The pacific coast of Canada hosts one of the nation’s largest, most diverse, and thriving music communities. Some bands are here today, gone tomorrow, some carve out a career for themselves, and some rocket out of the starting gate with strong songs and an unflinching work ethic. Vancouver’s Within rust find themselves undoubtedly in the latter camp.
Describe the first Within Rust live performance?
March 2012, Burnaby Winter Club, we were headlining for some ridiculous reason with all these pop punk bands who’d been around way longer than we had, and we had these lasers that had been taken from the pacific coliseum or something, and we were terrible and everyone loved it.
What do you consider to be the preferred medium for music distribution in 2014?
Youtube. Without a doubt, Youtube. They’re doing some sketchy things right now though so we’ll see about that. As far as actual unit distro? Itunes.
It’s been a while since I became age of majority, what’s the all ages scene like these days?
Its kinda weird… I mean on the one hand you have the super passionate thriving punk/ hardcore scenes, then you have the loyalist pop punk scene, which is mixed with the metalcore scene, and its basically the same 200 kids that go out to those shows and sing or scream their hearts out. We’ve had some casualties in that scene lately with bands moving on, but there’s always more filling in the void so it’s cool. A lot of variety, we’ve made tons of friends playing in that scene even though we never really fit in it.
You just found out that you have a 20 minute set opening for Within Rust’s collective favorite band at your city’s Hockey Arena – what band is it?
What’s the musical landscape like in your hometown in 2014?
Every band out of Delta/ Surrey just goes and plays in Van and Burnaby, unless they’re soft enough to get the festivals Surrey puts on, which can be quite big. We’ve played more cities in the US in the last 3 weeks than we’ve ever played shows in this town. An example of a band out of ‘Surrey’ we identify with is Galactic Pegasus. You’ll never see them play in Delta, but believe it or not some of them live here.
For a younger band your sound is familiar yet not derivative. What would you attribute to helping you find your own sound?
It’s just the result of being into heavier music but coping with a singer with a really distinct, clean voice, and a guitarist who plays in weird chord shapes. There are so many ways to be intense or to express yourself as a band and I think we’ve really wrapped our heads around that to make some weird alternative prog slurry. We’re always trying to push that harder and harder and find new ways and textures to make it just sound like something we’ve never done before.
Thanks a lot guys and all the best to Within Rust!
Thanks for talking to us! Lets do this again some time!
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