Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

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What an amazing night for music at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento it was yesterday. We will be bringing you our full coverage of all the bands from the night but let’s start it off with our feature on The Birthday Massacre. Hailing from Canada, this hybrid new wave, gothic rock and electronic infused band really made an impression on Sacramento!

It was a stormy day that left the roads flooded in some parts of Sacramento but that didn’t stop the dedicated fans from coming out to the show. After braving the 3 1/2 hour drive in rain and dodging the lightning storm, we were glad to finish off the night with a stellar set from The Birthday Massacre. Their music is as if they gave a refreshing vibrant makeover to the 90’s new wave synth dates, without feeling dated. Their energy was infectious as they each have a cinematic stage presence. We were treated to many of their songs from their recently released album, Superstition and each one had you wanting more. I was hoping to pick up the new album but unfortunately (well, fortunate for them) they had sold out of them! You can head over to iTunes here and pick it up online. With spotlight songs like Divide, Superstition and Surrender you are going to love it.

Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

There are still several dates left on the tour, so if they are coming to a venue near you, do your best to try and make it out to a show!

  • DEC 05 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
  • DEC 06 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
  • DEC 09 Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre
  • DEC 10 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
  • DEC  13 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
  • DEC 14 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
  • DEC 16 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
  • DEC 17 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
  • DEC 18 Toronto, CAN – Mod Club Theatre

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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San Francisco metal band Castle is getting ready for unleash their metal to the Canadian masses for their Canada Under Siege Fall Tour. The tour is in support of their album, Under Siege which is available now through the following links:

They have also released their music video for their bad ass track, Evil Ways. The well produced video which was directed by Brian Joseph Davis highlights their powerful sound which is rarely achieved by a trio. They really deliver the heavy guitar, powerful vocals and precision drumming and create a great depth with their sound. It is a great song to check out. I am hoping they have some Bay Area shows when they return.

Below are the tour dates for Canada:

10/3    London, ON – APK w/ Cauldron
10/4    Niagara Falls, ON – Vintage Sports Lounge w/ Cauldron
10/5    Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electrique
10/7    Sherbrooke, QC  – Bar Le Magog
10/9    Charlottetown, PEI – Baba’s Lounge 
10/10  Saint John, NB – Pub Down Under
10/11  Halifax, NS – Gus Pub
10/13  Fredericton, NB – The Capital Complex
10/15  Quebec City, QC  – Agitee
10/16  Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
10/17  Toronto, ON – The Garrison w/ Satan
10/18  Barrie, ON – Fitzy’s 
10/20  Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo
10/21  Regina, SK – The Club
10/22  Edmonton, AB – Black Dog
10/24  Vancouver, BC – Hindenburg w/ Anciients
10/28  Red Deer, AB – Vat Pub
10/29  Calgary, AB – Palomino Social Club
10/30  Saskatoon, SK – Amigos
10/31  Thunder Bay, ON – Hunger 9 Festival

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Last week at the Juno Awards in Canada, Protest The Hero received the Juno for Best Metal/ Hard Music Album for their CD, Volition. Guitarist Tim Millar reacts to the news by saying, “We are very proud to be recognized by the Juno Awards for Best Metal/Hard Music Album of 2013. 2013 was a crazy year and without all the hard work of the people that made the record come to life, and all the people the contributed to the record before hearing a single note, this album would not have been possible. We are forever in your debt.”

Guitarist Luke Hoskin adds, “We are thrilled with our recent Juno win! We had incredible company in our category and it could have gone to anyone.  We remain proud Canadians even though we are currently touring south of the border.  Thanks for all the support!

It is great to see this CD win since Volition was 100% funded by fans through an  Indiegogo in 2013. Protest The Hero then licensed the record to Sony Canada, Razor & Tie, and Spinefarm for worldwide distribution. It is awesome to see them win the award and see all their hard work and efforts pay off. The band is currently in the midst of their Volition tour and then will head back to Europe for dates in June and July. Here is their current schedule:

  • Thu/Apr 3   –  Hartford CT  –  Webster Theater
  • Fri/Apr 4   –  Rochester NY  –  Montage Music Hall
  • Sat/Apr 5   –  Cambridge MA  –  The Middle East (Downstairs)
  • Sun/Apr 6   –  Amityville NY  –  Revolution
  • Tues/Apr 8   – Moncton, NB  –   The Oc Nightclub
  • Wed/ Apr 9- Halifax, NS-  The Pavilion
  • Thu/ Apr 10- Halifax, NS-  The Marquee
  • Fri/ Apr 11- Fredericton, NB-  Lava Vodka Bar
  • Sat/ Apr 12- Quebec City, QC-  Dagobert
  • Mon/ Apr 14- Laval, QC-  Studio Theatre
  • Tues/ Apr 15- Cornwall, ON- Vu Night Spot
  • Wed/ Apr 16- St. Catharines, ON- Michun Nightclub
  • Thurs/ Apr 17- London, ON-  London Music Hall
  • Fri/ Apr 18- Windsor, ON-  The Dominion House
  • Sat/ Apr 19- Guelph, ON- Vinyl  

You can pick up Volition is available on iTunes here.  Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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The Lad Classic is a four piece rock band from Toronto, Canada. They are here to deliver straight up Rock n Roll, no chaser needed!  The Lad Classic is  Paul Stevens on  Vocals, Ben Healey on Guitar, Mark Rynkun on Bass and Josiah Whitney on Drums. Check out their video for their song for Cadillac Jack here:

 

That song is so good, love the great modern pre-chorus into a powerful 80’s rocker scream. The guitars have a bluesy GnR Izzy Stradlin feel to it and pumps out a catchy riff. The vocals truly are smooth yet powerful. Drums and Bass mix in very well and complete the rhythm. I am definitely looking forward to checking out their new EP, Thunder which was released last week. You can pick up the EP on Itunes here.

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Make sure to visit their social media sites and check out this great band. We will see if we can bring you an interview as well as an album review.

~ Marisol

 

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Quick Wicked

Energy. Depth. Intensity. Bliss…. That is what you will get when you take a listen to Quick Wicked out of Brantford, Ontario, Canada…. I recently told you about how I was blown away when I first heard Quick Wicked just only a few weeks. Read more here

They are an amazing Progressive Hard Rock band that have some great bass intro lines that just captivate you and the vocals are spectacular as is the guitar and drums. They are definitely adding layers to their progressive rock and making their own unique sound.  Quick Wicked is Kyle Love, Kevin French, Rob Eddy, Jeff Love.

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We recently had a chance to talk with guitarist, Rob Eddy and are pleased to bring you that interview here:

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Music Junkie Press:  How did Quick Wicked form?

Rob: Jeff, Kyle and I were in another serious project prior to Quick Wicked and after that ended we took some needed time off. Up until that point Jeff played guitar and I played bass. Jeff wanted to start a new project and so did I although I wanted to switch to guitar and he knew that before approaching me. At some point (probably after realizing that we would most likely spend years trying to find a singer) I think he just decided he was going to give it a shot.

Jeff wrote a few tunes and got his brother Kyle to lay down some drum tracks on them. When those were finished he knew he wanted to get a full band together and see how it went in a live environment. He contacted me with the idea of playing guitar on these songs to see if it would work. He also needed a bass player and Kyle had a friend (Kevin) that played who he thought would be into it. We all agreed to find a rehearsal spot and feel it out. So in a dingy rehearsal space in Hamilton Ontario we started jamming the songs. All those songs that we started playing eventually were scrapped and didn’t make it on our album. What they did do is create the platform that was used to get us to bond together as a group and start writing better songs as a unit.

Music Junkie Press:  Tell us a bit about your name?

Rob: I don’t put much stock into what a band is called. We have always created temporary names while songs are being formed so that we can identify them. “Quick Wicked” was blurted out by Jeff as we were in the process of writing “Blix” so that’s what we started calling that song. When we were recording these songs we were all trying too hard to think of a “cool” name for the band and nothing was sticking. It was our engineer on the album “Matt Gauthier” that said he thought “Quick Wicked” was a good name and we all kind of just looked at each other and immediately knew that should be our name.

Music Junkie Press:  Blix is an amazing song! Can you tell me more about that song?

Rob: Blix was written off of the intro/verse bass line that Kevin wrote and is the backbone of the song. I came up with the chorus and Kyle came up with the bridge breakdown part. Once someone has an idea that helps to further progress the song, the rest of the group writes their own parts around that. In most cases with us everyone is responsible for themselves when it comes to writing.  We try to treat all instruments equally and vocal melodies are usually fit in by Jeff after the song is structured. I have the feeling that is not the way most bands go about writing songs but it is the way that has always made sense for us.

Music Junkie Press:  What do you have in store for 2014?

Rob: We are hoping 2014 will be a big year for Quick Wicked. The feedback that we have received since the album dropped in August has been overwhelmingly positive. Our goal is to get the music in the hands of people that are craving to hear something new, a sound they haven’t necessarily heard before but still resonates with them in some way. We want to fill up our calendar with live shows and just play the scene and get our name out there so that we start earning people’s respect as a band that not only has talented musicians but also good solid song writing.  One thing I know and that has been proven time and time again to me is that those 2 things are completely independent of themselves.

Music Junkie Press:  If Quick Wicked could put together their dream tour, what three bands (living or dead) would you want on the bill with you?

Rob: I think if you asked the band members individually the answers would be entirely different. For me it would be something like Jimi Hendrix, Tool, and Alice in Chains.

Music Junkie Press:  Can you tell us what was the first concert you ever went to?

Rob: It was a festival called Edgefest in 1998 at Molson Park in Barrie Ontario. Green Day played in the middle of the day and blew my 15 year old mind. I just remember them having so much energy and the crowd atmosphere completely changed and everything went crazy when they came on. Creed played the 2nd stage and I think The Tea Party or Moist headlined.

Music Junkie Press:  Us at Music Junkie Press are strong believers that music can heal, help, inspire, comfort and so much more. Can you share a particular time in your life where music helped or healed you?

Rob:  Music has always been there for me since I was a teenager. The Smashing Pumpkins and their masterpiece double album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” probably got more plays than anything else I have ever listened to. I completely wore that album out when I was younger and it was my go to record for years. I still have a special spot for them and always will. As for being inspired, the day my bass teacher put on Tool’s “Aenima” and taught me how to play 46&2 I think everything changed for me. I didn’t know who Tool was prior to that and after listening to the entire record I never felt a stronger connection with any band in my life. Tool showed me just how powerful music can be and also helped me gain a much better understanding of timing and precision, 2 things that would serve me well when it came to writing my own music.

Music Junkie Press:  If you could go back to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to yourself?

Rob: At 14 I was just getting wet behind the ears with music and didn’t know that I wanted to be a full time musician. When I was 18 or 19 I was in my first “real” band where we were writing original music that I was proud of. I thought that all we needed to do was get our music to Sony or Universal and they would be knocking down our doors clamouring to sign us because the music was so good. I truly thought that. I had no idea or concept of fighting for what you believe in or the grind that just about every successful band needs to endure no matter how good their music is. The business side of the music industry is a whole other animal.

Music Junkie Press:  What shows do you have upcoming?

Rob: We are taking a small break until January. Here is what we have confirmed so far for 2014:

  • January 24th – Brantford Ontario, Club Sagittarius
  • January 25th – Oshawa Ontario, The Moustache Club
  • January 31st – Toronto Ontario, The Rockpile
  • February 8th – Toronto Ontario, Rancho Relaxo

Music Junkie Press: Lastly, is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?

Rob:  I would tell them that in my experience, the music that lasts and has staying power, you probably will not actually even like the first time you hear it, or you might say to yourself something like “What did I just listen to”. Sometimes if you give it enough of a chance something grabs you. Then after some more listens something else that you didn’t hear the first few times catches your attention and you all of a sudden “get it” and start falling in love with it. That is music with depth, feel and layers; that kind of music is what I search for, try to create and doesn’t get old quickly. Of course sometimes you can give it that same chance and then realize your just listening to bad music.

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One of my favorite songs is Blix which is off of their self titled album and is available for download on Bandcamp here.  You can check out their video for Blix here:

 

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on the latest Quick Wicked news. Check out some more videos by Quick Wicked below too.

~Enjoy,  Marisol

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Quick Wicked

Energy. Depth. Intensity. Bliss…. That is what you will get when you take a listen to Quick Wicked out of Brantford, Ontario, Canada. I heard them tonight and was blown away. They have some great bass intro lines that just captivate you and the vocals are amazing as is the guitar and drums. They are definitely adding layers to their progressive rock and making their own unique sound.  Quick Wicked is Kyle Love, Kevin French, Rob Eddy, Jeff Love.

Quick Wicked

One of my favorite songs is Blix which is off of their self titled album and is available for download on Bandcamp here.  You can check out their video for Blix here:

 

They are also competing in a Battle of the Bands presented by GAIN MUSIC and they are set to play on December 13th at Van Gogh’s Ear in Guelph, Ontario. You can get more details here from the Events Page. So now that I have you hooked make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on the latest Quick Wicked news.

~ Marisol

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White Chocolate Thunder

Here we are on another Thursday which means our weekly spotlight on a new band that is thirsty for rock n roll! This week the band is White Chocolate Thunder and they are from Calgary, Alberta Canada. They are four guys who have a great rock/pop/punk feel to them. I hate placing them in a genre or category… so put it this way…. they fucking rock and have great energy and good songs!

You have Johnny Molyneaux on Vocals and he reminds me of a young Chris Robinson of Black Crowes. His vocals are awesome. Then you have the fierce Jordan Tavares on Guitar and the energetic Braaeden Riehl on  Bass. Behind it all and bringing it home with solid drumming is Tanner Statham. Check them out in their video for a KICK ASS song, “No Regrets“:

 

“No Regrets” is off of their new EP, No Pants, Just Dance. which is available at their shows. So if you enjoy your rock with a side of punk attitude you will like White Chocolate Thunder! Visit their social media sites and follow this new band on their rock journey.

~ Marisol

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DEATHPOINT

Hailing from Ontario, Canada is Deathpoint, a young band with a passion for metal and creating their own unique sound that I love. They have recently released their album “SINISTER”  through Spread The Metal Records and it is one album you have to add to your metal collection.  It has everything from heavy metal guitars with some killer riffs, catchy hooks, combination of clean and harsh vocals, and a melodic groove that will literally draw you in further and take a hold of you.

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“SINISTER” is available now and you can pick up your copy here or their merch store page here. We had the opportunity to interview drummer, Mike Labate before their album release and you can check it out here:

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Music Junkie Press:  HI Mike, We are very excited about your album SINISTER which (was released) in October. I know that you have a couple other albums out but this is the first one with Spread the Metal Records, right?

Mike Labate: Yes it is, We just signed on with them about six or seven months ago. Just after  the addition of Tom Emmans.

Music Junkie Press:  First, I wanted to ask you about the accident you were involved in recently when out on tour. Is everyone doing okay?

Mike Labate:  Ya, everyone is alright, we have recovered. Scary moments for sure but came out fairly unscathed. There is a little damage to the vehicle and the trailer but we will recover, we will be alright.

Music Junkie Press:  Another tour story for the road I am sure!  I have  had the chance to listen to a couple of the tracks so far on Sinister and it is amazing work. You guys have really developed your own sound. You have brought a refreshing take on metal by incorporating this great vibe and instrumental highlights. What was your biggest inspiration behind this album?

Mike Labate:  It is hard to say what exactly was the biggest inspiration as far as directly linking it to a band. But I think we love listening to music with a lot of groove, a lot of catchy vibes, a lot of mixture between the clean vocals and the screaming and the heaviness and what not. Yet, with staying true to what we wanted to do. I think the biggest inspiration is wanting to put out a record that people will want to listen to over and over again.  Now I gave a friend of mine that I haven’t seen in a couple years, a copy last weekend and he shot me a Facebook message and he said, “Dude this record is incredible. I just listened to it front to back three times in a row and I absolutely love it. I am gonna  work on getting the word out to all my friends.”  That is the kind of thing that really encourages us to keep doing exactly what we are doing. That was our big inspiration; to really get in to people’s heads and stay there and I really feel that we have a record here that is going to accomplish that.

Music Junkie Press:  It is! It is a full album to enjoy that is not where you pick and choose your songs. It has the quality of work to where you will want to enjoy the whole album. The kind of album where you play from start to finish.

Mike Labate:  Ya, that was a huge goal. We don’t have any filler. Every part, every riff, every melody, everything on the record; if the whole band isn’t happy with exactly how it sounds, then it doesn’t stay on the record. We change it, we tweak it, we make it be exactly how we want it to be before we are ready to release it.

Music Junkie Press: Thirty Stitches is a KICK ASS SONG! Can you tell me more about that song?

Mike Labate:  Thirty Stitches is Henry, our lead guitar player’s baby. Actually  he had been working on that song for about 2 and a half years,  and originally he has a bunch of side projects and stuff that he just does on his own to stay busy and play music. And it had it parts and its moments, it wasn’t a Deathpoint song per say but we got our hands on it. We convinced him, hey man let’s like sit down and really write this as a Deathpoint song and we pieced it together and it just turned into an absolute highlight on the album, for sure. Tom’s vocal work on it was brilliant. I don’t know, it just came together as one of those epic melodic tracks that really sticks with people. I know it has had a big influence on a lot of people who have already heard it. It is up on our Soundcloud to hear and it is getting a lot of attention. Definitely a highlight from the record.

Music Junkie Press:  It is! Now Tom Emmans is a great singer. I know that he was filling in last year, is it true he will be staying on as the vocalist?

Mike Labate:  He is staying on full time now. That decision was made probably six months or so ago. He started by just recording the record, helping us out as we were in a pinch with the loss of our previous vocalist. So he was going to help us out in this pinch, recorded the record with us, listened back to it and he just fell in love with it. He said “Guys, I need a full time spot in this band”. We were happy to oblige because he is a great vocalist and a great guy so ya, we kept  him on full time.

Music Junkie Press:  I Love It! How was your East to West Coast Canada Tour?

Mike Labate:  It was good, it was a good run to Halifax and back, aside from the accident of course. But we met a lot of great people, got a lot of great feedback, made a bunch of fans. It was a lot of fun playing Spread The Metal Festival in Halifax, that is part of a big crowd, was a great time playing alongside some great bands. We are back home in Ontario. Unfortunately some contractual issues came up with the West Coast so that didn’t happen. But we are currently working on a couple bigger shows and a full Ontario/Quebec run and over the winter we will be settling down a little bit and getting in to writing the next record. We are going to be doing extensive touring the Ontario/Quebec area for sure and then we are looking at the US, West Coast and everything else come Spring time. Because obviously as you know, it can become very, very nasty to travel in Canada through wintertime so for safety and contractual issues, that is probably the plan we are going to go with.

Music Junkie Press:  We are excited to hear about you guys coming to the States here. It is going to be great!

Mike Labate:  Well, it has been a big goal of ours. It is such a great market and we have been receiving a lot of radio play down there and we have charted down there so I feel like the demand in the States is worth looking into and worth getting down there. We are only 45 minutes from the border and the American market and people are just great for music. So it definitely is a huge goal of ours to get down there soon.

Music Junkie Press:  That will be exciting. Now you guys all started pretty young with music. How old were you when you first started playing drums?

Mike Labate:  I first started playing drums when I was 16. I had played a bunch of other instruments before that but I always found myself falling in love with the drums and so I started playing when I was 16. I had maybe four or five months into playing drums when I got the invite to try for, what is now Deathpoint, but that is eight years ago. The only original, original member is Brad, our current bass player still and he was only 13 when I joined the band. So he has been in it since day one and just absolutely loving it. So I guess I have been drumming for about eight years now and always trying to improve my stuff as is every other member of the band.

Music Junkie Press:  Now what is your current rig rundown on your drums and kicks?

Mike Labate:  The kicks I play are Pearl Elimator Demon Drives. (Music Junkie Press: Those are awesome!)  Absolutely,  Top of the line, I love them. Ever since I first played them I fell in love with them.  So those are the kicks I rock for sure.

Music Junkie Press:  Nice! How about if I could peak into your Ipod, what artist or song might I be most surprised at finding in there?

Mike Labate:  Uh, probably a little Mumford & Sons and Macklemore. Not a ton of stuff. I got to admit the majority of it is metal. I always like to listen to metal because it helps influence me, gives me ideas and inspiration or what not, but sometimes you got to go outside the box and Mumford & Sons is a big one for me. They are quite popular right now and doing very well and I love their stuff, that folk rock style but they have come up with a very unique way of doing it. I really enjoy them and Macklemore, I am not big on hip hop, there is a couple things here and there but Macklemore has a really cool original style too. I check him out every so often. Actually I was listening to him earlier today. It is nice to change things up once in a while.

Music Junkie Press:  Very true, it is. If you could take a song from any other genre and turn it into a Deathpoint style song, what might you choose?

Mike Labate:  We have been talking about this for a while, actually. We are on the fence about covering a song that is metal and making it into Deathoint metal or we are going to take a song that is not metal and make it metal but it has been thrown around a bit, like Evanescence. We have been talking about that a little bit and also Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name”. I think that would be a great one to do as a full metal cover. So, we have been talking about it, nothing is set in stone, and it is really hard because there are so many great songs out there that potentially could be turned metal but to do it an a classy way and make it actually really well done, that is definitely a challenge.

Music Junkie Press:  It would be great to put the Deathpoint style to it. You guys have such a great groove and the instrumental highlights would be great for any song. Lastly, is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?

Mike Labate:  I just really want to encourage people to go give the album a listen, check out our Facebook page, the Soundcloud, you can search us on Soundcloud. I truly believe that any metal head is really going to enjoy this album. We have heard so much positive feedback, the reviews are coming in, and we really think we got something special here so give it a chance, give it a listen because we really feel like that is all it is going to take to hook you in. Like the Facebook page and you can get all the updates and everything you could possibly need to know about the band is right there.  We are just a young Canadian band trying to put ourselves out there and we appreciate the support.

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If you give the album a listen, I am sure you will be hooked. I know we were and you can’t help but listen to it from start to finish.  For Your Eyes Only is an amazing heavy song with great melodic style as well. Title track Sinister brings the heavy side out and the drums on it are powerful, then it blends right into clean vocals and harsh vocals perfectly! Thirty Stitches has kick ass guitar work and is an intense song that has become one of  my playlist favorites! All the songs on this album are fierce, check them out for yourself. Also make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on tour dates, news and other fun stuff!

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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For today’s Tuesdays Travels, I didn’t travel far to bring you some over the top Hard Rock/Glam Rock. From Montreal, Canada, I want to introduce you to RUSTED! If you thought that only 80’s bands brought you heavy guitar riffs, pounding drums, power vocals and catchy choruses, the complete rock look, you are mistaken. RUSTED has everything you want in bad ass rock and roll band and their music will have you quickly hooked. It is almost as if they were sent from a time machine from a set at the Whisky on the Sunset Strip to here today. However, they got here, I am DAMN glad they are here! Check out this video for my favorite song of theirs, Young, Wild & Free:

 

So who is RUSTED? You have Tony Rust on Vocals, Tommy D. Eagle on Lead Guitar, Mark Shark on Bass, D. Izzy on Drums, and Maniac on Rhythm/Lead Guitar. We had the opportunity to interview singer Tony Rust and we are pleased to bring that interview to you here:

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you very much for talking with us here at Music Junkie Press! We first learned of your band from Justyn Vynn formerly of Snakeskyn Whiskey and we are glad we did! Your music ROCKS! We understand Justyn is filling in for your guitarist, how is everything going with that?

Tony Rust:  Justyn is really an awesome guitarist and we are really lucky to count on him to fill in while our guitarist Maniac is stuck outside the country…so we really need to thank him a lot for that! He’s a real brother for us!

Music Junkie Press: When did RUSTED begin and how did you all meet?

Tony Rust: The whole story begins in a small northern town of Quebec called Rouyn-Noranda (In Abitibi-Temiscamingue) when me and Dizzy first met during class in high school. At this point we weren’t really serious at all about playin’ music in a band we were just two kids having the same passions about hard rock/heavy metal music. But we first started playin’ in a band together and the things got bigger and serious. After a couple years and bands, we decided to move to Montreal to get us a better chance and other band members to fill in the spots. We first met Tommy D.Eagle and Maniac and then a year after we finally found Mark Shark and the perfect line up was there! And from that moment on, we’ve been really happy with the band and things are going very well!

Music Junkie Press:  I understand you recently released “Rock Patrol” in April and you truly deliver KICK ASS ROCK from start to finish, definitely no filler songs on this album! If you had to pick your favorite or song closest to you from this album which would it be and why?

Tony Rust: For me it’s really hard to choose but if i really need to, I will say Last Stand is surely one of my favorites. I really love that western 80’s cowboy kind of songs (reminds me Bon Jovi’s Blaze of glory or Wanted Dead or Alive) . Each time we play this song live, the crowd really seems to dig it!

Music Junkie Press: We love your video for Young, Wild and FREE, that song is one I have been playing first thing in the morning to get my day started! Tell us more about that song?

Tony Rust:  We recorded Young Wild N Free as a single one year ago. For us it was really a big thing cause it was our first time working with a real professional in studio. Pierre Bazinet(Worked with Celine Dion, Jean Leloup, Paradox) gave us so much to learn about the music industry and how it really is, I think the whole recording experience of YWF really helped us grow as musicians.

Music Junkie Press: Are you working on any videos now for Rock Patrol?

Tony Rust: Yes we are! We have so many ideas for many songs on the record but we finally chose Last Stand as the next video! We are shooting the video at the beginning of September and we hope to release it this fall!

Music Junkie Press: If Rusted could put together their dream lineup with three bands (living or dead) which would they be?

Tony Rust: Hum…thats a good question! It’s so hard to choose only 3 bands! For me it will be : Aersomtih, Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses ! (And so many others haha)

Music Junkie Press: Can you remember what your first concert was?

Tony Rust: My first ever big arena rock concert was Guns N’ Roses in 2006 at the Quebec Colisé Pepsi(Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City)! It was amazing for me, a real rock n’ roll revelation. The opening act was Sebastian Bach of Skid Row and some all naked strippers! It was the first time for me being in such a huge place with such a huge crowd!

Music Junkie Press: With the ’80s making a comeback with Rock and my fave time, what song from the ’80s would you say is your Anthem or Theme song?

Tony Rust: Once again it’s really hard to choose only one…but one of the songs which will always remind me of the 80’S will always be Livin’ on a prayer from Bon Jovi. Such a strong song! With the sing along, pounding drums, epic solos, everything about this song is so 80’s ! I love it

Music Junkie Press: Do you have upcoming tour plans or plans to play here in the US?

Tony Rust:  Of course! For now we are working on getting our visa’s done and then we surely will tour the USA next summer!

Music Junkie Press: If I could peak in your Ipod, what artist or song might I be most surprised at finding in there?

Tony Rust: Lots of classic rock artist like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, U2 and some classical artists like Beethoven and Mozart! In fact I listen to lots of different kinds of music!

Music Junkie Press: Everyone enjoys a great cover song or remake, if you could take any song from any genre and turn it into the RUSTED style, what song might that be?

Tony Rust: We used to play lots of covers back in the day, but now we rarely play covers, almost never to be honest.  But one of the covers I always loved playing was Wild Child from Wasp! Such a killer song with a badass chorus!

Music Junkie Press: One of the songs from Rock Patrol that really stands out to me is Last Stand, can you tell me a little more about that song?

Tony Rust: This song is one of my favorite too! When I first started writing the lyrics for the song I was truly inspired by all the wild west movies like The Good The Bad and The Ugly. I really wanted the song to have this 80’s western cowboy ballad kind of vibe. When Maniac played me the first riff of the song I was like  “Ỳes! We got it! This is going to be our “Wanted Dead Or Alive“!

Music Junkie Press: Lastly, is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?

Tony Rust: First of all I want to thank you Marisol for this interview! For everything about the band you guys can keep in touch on our Facebook page/Twitter/Instagram and our Youtube Chanel. The Last Stand video is on it’s way to be released this fall! So keep on rockin’ guys and see you soon on the road! Keep the 80’s rock spirit alive!

Here is one more video for you for their song, “Rock Patrol” which is off of the album of the same title that you can download here and keep the 80’s rock spirit alive!

 

Also head over to their social media sites and stay up to date.  We can’t wait for their new video for The Last Stand and if you are lucky enough to be in the Montreal area, GET YOURSELF TO A SHOW! We are excited for them to come play for us here in the US and hopefully we will be seeing them hitting the stage at the Whisky in no time.

~ Keep Rockin, Marisol

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