October 12, 2016
Interview: Simple Plan, Under The Rockies
The 2016 Calgary Stampede seemed to be doomed with stormy weather, but iconic Canadian pop punk band Simple Plan had no problem singin’ in the rain. Under The Rockies sat down with guitarist Sebastien Lefebrve and drummer Chuck Comeau to talk about touring, their new album, and what it was like to work with David Hasselhoff.
Interview: Jocelyn Alice, Under The Rockies
During Jocelyn Alice’s last visit to her hometown of Calgary, we had the chance to sit down and chat with her about all things Calgary – from the Stampede, to the music scene, as well as what it’s like to be signed to a label and the high stakes of breaking into the American music industry.
Artist of the Month: The New Electric, Under The Rockies
Meet our June Artist of the Month, The New Electric! After working with producer Brian Howes to record their debut EP, we chatted with the band about their beginnings, their sound, and their upcoming ventures.
May 3, 2016
Male Musicians & Feminist Anthems, The Runout
In an age where feminism is becoming more and more mainstream, bands and publicists are seeing it as a marketing tool versus a social issue. In the past few months, I’ve received two press releases for bands that are comprised of white, cisgender men, promoting their new “feminist anthem”.
Artist of the Month: The Royal Foundry, Under The Rockies
Meet May’s Artist of the Month, The Royal Foundry! We talked to Jared and Bethany Salte about their art as a business, their PPP experiences, how they mix marriage and business and what they have planned next. April 2, 2016
Artist of the Month: AM Static, Under The Rockies
Meet our April Artist of the Month, AM Static! Nominated for Electronic Album of the Year at this year’s JUNO Awards, we talked to the duo about the nomination, their place in Calgary’s music scene, where they draw inspiration from and what they have planned next.
Interview: Melanie Martinez, Under The Rockies
Melanie Martinez captivated us while on The Voice and a while ago we were given the opportunity to talk to Melanie Martinez about her debut album, Cry Baby, the visual aspect behind her art and the and her plans to expand upon Cry Baby’s world.
March 21, 2016
Interview: Vance Joy, Under The Rockies
We sat down with Vance Joy when he came through Calgary in January. We asked the Australian musician how he’s dealing with Canadian winters, his tour openers, Calgary’s own Reuben and the Dark, and touring tactics.
Interview: Halestorm, Under The Rockies
Between their 2013 “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” Grammy win and Lzzy Hale’s stage presence, Halestorm is one of those rock bands you simply can’t ignore.
March 7, 2016
Artist of the Month: Marlaena Moore, Under The Rockies
Singing from personal experiences, each of Marlaena Moore’s songs contain rich imagery, giving you a visual aspect to go along with the music.
February 2, 2016
Artist of the Month: Wares, Under The Rockies
For those who know Alberta music, especially Edmonton music, you’ve most likely heard of Wares, Cassia Hardy’s musical project that doesn’t define itself to one genre.
January 27, 2016
Interview: Phases, Under The Rockies
Meet Phases, a band who, if you haven’t heard of them or their popular song “I’m In Love With My Life” yet, you’ll be hearing about them very soon.
January 6, 2015
Artist of the Month: Fist City, Under The Rockies
While Lethbridge still might be known as the city where Marilyn Manson was punched in the face at a Dennys, it’s also home to Fist City, our January Artist of the Month.
December 8, 2015
Artist of the Month: In Codes, Under The Rockies
Meet our December Artist of the Month: In Codes! From Calgary, we first heard about the then-trio when guitarist Ryan Mumby first sent us an email a few months back. We gave their music a listen, watched them open for Die Mannequin in September and decided they were a band we wanted to hear more from.
November 23, 2015
Artist of the Month: 36?, Under The Rockies
Meet our November Artists of the Month – 36?! 36? are the winners of last year’s Peak Performance Project and have since gone on to release an award-winning album, where do we go from here?, and a split with fellow Calgary band, The Ashley Hundred.
October 19, 2015
Interview: Gay Nineties, Under The Rockies
Under The Rockies’ Mary McComish talked to vocalist Parker Bossley and drummer Malcolm Holt on former band experiences, touring and about the band’s upcoming debut full-length record.
October 5, 2015
Artist of the Month: Reuben and the Dark, Under The Rockies
Meet our October Artist of the Month – Reuben and the Dark! Probably one of the biggest bands to come out of Calgary recently, Reuben and the Dark is a musical project started by Calgary musician, Reuben Bullock. I first became aware of them when I heard their single “Rolling Stone” on the radio but it wasn’t until I was invited, last minute, to a Boy & Bear show in October 2014 when Reuben and the Dark opened, where I really became a fan.
September 7, 2015
Artist of the Month: Dear Rouge, Under The Rockies
Fast forward to August 31, 2014, at Calgary’s X-Fest. Maybe it was having the full band with them versus a two-person acoustic set but this felt like a different band and I was very into it. I later saw them open for Mounties and Phantogram in December 2014 and, finally, Canada Day 2015, where Lauren Platt and I conducted this interview. Their performances are something you don’t want to miss and I’m excited to see what else they accomplish musically.
July 27, 2015
Interview: Scott Helman, Under The Rockies
Under The Rockies’ Mary McComish and Aya Nakamoto went and talked to Helman about what the Toronto music scene, what his favourite thing to do in new cities is and if he runs through the 6 with his woes.
May 27, 2015
Interview: Lights on playing Coachella, women in music and her impending acoustic release, Alternative Press
AP caught up with her backstage at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada during her stint opening for OneRepublic on their Native Tour. There, she gave us the rundown on her festival experiences, touring dreams, touring with a toddler, (her daughter, Rocket Wild Bokan, whose father is blessthefall vocalist Beau) and being a woman in the male-dominated music industry.
March 23, 2015
Interview: Beartooth, Under The Rockies
Under The Rockies saw Beartooth open for Silverstein’s Discovering The Waterfront 10 year anniversary tour. We chatted with Beartooth vocalist, Caleb Shomo, on their music, touring and what they think of their fans idolizing their favourite musicians.
December 22, 2014
Interview: Lights, Under The Rockies
We talked to Lights about her new album, Little Machines, her new baby and about her plans for 2015.
November 14, 2014
Interview: Major League, Under The Rockies
We caught up with Major League vocalist, Brian Joyce, when the band stopped through Calgary when opening for Mayday Parade on The Honeymoon Tour. We discussed how their Halloween was, their new album, There’s Nothing Wrong With Me (which is out now!), and what the band’s been like since former vocalist, Nick Trask, left.
October 20, 2014
Interview: PUP, Under The Rockies
Under The Rockies spoke with Steve Sladkowski about their upcoming tour, their insane music videos (have you guys seen “Reservoir”?) and if they’ve been watching Girl Meets World.
October 2, 2014
Interview: Taking Back Sunday, Under The Rockies
Mary McComish got to speak with Shaun Cooper about their current co-headlining tour with The Used, their new album, Happiness Is and what being back in the band has been like for him and John Nolan. Read the interview below.
August 26, 2014
Local festival brings back return of legendary Alberta band, the smalls, Notice Magazine
X-Fest has its biggest lineup yet with headliners such as Jack White and the Arctic Monkeys. Music fans were also excited when X-Fest announced the return of Alberta rock band, the smalls.
August 21, 2014
Local band paves way for Calgary music scene, Notice Magazine
White Chocolate Thunder sees a bright future for the pop-punk genre in Calgary. Mary McComish thinks they are a band worth watching.
October 9, 2013
Cancer Bats give knock-out performance, The Endeavour
JUNO nominated band Cancer Bats graced the bar with its presence last Saturday night, performing not one, but two full sets, one as the Cancer Bats and one as Bat Sabbath, the band’s Black Sabbath cover band.