by Slone Fox
VANCOUVER – For Vancouver-based metal band 2Shadows, standing out has never been an issue. With thick streaks of black makeup and more piercings than you can count on both hands, one would probably expect the quartet to sit around all day drinking out of skull chalices and just generally oozing metal out of their pores. According to vocalist Mike Horvath, however, that’s not necessarily the case behind the scenes.
“I do a lot of things that aren’t super hardcore,” says Horvath, who is a huge fan of both fishing and country music, a stark contradiction to the band’s entire essence. “Back in middle school, I used to read the dictionary. I love learning new words, and I didn’t realize how much of an effect that had on me later in life until I started writing.”
Inspired by bands like Slipknot and Five Finger Death Punch, the group’s first album Transference covers a wide spectrum of sound, making it more of a musical journey rather than just an album. While songs like “D.E.A.D (Man With No Face)” feature hypnotically eery riffs, 2Shadows also transforms their versatile sound in songs such as, “We Bleed the Same”, which leans more towards the melodic side of things.
While every band measures their success in different ways, 2Shadows has no set definition of what it means to “make it,” instead taking a modest approach to the whole experience:
“To just know that I’ve impacted someone’s life has always been my goal as a lyricist and as an artist. I want to affect people’s lives on a very personal level and a very positive level, and that’s when I’ll feel like I’ve succeeded in my mission to be successful in music,” says Horvath.
Having formed in 2015, 2Shadows has used the years since then to transform and perfect their stage presence into a sweaty, moshy soiree. The quartet will be showcasing their rowdy energy from coast to coast across Canada on the Feed the Obscene Tour, starting with a hometown kick-off date in Vancouver. For 2Shadows, a concert on their own turf is less of an event and more of a family affair:
“Everyone knows each other in the Vancouver scene, and it’s not one band against the other, it’s more like everyone comes together and it’s like a family almost,” says Horvath. “Everyone knows the different bands and that’s one of the reasons why I’m stoked for this kick-off show because it’s all of the biggest bands in Vancouver right now.”
2 Shadows is playing the 333 (Vancouver) on April 27th, Distortion (Calgary) on April 30th, the Smokehouse (Lethbridge) on May 18, Rendezvous (Edmonton) on May 23, alongside God Said Kill, Of Artistry, Anarcheon and This Gun for Hire.