Articles in Rock n Rolla
At only 22, Care Failure has the rock scars to back a claim to fame. Plucked off the streets and out of the depths of drug addiction five years ago by the former president of EMI, Failure is a self-admitted “mess.”
The band has to date sold four million copies of its debut, The Sickness, and watched its last three releases – Believe, Ten Thousand Fists and 2008’s self-produced Indestructible – top Billboard’s album chart.
For nearly two decades Live have remained relevant to their fans, and sustained what Kowalczyk calls “the innate chemistry of a four-element unit,” formed when the 30-something-year-olds were still high school students.
When Justin Morneau stepped to the plate at the 2007 home run derby in Yankee Stadium, Paralyzer by Finger 11 was playing over the loudspeakers. The Burlington-bred brethren have come a long way.
Many claims can be levelled at metal: Too loud, too angry, too hollow. Since its inception, the genre has been wrongfully seen as Satan’s saxophone, an instrument with which to craft ungodly melodies.
Between 2003 and 2005 the band played 400 shows. The Trews have been tearing across Canada’s countryside like John Diefenbaker on the campaign trail. They’ve been called the hardest working band in Canada.
Neil White and Jahmal Tonge utilize a style that sees them swimming upstream. Collectively known as The Carps, White and Tonge practice an art aptly known as eardrum unorthodoxy.
In a Northern Ontario community of 55,000 on the shores of Lake Nipissing, a fishing guide, an electrician, a product specialist and a former postal worker live by a code that is as Canadian as bartering beaver pelts.