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The Galacticats to blend blues with garage rock and a lot more

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While Guelph based band the Galacticats have a name more apt to a surf band, they started off as a blues band and eventually turned into a garage  rock band that  blends all of those influences and much more.

The Galacticats play the Slice, June 17. Photo Submitted You can hear them for yourself at the Slice, June 17 with guests to be announced.

They are enjoying their first tour outside of the Guelph and southern Ontario despite being stuck in Schreiber with a broken down van.

“It’s been really great so far. We’re playing a  a lot of places we haven’t been before,” said lead singer/ bassist Vanessa Tignanelli waiting for that precious part to come in for their van so they can make it to their Winnipeg show.

“We played North Bay and Barrie and a new festival in Sault Ste. Marie called Lobstock, ” she enthused.

Kieran Lehan formed the band back in 2013, but was immediately taken by Vanessa Tignanelli's voice.

 “ So we put a bass in her hand and asked her to join the band,” he said. Alex Harris and Ross Baird complete the band’s line-up.
Lehan noted the band began as a traditional blues band, but soon expanded their sound.
 The band  released their self titled EP this year.

“They took their time rehearsing the songs and touring.


“ I”m really glad we waited, because we’re really proud of  these songs,” Tignanelli said.
 They are excited to play Lethbridge.

“ Tyson Wiebe ( of local bands  Planet Telex and the Atomicos) put this show together for us.  So we’re excited to meet him,” Tignanelli said.
“ A Galacticats show is just like a party,” she said.

“We want people to just have a good time, have a beer, party and have a good time,” she said adding the Galacticats have a strong ability to read their audiences.

“He have a lot of different influences. So it’s never the same,” Lehan said.

“We have about 40 songs we can choose from,” he said.
 There is a five dollar  cover for the show.Local country and roots band the Dearly Departed ( Evan Hebst: Bass ; Dane Alexander: Drums ; Devin Gergel: Lead Guitar ; Megan Brown: Violin ; Steven Foord: Mandolin/ Vocals ) will be opening the show.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 15 June 2015 10:16 )  
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