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Tempest: Weirdos on the fringe

Monday 13th, February 2017 / 19:57
By Brayden Turenne

Photo: Eva Bozeviece

VANCOUVER — Amidst the endless sea of aspiring musicians and bands in Vancouver, local punk/hardcore group, Tempest, have always relied on their music to do the talking for them. While the band does have a slight social media presence, a page on Facebook, they prefer to “Hang out on the outside of that fringe,” and have never really sought out attention. “If you ever want to know how not to be in a band, talk to us,” jokes vocalist S.D. “We don’t have any delusions of being even locally popular. We do this because we’re friends and none of us are into golf yet.”

Especially now, in our modern times, the turbulence of it all makes artistic expression critical to those who feel a need to vent their feelings, frustrations, and ideas. “You need an outlet,” and the band “doesn’t have a lot of really nice things to say.” Thus, their sound reflects as much, and with every entry into their growing discography Tempest makes quick work of the listener as they plunge them into a raging onset of bile and razor blades. The vocals and instruments blend with each other to create a feeling of genuine chaos, yet “it’s all intentional.”

But despite the lyrics being mostly undecipherable during a song’s run time, “[every] song is like one attack” founded on a particular subject. “[Tempest] doesn’t really use a lot of theme throughout” their albums, instead each song is possessed by its own intention, whether that be in regards to the spaying or neutering of cats and dogs or the legalization of assisted suicide, the list goes on and continues to grow.

Due to mostly going under the radar of the public eye, the band have no qualms or hesitation making the decisions they feel are right for their art. “Any decision we make is our own, we know we can live up to it. It’s purely [ours].”

When asked about the latest record, bassist, C.A. noted that, “[It’s] the closest thing to us knowing what we’re doing,” and that, “while most bands have a functioning process of [songwriting], [Tempest] does not,” which makes for notable progression in the group’s coherency as musicians, with each subsequent release tightening the screws. Despite the band’s lack of more widespread recognition, even within the Vancouver community, they continue to push themselves further, “never [taking] the easy way,” never trying to please anyone but themselves, and in the end the music is better off for it. Tempest are here if you want to listen to them, and if you dig it, great! If not, they probably really don’t care.

On February 18, Tempest are set to drop their newest LP as they hit the stage with local acts, WTCHDR, Woe Monger, and Wormwitch at Studio Vostok.

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