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Bend Sinister back with new “Rock and Roll”

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It has been a busy couple of years for Vancouver progressive rock band Bend Sinister, who return to Lethbridge to play the Slice, June 22.

Bend Sinister returns to Lethbridge, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’s been two years since our last  album and we’ve been touring a lot— 15 countries, and before we knew it, two years had passed. So it’s about time we released new music,” said Bend Sinister guitarist Joseph Blood. He noted in addition to a lot of touring, they have been in the studio  doing a lot of writing for the follow up to their 2014 CD “Animals.”

“ We’ve got a new single coming out on Friday (June 10) called ‘Rock and Roll. It still sounds like Bend Sinister. In the last year a lot of older rock and rollers have passed away, so we wanted to pay tribute to them. We thought ‘Rock and Roll’ was a good way to do that,” he said.

“ We have a bunch more stuff recorded, but I think we’ll write some more,” he said adding they may release another single in the Fall about the time they start recording again, after a busy summer festival season.
 They have several out of the way festivals booked in the next couple of months.

“ We’re playing the North Country Fair in Slave Lake and Bella Coola which is in northern B.C. and ArtsWells  is in  central B.C. and a couple other club shows,” he continued.
He noted the newer members , drummer Nick Petro and trumpet/ tambourine player Kristy-Lee Audette are fitting in well with  Blood, frontman/ keyboardist Dan Moxon and bassist  Nick Petro.
“ They’re great people to travel with and to write with,” he said.

 Bend Sinister are excited to play some new material  in Lethbridge.


“We have a lot of songs we have recorded but nobody’s heard yet and lots of songs we haven’t even recorded yet, so this tour will be a bit of a testing ground for them,” he continued.

“ We’ll record a full length album in September and October  and hopefully release it in the new year,” he continued, adding they are also talking with record labels about the new CD.
“ In the meantime we’ll release singles.”

They are planning on releasing more singles and will be making videos for them as well.

“We have videos in the works as well. there’s a lot of really good production crews in Vancouver, so there are lots of options,” he said.
 He enjoyed his last visit to Lethbridge.
“ The last time we were there, the show turned into a big dance party in the parking lot  with music blasting out of the van and about 20 people dancing in the parking lot,” he recalled.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:52 )  
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