Music Monday: Songs you might want to hear – ‘and the’ bands played on.

There is a radio show on CBC here in Canada that occasionally does a feature called SYNTH: Songs You Need To Hear.

Now, I can’t say to someone, “You’ll like this song” (or book for that matter) because I can’t presume that others will share my taste in music (or books), so it is safer to say, “You might like this” and if they don’t like it, so be it.

Maybe you will find a new favorite.

About 10 years ago, there seemed to be an explosion of folk/rock groups. Many members of the bands sporting hipster beards (not the ladies) and having an acoustic flair. There also seemed to be a plethora of “and the” bands.

  • Noah and the Whale
  • Matthew and the Atlas
  • The Wind and the Wave
  • Ruben and the Dark
  • Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case (featured on April 11)
  • The Head and the Heart

There are more, but that’s all I can name off the top of my head.

I could listen to Another Story by The Head and the Heart over and over. It’s a beautiful song:

All We Ever Knew

I found this song on my old iPhone along with years of text messages. Good messages. Mundane messages. Memories. It was the only song on the device.

Hope you enjoyed my selections.


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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3 thoughts on “Music Monday: Songs you might want to hear – ‘and the’ bands played on.

  1. I really like the Head and the Heart, and this is the first time I’ve heard the Wind and the Wave – I rather like it. A lot of those so-called folk bands were just opportunists – “bung in a banjo and we can call it folk.” Matthew and the Atlas and Noah and the Whale were two of the worst offenders, but your list omits the biggest criminals of them all: Mumford and Sons. Fake folk music, for trendy hipster millennials who know nothing about real music!

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