Around 2014, the band rounded out its sound with the additions of punk-rocker/band-geek Mike McDermid (drums, vocals), and celebrated Winnipeg multi-instrumentalist Jesse Millar (guitar, synth, percussion, vocals, flannel). Before long, songwriting, formerly a solitary task, became a group effort, with everyone chiming in to flesh out arrangements, chords, and words. Synthesizers, mixed-meter time signatures, four-part harmonies and increasingly ironic lyrics found their ways into the songs, making for a more textured sound and new level of sophistication.
Equal parts Sloan and Weakerthans, CBN’s second EP, Among the Stars, was released on August 11, 2017 on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Music and Bandcamp. They promoted the release by performing on Global Morning News, as well the singles off the EP “We Did It All” and “1982” have received radio play on CBC Radio One.