BUCKET TRUCK - (Mike Rowe, Mike Rizkalla, Matt Wells, Squid Mullett, Chris Hanley, Greg Webber)
-Formed in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1996
-5 self financed recordings
-6 self produced videos
-Handling everything on their own (Bucket Truck Records), while working days jobs to pay the rent.
A ferocious live show has earned them a cult like following on their countless tours.
Between ’96 and 2000 strong word of mouth helped them land on stages across Canada playing for crowds of up to 15 000 with bands like Filter, Our Lady Peace and Green Day – they were one of the only independent bands added to the first Summersault Tour in ‘98, and also landed dates on 2000’s Warped Tour.
Bucket Truck’s first national release “Waiting to Talk” was nominated for Canadian Music Week’s metal album of the year in 2001. The following 3 years they spent touring the country and shared stages with bands like DOA, Lagwagon, Fishbone, Slayer and Damage Plan. “Waiting to Talk” also spawned 2 self-produced animated videos that landed heavy rotation on video stations across the country. Their videos and album made their way around the globe on the Internet and further expanded the bands cult following not only in Canada but Europe and Japan.
Once the band was ready to start the journey of making a new album they discussed what they really loved about music and performing; they wanted to record with a producer with their same ideals, someone whom they had total respect for and could make part of their family. Eventually they met with Pelle Henricsson and Eskil Lovstrom, the same team who are responsible for the groundbreaking Refused album “The Shape of Punk To Come”, the connection was strong and the band new they had found what they were looking for.
In the early Autumn months of 2003 Bucket Truck set out on their biggest adventure yet which included a 4 week long trip to Umea Sweden, to work with Pelle, Eskil and also Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna), followed by a 3-week mobile studio recording session living and working with their dream producers in a haunted elementary school in Pouch Cove Newfoundland where they slept in classrooms made notes on chalkboards and cooked dinner together every night in the old cafeteria.
During this time Bucket Truck were immersed in songwriting and managed to record an album they had always wanted to make. The guys were also lucky enough to hook up with one of their favorite musicians- Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Rival Schools) who traveled to Newfoundland for the very first time to hang out and lend some vocals and inspiration.
Bucket Truck then recorded 2 new songs with renowned producer Joe Funderburk (Tomahawk) and released “The Republic” EP in late 2004. This EP includes the Funderburk songs as well as 2 songs from the Sweden/Pouch Cove Sessions. It contains over 40 minutes of extra visual footage and the EP itself spawned 2 new self-produced videos. (I am the New York Times and People are Watching)
After 2 years since recording a self-financed album that brought them to the brink of financial disaster, Bucket Truck are poised to release their much-anticipated new full-length album “Favour The Bull”.
It’s ironic that after 9 years of trying to make sense of this music business amongst dog and pony show industry showcases that were followed by rejections, offers and everything in between, the band have turned down one world wide and 2 American record deals, opting to release the album that they financed themselves on their own label - Bucket Truck Records.