Combine the words â€œdepartureâ€ and â€œarrivalâ€ and you have Langley five-piece band, Derrival.Â Although, they’ve been at it since 2009, Derrival shows no signs of leaving anytime soon.Â Rather, it seems that the time for their experimental, prog-rock has just arrived as they quickly gain popularity and listeners throughout the Lower Mainland with their catchy and relatable tunes.
Consisting of members Adam Mah (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Glen Jackson (lead guitar/vocals), Dan Kozlowski (drums), Deven Azevedo (bass,vocals), and Shane Stephenson (keys,vocals), Derrival, unlike most young bands, allowed themselves and their sound to evolve and grow before heading into the studio.Â Just late last year, they released a haunting five-song EP â€œWhere Thereâ€™s Smokeâ€ inspired by â€œsenselessâ€ arsons in their hometown, easily resonating with locals, and, aware of the recent vinyl trend, also released an upbeat, addictive two-track 7-inch vinyl called â€œThe Autumn Game/Modern Age Kids,â€ shortly after. Â This groupâ€™s talent and familiarity with events occurring around them has not only led to the success of both EPs, but also landed them a spot in the Top 3 of this yearâ€™s province-wide youth band competition â€œBCâ€™s Best Teen Bandâ€ hosted by Youthink Magazine. Throughout the month of online voting to narrow down the Top 10 into the Top 3, Derrival was constantly able to maintain a top three spot and even encouraged fans to vote for them by posting a short video every day; something that no â€œBest Teen Bandâ€ participant had ever done before.
Seeing as they will be sharing theÂ stageÂ Friday, June 15, 2012,Â at the Rio Theatre with critically acclaimed Vancouver acts, Young Pacific and Good for Grapes, it isnâ€™t difficult to imagine this tight group of five being big in the future.Â Their ability to create music that not only gets stuck in your head after the first listen, but also carries meaning is a talent musicians years older than these young men strive for. Derrival is definitely a band to keep your eyes on. If their contagious tunes donâ€™t get you, their equally contagious personalities and stage presence definitely will. When Said the Whale drummer, Spencer Schoening, was asked by The Province what local artist he loved to listen to and why, he answered, â€œDerrival. Because they make me feel like itâ€™s Summer.â€
Get to know Derrival:
Bandcamp – www.derrival.bandcamp.com
Twitter – http://twitter.com/Derrival
Photo by Adam Blasberg