“It is so refreshing to see Monster Truck out there tearing it up…every night. Gig after gig. It’s nice to see that vibe still exists. It’s a lost art. Real deal. Familiar. Comfortable. Like an old pair of gig boots or sweaty pig sex with an ex girlfriend.” – Mike Inez (Alice in Chains)
The term Rock n’ Roll gets thrown around pretty haphazardly. One can go as far as stating it’s been bastardized to the point of being unrecognizable, ironically shouted on stages worldwide, and classified dead or MIA by the very musicians that once upheld its standard.
Enter Monster Truck. There’s something comforting about a band name that delivers exactly what you expect to hear. Born in 2008 from the ashes of various Canadian Indie bands, Monster Truck began as a sonic affront to the very industry its members were bred from. After feeling more like cogs in the music industry machine, Jon Harvey (bass & lead vocals), Jeremy Widerman (guitar & vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ & vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums & vocals) broke free to forge their own path, answering only to themselves. “We just wanted to mix all of our favorite hard rock, punk and classic rock favourites into something raw and basic,” states Widerman.
What started as a fun and albeit ‘selfish’ musical side-project, quickly gained momentum and took on a life of its own. Monster Truck self-released a self-titled EP in 2010, followed up with a second EP titled The Brown EP in 2011, which garnered the band two top 10 hits at Canadian Rock radio and unleashed their debut full-length Furiosity in 2013 on Indie powerhouse label Dine Alone Records.
Produced once again by JUNO award-winning Eric Ratz at Vespa Studios in Toronto and Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Furiosity debuted at lucky #13 on the Top 200 SoundScan chart, hit #3 on the German Rock/Metal club charts and earned the band two #1 singles at Canadian rock radio. The crushing first single “Sweet Mountain River” became the #1 most-played song at Canadian Active Rock Radio in 2013, held the #1 spot at Active Rock, Rock and Mainstream Rock radio for eight weeks and hit the Top 10 at New Zealand’s biggest rock station Rock FM. The follow-up single “The Lion” followed suit and was #1 for six weeks at Rock Radio.
In early 2013, a couple months prior to the release of their debut record, Monster Truck took home the JUNO Award (Canadian Grammy) for ‘Breakthrough Group of the Year’; an incredible feat for a band that had yet to release a full-length album. The unexpected, albeit deserved recognition, started a chain reaction of successes for the band. Since releasing Furiosity, the band has been featured in countless tastemaker publications, has had their tracks featured in video games, movie trailers and high-profile sporting events, and has received a vast number of awards and nominations both at home and abroad, including a second JUNO nomination for ‘Rock Album of the Year’ in 2014, 9 Hamilton Music Awards and a nomination for ‘International Breakthrough Artist’ at the Bandit Rock Awards in Sweden. Monster Truck’s unabashed dedication to creating killer riffs and putting every ounce of themselves into their show night after night, has created quite an impression not only with fans across the globe, but iconic rock
bands as well. In recent years, the band, which has been championed by the likes of Slash and Alice in Chain’s Mike Inez, has had the opportunity to tour alongside Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Alterbridge, Alice in Chains, Slash, Kid Rock, The Sheepdogs, and VISTA CHINO (Kyuss). Monster Truck has also performed at a number of popular festivals including Download Festival, Bonnaroo, Welcome to Rockville, Rock on the Range and Edgefest. For the rest of 2014, Monster Truck will continue doing what they do best, steamrolling from town to town leaving legions of fans in their wake.
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