Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:00pm EDT —
Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:00pm EDT
While fans are immediately struck by the relevance of the evocative lyrics, they are ultimately won over by Michael Wood Band’s attention to all the elements that make for great music. The live show is pure energy, with animated guitar leads, melodic rhythms, and a seriously infectious groove. From Canada’s west coast, the four-piece features Michael Wood (vocals/guitar), Josh Weed (guitar/vocals), Jon Burgundy (bass/vocals), and Alex Campbell (drums/vocals). Dynamic guitar and driving rhythms power this refined alternative rock offering, providing a showcase for Michael Wood’s fresh youthful vocals and perceptive lyrics.
MWB’s first album “Occupy This” was released in May 2012. The band’s sound reflects multiple influences, and diverse topics, such as the Arab Spring (Should We Be Afraid), over commercialism (End of the World) and finding your own path (I Think I'll Just Go to Bed). “It's definitely got some political themes,” said Wood. “But we weren’t trying to communicate any specific message, just being conscious of what's going on in the world; being aware of our surroundings.” While often compared with artists such as Green Day, The Killers, and the Kings of Leon, “Occupy This” makes it clear that Michael Wood Band has a unique sound all its own.
The past year has been a busy one for MWB. Since releasing their first album “Occupy This”, the band has played everything from small charity shows to large festivals, including a performance at the Calgary Stampede and opening spots for Buckcherry, Platinum Blonde, Faber Drive and Prism “It’s really great to see people responding so positively to our music.” says Michael. “People hear the songs and see our video for the single “End of the World” and are really excited to have us out to play. It’s been really encouraging.“ One club owner raves “We had an incredible response from the patrons and staff which all had nothing but great things to say. We even had a few members of some other bands that play our venue and they were blown away by their ability and diversity.”
Response from industry experts has also been positive. Recently MWB was selected as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition from 20 thousand entries worldwide, nominated for two Vancouver Island Music Awards, and recognized as one of Victoria’s hottest bands of 2013 by Monday Magazine. Receiving radio play nationwide, MWB was voted New Artist of the Month on Ontario’s CKXS FM. Recorded at the Barn Recording Studio (Randy Bachman, Buffy Sainte-Marie) "Occupy This" continues to bring them new fans, proving that the MWB are as dedicated to writing and recording great songs as they are to playing an incredible live show.
Jon Burgundy - Vocals, Bass Guitar
Alex Campbell - Vocals, Drums
Michael Wood - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Josh Weed - Vocals, Lead Guitar
Occupy This (Released 2012)
How Does It Feel
Take It Slow
In Another World
Gotta Save Somebody
Should We Be Afraid
I Think I'll Just Go to Bed(Artist of the Month CKXS 99.1 FM)
End of the World
In Bad Light
Take Me Away