By Brittany Rudyck
EDMONTON – Some bands come together spontaneously with the same creative goal from the get go. Others, like Edmonton’s Backcurrents, get a little help from Kijiji and ditching residue from previous projects. Bassist and vocalist Dustin Rogers and guitarist Kevin Kusiak have been playing in bands together for a number of years on a somewhat blurry timeline as well as a nearly undeterminable amount of incarnations. The pair most recently played in a band called the Dropouts, a pop-punk project that played a few shows and seemingly fizzled out.
“We decided we didn’t want to play that kind of music anymore,” explains Rogers. “We wanted to get something new and fresh going and started seeking band members. Kevin reached out to Josh, who he knew from Kijiji and eventually jamming together a few years ago. Then we needed a drummer. I decided to drum and sing at first, which was awkward.”
Guitarist Josh Mckenney chimes in with a chuckle, “we were getting too much of a Phil Collins vibe.”
Once the trio tagged in Jeff Savage on drums (another find from Kijiji), the group was able to settle into the early stages of their atmospheric, dreamy pop punk sound, name dropping influences like Thrice and Slowdive. Despite not having a full body of music released into the world just yet, Backcurrents have been sampling singles via their Facebook page paired with lyric videos they’ve created. Attracted to incorporating visual arts, the band uses projections at as many live performances as they can. The effort hasn’t gone unnoticed by artist development company YEG Music. Voted “Band of the Month” for September, the group has been steadily working toward a debut EP, which they hope to have completed as soon as possible.
“It’s all a process,” Mckenney says.
“When you get four creative minds together, it sometimes takes time to get to a place where we’re all comfortable. As much as we’re all artistically driven to get our own way, in a way, we’re all understanding of what needs to get done and happen to keep momentum going.”
With two singles out, “The Water” and “Castles,” the band still seems to be finding their distinctive sound, tip-toeing around some elements of shoegaze laced with gripping guitars and emotional vocals.
“We’re all over the place trying new things and new genres,” concludes Kusiak. “It’s all just growing pains at this point.”
Backcurrents play October 21 the Forge on Whyte (Edmonton) with Kane Incognito (who will be celebrating an album release), Mike Nash and Double Double.Backcurrents, Double Double, Forge on Whyte, Kane Incognito, Mike Nash, Pop Punks