get-go and so smart, musically, and otherwise. He is one of the greatest American composer/performers of all-time.

TM) Jerry Garcia because he loved playing music more than being an icon.

Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?

RC) Style has evolved parallel to the path of life. Might take a bit to realize sometimes but always continually moving forward.

FA) Yes, I hope it evolves incrementally every day.

Who do you see as your main competitor?

RC) We do we so I guess that would be us.

FA) A bassist with more/better skills than I, if they also have great feel, sense of time, and a better understanding of music within the context.

TM) I don’t look at music in terms of competition.

What are your interests outside of music?

RC) Hanging with Escher (Pointer mix…he’s a sweetheart), having two slim boards attached to the feet pointed in a downhill direction…hopefully there’s no grass spots ahead. Making loud.

FA) Old cars and hot rods. Audio in general, recording.

TM) Art and woodworking currently

If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?

RC) Being somewhere on a mountain…instructor/patrol/technician…something related, but then playing après ski…music would always somehow be involved someway.

FA) Probably fixing or selling old cars & hot rods or working in the recording industry in some capacity.

TM) Putzing around.

What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?

RC) Academia…it’s amazing to see today’s youth having a universal acceptance for the want to create and learn music. Years back the only acceptable path was classical studies by many. Today a child can join the School of Rock then be playing as an opening act, outside on a stage at their local festival with friends and piers all while it being okay. Reverse that and it becomes being an outlaw if ya just wanted to create, explore and groove on some beats/chords with friends. Being outlaws didn’t matter to us…we thrived on it. That was definitely the biggest hurdle, being accepted as an equal in terms of academia.

FA) Finding the niche or the niche finding you – just doing your own thing.

TM) Sheisters

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?

RC) Artists as a whole, would benefit from access to better support systems and career compensation for what they’re providing the world with. Government needs to realize this and equal out the playing field so all career minded artists can survive. Will this ever happen, probably not anytime soon. There are pockets that need to be continually overfed. This world would be a rather dull place if everything was gray in color and all we heard was monotone.

FA) The industry valuing artists more appropriately in compensation for both live performance and recordings.

TM) Centralized power

Why did you choose this as the title of this project?

RC) We write the emotional story, especially when it comes to lyrics. We like there to be a connection that the listener can find within their lives. Their own emotional story that relates to what we’re portraying in the song from ours. In the case of ‘Collide’, dreams can be a happiness in reality if pursued diligently. Within the daily monotony, that dream can be opposed, hence wondering if happiness is attainable. When that dream and life finally meet, colliding…life will become a happier and better place.

What are your plans for the coming months?

RC) We are currently working on and finishing up a bunch of new songs over the next sevenmonths. Looking so forward to releasing these tracks into the world starting about late Spring of 2024. This set of songs are gonna be rather dynamic!

TM) A tour?

Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?

RC) Not currently…would be fun but CANNING keeps me rather occupied.

FA) Most likely to have my lovely sister-in-law play more cello on Canning material. It would also be nice to find a way to cross-pollenate with musicians from my other group. Besides those possibilities, play more drums in my side-side project.

TM) Home studio song writing

What message would you like to give to your fans?

RC) Wake up every day and dive cannonball style into the new day.

FA) Just keep on rocking!

TM) Lose yourself in music while the world is ablaze/

Mister Styx
Mister Styx
My name is Mister Styx and I'm a music blogger and an HVAC Engineer. I'm passionate about all kinds of music, from rock to hip-hop, Jazz, and Reggae as a matter of fact I am always eager to hear new sounds as music has no barrier, and I'm always looking for new sounds to explore. Hop on lets go fetch for some new sounds!

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