September 2019 Spotlight: Gnarfunkel

West coast rockers Gnarfunkel are taking over Vancouver by storm with their psychedelic rock and funk sound. As they’re getting ready to play at the Railway Stage & Beer Café this Friday, September 13th, we wanted to find out more about their journey in music as a band, how it all began and where they are taking their music.

Lead singer and guitarists, Tyler and Myles first met at a party and instantly clicked over their mutual love of engineering and the local legendary Wreck Beach jams. As they began collaborating with fellow musicians, Clark and Sebastian, it was an instant hit. “From the first practice we knew that we had hit a real creative vein, and song writing was an easy collaborative process with each member adding a unique signature into the mix”. Each coming from a wide-range of influences, the band quickly created a blend of psychedelic rock, funk, hip-hop, and Latin grooves to back up their new songs. 

With an established sound and incredible songs in the works, the new project needed a name. Wanting to be inspired by the west coast, they went for a surf trip to Tofino to be in nature and find the right word to describe the band. Unexpectedly, “Gnarfunkel” was written on one of the rented surfboards. “We looked up its definition, ‘something that is gnarly to a funky extreme’, and knew that we had found our name”.

Since then many of their songs stem from their surfing trips, their spiritual journeys, experiences with love or even inspired by something one of their friends said at a party. “Our music is a distillation of our shared experience of living and loving on the west coast of Canada.”  Typically each song is started by Myles and Tyler, beginning with vocal lines and chord progressions, then bringing the foundation of a song to the whole band to finish writing and record demos. Dedicated to their craft, each band member listens to each recording meticulously, making notes on how to improve the song.  A Gnarfunkel song is not complete until “each member is stoked to be playing every part of the song.”

Bringing that mindset and dedication to their live shows, their “goal is to love every part of the songs that [they] play, and hope that [their] level of stoked will resonate with [their] audience.” With attending music festivals and shows across the country, all of the band members feel passionate about working on their live sound to get to those stages and share their music with more listeners.

“Our favorite part of our live show is the resonance that we share with our audiences. We aim to play songs that cause our audiences to feel the same emotions that we feel and connect us all through that shared vibration.”

 Hear Gnarfunkel for yourself this Friday, September 13th at the Railway Stage & Beer Café:

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August 2019 Spotlight: Sonic Break

Vancouver alternative-rock group Sonic Break are getting ready to release their newest single “'Collide” in just a few weeks. After working tirelessly in the studio and revamping their stage name, we wanted to find out more about their next chapter in music and how they got there.

Sonic Break’s journey in music began when brothers Rory and Jamie Mackay heard Nirvana’s renowned album, Nevermind, for the first time. Inspired by the iconic 90’s alternative record, they bought a used guitar the next day and immediately started writing their own songs. When they began playing with a band, their singer/songwriter sound evolved into a layered, dynamic and energetic rock soundscape; the perfect combination for featuring their searing leads, hooky melodies and powerful lyrics.

 Since joining forces with drummer Ryan Grohn and bassist Ash Shenoy, Sonic Break’s creative process and spark comes from collaboration. Whether the beginnings of writing a new song starts with a catchy guitar riff or a meaningful lyric, the band all works on their craft together --- creating music that’s authentic for all of the players. The inspiration behind their new music isthe magic that happens when you have a part of a song and then share it with your band members. Together you create something you would never have come up with on your own.”

With years of honing their songwriting skills and playing live shows under their belts, the band began recording their new material at Fader Mountain Studios late last year with acclaimed Canadian record producer and engineer, Darren Grahn (who has worked with Bon Jovi, Metallica, Mötley Crüe and 54-40).

It has been super exciting to move from home recording our songs to recording in a professional recording studio (Fader Mountain Sound) with amazing producer Darren Grahn. Working with a producer like Darren and having his input with regard to arrangement, layering, tone selection, harmony vocals, and countless other details has been invaluable and resulted in songs that we are truly proud to release to the world.”

With amazing new music now ready to be heard, Sonic Break needed the perfect new name. Inspired by their other passion for surfing, the group initially went as The Break since one of their favourite places in the world to be is at a surf break. But like many up and coming bands and artists, they had found someone else had the same idea for a band name so it was back to the drawing board.

After several months of agonizing we finally came upon our name Sonic Break and we are super happy with it. It kind of has a double meaning in that it refers to the sound of the waves breaking at a surf break while it also could be thought of as just taking a break to listen to some great music!”

Now with their name finalized and music mastered, Sonic Break will be celebrating their new single at the Railway Stage & Beer Café on August 24th! Hear them live and be a part of the celebration:


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