Texas King, Band Of Rascals
95 King Street East
Hamilton, ON, L8N 1A9
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Some things are just part of your DNA when you’re a young Toronto rock ‘n roll band. Mainly, it’s the echoes of smoky nights in Yorkville coffee houses when Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot found their voices, while a few blocks away on Yonge Street, The Band was forging the sound Bob Dylan would soon make his own.
It’s all ancient history to the young members of Sun K, but no one ever had to explain the significance to them. It came out the moment they began playing together in 2013 and has been the foundation of a sound that has quickly evolved to embrace the edginess of the early New York underground scene and the glowing, complex harmonies of west coast folk rock.
Sun K’s unshakable desire to add their link to the chain of all this great music is at the heart of the group’s full-length debut album, Northern Lies. Produced by Cone McCaslin of Sum 41, whose production credits also include The Strumbellas and Operation MD, the eight-song collection is the first statement from a band eager to make its mark straight out of the gate, but also wise beyond its years in the knowledge that this is a seed from which a body of work will eventually grow.
Texas King was formed by front man Jordan Macdonald in London Ontario during the late months of 2012. They released their debut EP in 2013 and immediately began touring and performing throughout Ontario and the east coast of Canada. It wasn’t long before they earned themselves a reputation for their high-energy live shows.
The EP opened doors and allowed the band to take part in festivals like Canadian Music Week, NXNE, SCENE Fest and KOI Fest. Texas King was named London's Best Rock Group at the 2014 Jack Richardson Music Awards and has landed supporting slots for bands such as X-Ambassadors, USS, Mother Mother, The Trews, and Current Swell.
In 2016 the band hit the studio with Juno award winner Dan Brodbeck to record their first full-length album. Soon after tracking was complete, the guys found themselves back in the van journeying to Lancaster Pennsylvania where they showcased at the annual Launch Music Festival.
Texas King is relentless. As they gear up for the release of their hook-filled debut, they couldn’t be more hungry. Their accomplishments are impressive, but the band feels that it’s just the beginning.
Band Of Rascals
There’s a thunderous noise coming from the mellow landscape of Vancouver Island these days…Hailing from the Cowichan Valley this shaggy haired foursome burst onto the BC music scene with the release of their self titled debut EP in November 2014 and haven’t stopped since. Mixing vintage southern blues sensibilities with screeching and electrifying guitar riffs, thundering drums and heart/vibe lyrics, these rock ‘n’ roll brothers-in-arms represent a new generation of North American rock bands.
Band of Rascals is made up of four friends with very distinct characteristics. Lead singer Sam Trainor is all that you want in a front man; charisma in human form, flowing locks and howling vocals. Malcom Owen-Flood, known for his magnetic lead guitar playing and studio chops. Sean ‘The Noche’ Marcy is the kind of bass player great rock tales are written about. And grounding the band is drummer Marcus Manhas, a flame haired hero armed with a set of drumsticks and a killer smile.
The last 12 months have been a lightning fast trajectory for the band. Jumping into Bryan Adams iconic studio The Warehouse with famed producer Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Arkells, Monster Truck) at the helm, the band’s new EP ‘Tempest’ came together quickly. Thick layered guitars and slamming drums underline soaring rock vocals in a sonic assault that forces blood to flow faster, and creates crackling excitement. This EP jumps out of speakers and every song has a driving force of its own – loud, head thrashing, wild, raging music that sneers, breathes, growls and pulses madly.
After recording the EP, the band embarked on Toronto showcases, appearances at Ottawa's Juno Fest and Western Canadian tours, which led them to sign with national booking agents Paquin Agency. Now, ready to release this EP and tour relentlessly until it’s sounds have pierced all parts of the country, Band of Rascals are going places. Catch them at a city near you soon and earn your bragging rights.