Monday, August 11, 2008

A band a day...Art of Dying

Art of Dying is the story of David slaying Goliath.

In 2007, they put out their debut record and have been gaining airplay and sales even though they are an independent artist.

Art of Dying is:
Jonny Hetherington: Vocals
Greg Bradley: Guitar
Tavis Stanley: Guitar
Cale Gontier: Bass 
Jeff Brown: Drums

Jonny and Greg used to be in a project called Sunlikestar in the early 2000s. Sunlikestar did have airplay on Muchmusic in their native Canada, but the project fell through in 2004. 

Enter Art of Dying. They put out their debut record in 2005 and decided to change their sound from electronica and industrial into something that was post-grunge drawing influences from Pearl Jam and Chevelle.

Even though the record has been out in Canada almost exclusively, it has gained enough buzz to earn them touring in the States including earlier this year with Disturbed.

Even though the band has had turbulent times changing members often, it seems as if recently they've come into their own recruiting Cale Gontier (cousin of Three Days Grace frontman Adam) and Tavis Stanley from the band Thornley.

And mark my words, this is definitely not the last you hear of this band.

Shaun Morgan, who's band Seether (who I'm sure many of you haven't heard of) had headlined a tour with Art of Dying and a performance of Alice in Chains' Nutshell influenced a future collaboration.

No word on when that collaboration will be put on an album, but I can guarantee...just like a DJ predicted that it would be a "grand-slam home run" when it does.

In the meantime, you ought to watch videos for Get Through This, Completely, and I Will Be There.

And to get an idea of what they sound like live, here are videos for Die Trying and Inside It's Raining.

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