By Patrick Saulnier
CALGARY – Time flies when you’re having fun! Three short years of kicking ass all over Alberta have gone by in a blur for Bazaraba. The Calgarian power trio started writing tracks on day one and haven’t looked back, earning a reputation for being loud, lively and high energy along the way. They don’t put much stock in gimmicks, and if you’re looking for a shiny new keepsake you’ve come to the wrong place. Bazaraba just wants to rock. Dishing out thick, heavy riffs that ride along grungy desert rock roads, they introduce vocals that have a throwback punk feel at times while getting straight to work hauling the dirt when the earthy grooves roll in. As they put it, the band has two gears, “Rockers and rollers.”
Veterans of bands including Triton, Arbitrator and Nosis, guitarists/vocalist Trevor Welsh, drummer Matt Procter and bassist Kellen Wyslouzil say the rising popularity and quality of so-called ‘stoner rock’ that has emerged in Calgary’s music scene has been a long time coming.
“In the last four or five years there’s been a tonne of good solid rock bands that have come out. It used to just be a lot of punk and metal, but Hypnopilot was playing some different stuff about 10 years ago, there was nothing else like that, and The Palomino sorta became the home base and foundation for the rock scene. We jokingly refer to it as Palomino-core!” Welsh explains. “Fast forward to today and we have bands like Chron Goblin that have come out and really helped a lot. It’s great to see those guys getting out and playing Europe. It definitely gives us hope and encouragement.”
Fittingly, on November 24th, Calgary’s Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club will be the setting for the release of Bazaraba’s debut work, an eight song long self-titled “Banger” on 180 gram vinyl.
“It’s a balls out record! Heavy. Rockin’. Balls out! We wanted to represent the live sound and that energy on the record, we give everything at the shows,” Wyslouzil adds.
Over a year in the making, the album was recorded and mixed by Public Lunch Studios. The band then looked to Tad Doyle, of the legendary Seattle ‘90s grunge group Tad, to take care of the mastering their scathing and raucous tracks; including gems such as “Tail Gunner,” “Granulator,” “River Runner” and “Emerald Sword.” There are endless ways to work through the creative process, and every musician will stand by their their own, Bazaraba found their stride by following the vibes that come out of jam sessions and building off them.
“We get together and just start jamming, and whatever comes out comes out, if we feel it we write on, and if not we just ditch it,” says Welsh, “Were not really ‘after’ anything, just wicked tunes.”
Humble to the core, Bazaraba are just stoked to take the stage and rock — any time, any place. If you’re in search of some to lift the spirit and numb the ears, find your way to the Palomino and pick up their new record. Let the power of Bazaraba compel you!
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