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Bucket Truck: 1996-2007 -saying goodbye

Mar. 20th, 2007 | 10:56 am
posted by: immorak in _buckettruck_

We played our first show May 1996 with sHEAVY at the Star of the Sea Hall in St.John's Newfondland, we will be playing our last show May 2007 at Junctions in St. John's Newfoundland.

11 years of wonderful times and music we love.

We grew together over these years as people and as song writers and really didn't feel complete until we made Favour the Bull in 2003. We have been very fortunate, played a lot of cool shows, traveled all over the world and met a lot of radical people.

We are happy with our over the top self righteous decisions to keep our music and turn down all the offers that came our way (especially since Favour The Bull), even perhaps to the detriment of more wide spread success. I guess success is how you gauge it; we feel successful having made our own videos, doing things the way we wanted and surrounding ourselves with good, honest people.

All is well between us, no drama, it's just time, we feel that Bucket Truck has run its course. Myself, Mike Rizkalla and Mike Rowe have been writing and recording music and the new project is called "The Lost Republic", we will spend the next year in different parts of the world working on the album and plan to release something early 2008. We will keep you updated through this page and a Lost Republic myspace page so please stay in touch, it's on our top 8 right now so add us if you like.

Thanks to anyone who ever came to a show, bought some shit, told a friend about us, lent us gear, lent us an ear, gave us a show, a floor to sleep on or a kind word to get us through the low times. From the bottom of our hearts, thanks for making 11 years in a band not only possible, but an amazing way to spend a third of our lives.




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Nov. 15th, 2005 | 01:53 pm
posted by: immorak in _buckettruck_

Hey gems and germs, sorry for the duplicate email – some bugs with our systemJ hopefully you will be able to read this one.

Just a quick reminder that our Atlantic Canadian CD release tour begins today; Squid’s arm has (almost) healed, Walter has arrived in Halifax, it has been a LONG LONG LONG 2 years waiting to be able and play these shows with the new CD in hand, it feels good, I imagine it’s the way Kenny Rogers felt when he first got a piece of Dolly Parton back in the day. “Islands in a stream that is what we are”.

If you are near by any of these shows, come on out and say hello…at the very least you DO NOT want to miss Walter Schreifels kick it solo style. You guys know Walter right? Walter is known for making some great music over the years and will be performing some Quicksand, Rival Schools , Gorilla Biscuits tunes along with new material from his band Walking Concert at 14 shows over the next 9 days with us on tour:

· November 15 Fredericton, NB @ The Cellar
· November 16 Bathurst, NB @ The Megalodon
· November 17 Charlottetown, PEI @ St. Pius X Hall (all-ages)
· November 17 Charlottetown, PEI @ Myron's
· November 18 Halifax, NS @ The Pavilion (all-ages)
· November 18 Halifax, NS @ The Attic
· November 19 Saint John, NB @ Saint John High (all-ages)
· November 19 Saint John, NB @ Tapps
· November 20 Bathurst, NB @ The Megalodon (all-ages)
· November 20 Moncton, NB @ The Paramount
· November 21 Kentville, NS @ Kentville Fire Hall (all-ages)
· November 22 Pictou, NS @ Pictou Youth Centre (all-ages)
· November 23 Sydney, NS @ Steelworkers Hall (all-ages)
· November 23 Sydney, NS @ The Upstairs

Speaking of Walter, the song he added guest vocals to on our new album has been plugged into rotation on Q-104 in Halifax-go figure…Bucket Truck on the radio…kinda like Julia Roberts getting married to Lyle Lovett, its possible, you just never think of the two together.

Request “Separate, Silence” often if you wanna be cool:

Also call or email your fav local campus station, they ALL have our Favour The Bull and its just waiting for you to ask it to be heard, now that seems like a more normal relationship Bucket Truck and campus radio…kind like Oprah and thousand dollar bills, ya dig?

Ok, we hit the road in a few hours, hope to see everyone soon…..we will be hitting Ontario and Quebec Early in the New Year. The album is available online if you are having trouble finding it in stores:

Keep asking your local stores to order it, it’s been working wonderfully! Come on over to the message board and say hello or check out the new Big Lebowski influenced clip that some crazy kid made. Or we can always chat about how the American government and media use their opposition to gay marriage and other ridiculous topics they sound so moronic talking about to try and take focus off the war…either way, we’ll yackJ

See you in our dreams buttercups,

=da truck

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Bucket Truck in Halifax!

Nov. 9th, 2005 | 09:25 am
posted by: immorak in _buckettruck_

Fri, Nov 18
All-Ages: Bucket Truck + Walter Schreifels + Athaliahs @ The Pavilion. $7/7pm

Fri, Nov 18
Bucket Truck + Walter Schreifels @ The Attic. 11pm

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Bulldozers -- Bucket Truck in The Coast!

Oct. 24th, 2005 | 11:12 am
posted by: immorak in _buckettruck_

Three years in the making, Bucket Truck's Favour the Bull is finally in stores, on the band's terms. Chris McCluskey grabs the horns.

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If you ask Matt Wells how much integrity there is in the music industry, he will tell you there is an equal number of those with it as without it. But faced with a choice, the Bucket Truck frontman chooses substance—and, consequently, deep debt—over style.

With their latest release, Favour the Bull, the Newfoundland-bred, Halifax-based band looked at what was on the table from major labels before rejecting the outside means of financial support, which were accompanied by creative constraints.

"We were made an offer for the worldwide rights of the band over three albums, with a promise of some tour support, and some marketing dollars," says the explosive singer for Atlantic Canada's foremost punk/metal group. "They offered to buy Favour the Bull for basically pennies, release it in Canada right away with no talk of priority for release in any other markets. A couple of larger indie labels also approached us, but nothing was really appealing."

The cost of this control hit the band hard in their pocketbooks.

"We really broke ourselves with this album. Bank loans, credit cards, personal savings, you name it," says Wells, who is also the east coast videographer for MuchMusic's Going Coastal. "We poured our hearts into making it happen. Why would we just hand it over to someone who didn't even offer us 50 percent of the money we had personally dished out?"

Released September 27 on MySpace, Bucket Truck's long-awaited third full-length—their last was 2001's Waiting to Talk—arrived in stores on Tuesday. Favour the Bull is the blistering, long-awaited consequence of three years of truly independently created music and recurrent financial crises. Loaded with blazing but melodic guitars, aggressive bass and drum combinations topped off with Wells' inspired, open vocal approach, Favour the Bull will leave you fighting a losing battle to restrain yourself.

The process began with the band— Wells, percussionist Chris Hanley, bassist Dave Mullett, and the three Mikes (guitarists Rizkalla and Stewart, and drummer Rowe)— sequestering itself for three weeks in a haunted elementary school in rural Newfoundland community Pouch Cove, echoing the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik, recorded in a haunted mansion.

"The way that record was made was very appealing to us. We wanted to make an album exactly that way with no clock, and where everyone was together so ideas were always flowing," says Wells. "There were lots of weird things the first few days. Lots of gear just would not work and it didn't help our imaginations that the school was right next to a graveyard."

The origins of the producers also came into play on the recording. Bucket Truck finished the recording in Sweden with Pelle Henricsson, Eskil Lovstrom and Magnus Lindberg.

"Pelle and Eskil were the producers of the Refused album, The Shape of Punk to Come. Between the six of us there are only a few albums we all own, and that is one of them. We dreamed of being able to work with these guys," he says.

Bucket Truck also exercised their influence over their work in the video for the album's first single, called "I Am the New York Times." Released earlier this summer, the politically charged video is clearly influenced by Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," with extras holding placards emphasizing important lyrics in the song.

While Bucket Truck has no expectations for the commercial success of the record, the band that has shared the stage with the likes of Green Day, Slayer and NOFX feel they have made something that will stick in their fans' minds.

"The same way your favourite fast food joint spits out your weekly special combo in 30 seconds, so too does the music industry with a new 'artist' until the audience is hungry for something new," says Wells. "There are so many great bands, songs and shows we will never experience because of that mentality. And it's sad."

Nine years playing as a band and it is something Bucket Truck has come to accept.

"We have been added to large tours and then at the last minute replaced by an act with a label paying their way on, or replaced by another artist with a booking agent, or manager pulling in a favor," he says. "It's just funny to us now. All you can do is laugh and keep moving."


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Broken bones, new album, Off The Record and new video

Oct. 18th, 2005 | 02:40 pm
posted by: immorak in _buckettruck_

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Well……..the album we have been telling you about for 2 years, the album that everyone has been asking us about for 2 years, the album that has broken our pockets and consumed us since we started writing it in the summer of 2003 is in stores today-October 18th 2005.

It has really been a very difficult road for us, but the choice to turn down all the offers from record labels is one we are very happy with. We are sorry it has taken so long to get it out and for all the delayed release dates but things have just been so BIZARRE, everything that could go wrong-did.

Check this out-just in the past few months:

-August: Asked to tour country with KMFDM in Sept/Oct

-Release date pushed from August 30th to September 27th

-September:KMFDM dates fall through, leaving us with no tour dates for Cd release.

-Release Date pushed from Sept 27th to October 11th then to October 18th

-October 13th the albums arrive with the booklet pages printed in the wrong order, 1000 sent out to stores with this mistake.

-Oct 15th Squid falls resulting in a hairline fracture in his wrist and arm, we had to cancel our first few cd release shows. Toronto, St. Catharine’s and Charlottetown –WE OWE YOU!

NONETHELESS!!! The album is finally here and in stores across Canada or online at www.maplemusic.com. If your local store doesn’t have it ask them to order one for you, if you see it for more than 18 bucks please don’t buy it, tell us where it was and order it online instead.

Check out Matt on TSN’s Off The Record today at 6pm eastern time, he is in Toronto all day doing press: Much News, New Music and a bunch of others. There is a feature on us in this week’s Coast in Halifax and the tour in Atlantic Canada Nov 15-23 with Walter Schreifels is on! Check out Walter on track 4 and stay tuned for a new video in the works for “These Four Corners”.

With a new website there is always technical issues, we have worked a few bugs out and the website, seems to be back and the message board is up…..lets see your reviews of the new album!

Make sure to remember to pick up this record! If its not in a store near you – ask for it


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