Midnight Shine Rocked the Park
By Amanda Perreault
THUNDER BAY – Following an amazing performance in Thunder Bay, Midnight Shine frontman Adrian Sutherland sat down with Amanda Perreault to talk about the show, the issues, the band, and of course the music.
Everybody has a story and I think its important for First Nations People to shed positive Light on our Culture and Values
Adrian Sutherland is the frontman/songwriter, and a proud father/grandfather and husband who teaches the same values taught by his grandparents to honour prayer morning and night.
Sutherland acknowledges the land, animals, water and trees and to live and pay homage to his Indigenous culture.
Sutherland vows, “I care deeply of the people of the North that have been connected to the Land for thousands of years.” His Family Drum was made with his brothers and relatives humbly stating, “The Drum is to keep the songs alive, especially for my sons.”
Adrian was born and raised in Attawapiskat where he graduated to be a Paramedic and worked as the Economic Development Officer in his community until his contract was finished and began his true passion in music and writing songs.
One of my favorite songs by Midnight Shine, is New Single Released in March, “Sister Love” that was written by his younger sister. Sutherland shares, “Its about Sibling Connection, when times were good. It is about wanting to be back in that time when we’re not always worrying about things and not stressed about life.”
Songs that Adrian states he likes to have fun with playing is, “Indian In Disguise,” and “Hopeless Romantic” and affirms, “That his family drum was made with his brothers and relatives to keep the songs alive in his family.
Other band members include guitarist, Zach Tomatuk who was born and raised in Moose Factory has been learning his favourite rock/metal songs.
Tomatuk graduated from the Cambrian College Music Performance Program in 2013. Bass Player, Stan Louttit was born in Wemindji, Quebec and grew up in Moose Factory. , Louttit is also a graduate in Bass/Jazzist Studies from Humber College, Toronto. Drummer George Gillies who was raised in Fort Albany, Ontario started playing the guitar in grade six, and began playing his true love drums.
The completed Midnight Shine sound is a positive reality that grew into a Family on the Road.
To hear more of Midnight Shine Visit their Bandcamp Page.