By Tory Rosso
CALGARY – According to their bio, The Varmoors hail from “tropical Calgary,” have beach boy hearts and approach their music with an optimistic glass half-full, nonchalant mentality that puts the listener at ease in their presence. That they’re a circle of close friends also adds to their sunny disposition.
“We started the band a couple years ago, but we go back to elementary school. We were all friends through skiing and ended up partying together and becoming a tight crew. We all lived in the Varmoor House,” explains Nick Styles, the band’s vocalist and guitarist. The clubhouse, located on Varmoor Road in the suburbs of Varsity Acres, is where the band is loud and proud to be from.
“Some of us played instruments, some of us didn’t. We figured we would start a band and have some fun!” says Cam Duncan, one three guitarists in The Valmoors who possess a camaraderie that manifests into a democratic crew of songwriters. “It’s a collective process. Someone may write a riff and someone else will come in with lyrics. We jam our ideas out and everyone is involved.”
Sharing a love for legendary rock artists like Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, the sounds of yesteryear are evident in The Varmoor’s music. Flowing off their new album, These Days, they interweave summery, surf vibes with that wild ‘60s-era energy which embraces an exciting but loose, feel-good message. One listen and you’ll find yourself whisked away by sound that’s as welcome as a chinook breeze on cold winter day. All that’s missing is the slice of lime in your bottle of Corona.
“It’s insane how much fun we have,” Styles affirms. “Every time I come home from a show I feel like I’ve done every drug under the sun. The high is insane after a show!”
The Varmoors album release with Ashley Hundred and In Search Of Sasquatch takes place on Feb. 23 at The Palomino (Calgary)Ashley Hundred, In Search Of Sasquatch, The Varmoors