Getting to Know: Aggressive Indie act, The Sole Pursuit
In today’s Getting to Know, we meet aggressive indie rockers, The Sole Pursuit. Together, the band wants to summon a pack of pigeons to take down Kings of Leon. If you are an indie artist or in an indie band that would like to partake in a Getting to Know feature, contact email@example.com to receive the questionnaire and instructions. Thanks!
Band Name: The Sole Pursuit
Band Members: Kyle Dawe (lead vocals, guitar), AJ Perry (lead guitar, vocals), Dylan Burrett (bass) and Adam Hay (drums).
Years Active: 2.5
City of Origin: Toronto, ON.
Latest Release: Ocean Floor EP. Debut album, Infinite Regress, is out in September.
Who are you and what do you do?
“We are The Sole Pursuit, a four-member rock band from the 6… also known as Toronto if you don’t speak Drake. We make loud good and good loud.”
In 20 words or less, how would you describe your band?
“We play aggressive indie rock with a dual guitar attack, equipped with more hooks than Bob Izumi’s tackle box.”
Why should people care about your band?
“Because you can’t afford to go see all your favourite bands (especially if they happen to be Coheed and Cambria, Muse or Biffy Clyro), so we wrap it all into one show. We’re all about rebuilding that bridge that used to exist between catchy indie tunes and heavy rocking out – we don’t believe the styles are mutually exclusive. We’ve got a couple killer EPs out, but our debut album Infinite Regress is dropping this fall and we’re convinced it will change the way bread gets buttered.”
What is the most hilarious, frightening, or weird thing you have seen from the stage or while on the road?
“We were in Pennsylvania for a few shows and a giant snowstorm hit. We got cut off from our bassist who was in the next town over, so we sent our drummer and driver out in the van to retrieve him. Next thing you know they’re stuck on the side of a mountain! We thought, ‘How bad could it be?’ and flipped on the news to the headline, ‘Two Thirds of Nation Suffering.’ Gulp. It was like a bad horror film: Attack of the Band-Guy Eating Blizzard. Eventually we got the drummer back, but our bassist had to wait it out in a McDonalds for hours before being rescued. Meanwhile we practiced bass lines at the hotel and had to make it happen as a three-piece that gig. We gave it 100%…75%, technically, but still.”
If you become a band that eventually fills stadiums or arenas, what would be the most ridiculous thing you’d require backstage?
“We’d like a stage backstage, so we could practice not getting liquefied by the pyro or crushed by the giant pig balloon. Know your marks!”
Which band could your band defeat in a street fight? What methods would you use to ensure victory?
“Used to think we’d slaughter Coldplay, but they’ve been big into Game Of Thrones lately, so who knows what kind of weaponry they have lying around. Have to settle for Kings Of Leon, and we’d use a flock of pigeons to form a perimeter…heard they run away from pigeons.”
What is the most pretentious thing you’ve seen or heard from another musician/band? Did you love it or hate it?
“TIDAL’s launch event. From Jack White acknowledging the existence of computers, all the way to Madonna mistaking a table for a saddle. It was supposed to be like The Avengers of Music coming to save the day but it felt like a Target vs. Walmart debate.”
How do you feel about smartphones lighting up concert venues instead of lighters?
“Can’t people just set fire to their phones and hold the burning plastic up? The fumes alone would help us save on psychedelic lighting, though we’d probably pull an Avicii and put everyone in the hospital. Medic!”
If you had to be a tribute act for just one band, who would it be and why?
“One Direction. But we’d lie and (attempt to) play Slayer covers instead… 1D fans deserve better. Bait & Switch!”
Is it better to burnout than to fade away?
“Well Motley Crue managed to do both. I think you got to keep it dangerous. If you constantly look like you’re about to burnout and take it off the cliff, but somehow its all holding together, people can’t look away.”
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