Written by Sinead Farrelly.
Photo by Chelsey Bigland.
I first met Brenden of Craters at Parallel 49 – well kind of. I met him at a show at Pandora’s Box and we went to Parallel 49 to pick up his friend who works there, who also happened to be one of my friends.
“It’s my favourite brewery. I mean, I’ve been to a bunch of different breweries, especially lately. All their beers are awesome. It’s close to my jam space. The staff are awesome, except Ben,” (our mutual friend). Just joking Ben; we love you really!
Opening a restaurant in 2008 that thrived as a go-to spot for craft beer enthusiasts, Mike, Nick, and Anthony quickly turned their attention to opening up their own brewery. Teaming up with Graham With and Michael Tod, the 5 set out to create what Parallel 49 is today.
“Everybody is pretty cool and, because there’s a jam space around the corner, there’s tons of musicians here and friends come here all the time.
“Me, Chris, and Dave used to play in another band, which is pretty much the same band. We played different stuff, and so, when we were doing that, we didn’t have a bass player so I switched to bass but still had my guitar and switched it down and wrote a bunch of songs. We found Ethan a few weeks later, not even that long after we started.”
The guys met Ethan at their old jam space where he was jamming with his other band. Brenden and Dave’s friendship, however, has been lifelong. Knowing each other since the age of 2 because their parents were friends, they used to run around together as kids (causing all sorts of mayhem, I assume). Drifting apart due to attending different schools, they met again as teenagers when Dave went into Brenden’s workplace and got talking about music.
“I progressively got more into doom and sludge and stuff like that. We were doing, like, stoner metal, like Sleep. We were too B-Standard and we were, like, it needs to be heavier and lower and louder. And we wanted to write longer, more progressive, posty songs, so we ended up writing a 20 minute song, and a 15 minute song, which will be our first EP. We’re going to start recording early spring.”
Heading on tour in March to Victoria and Nanaimo, and fresh off of supporting Karma to Burn, Craters, a blistering, instrumental, post-doom metal 4-piece, consists of Ethan (bass), Dave (guitar), Brenden (guitar), and Chris (drums).
Big things are heading their way this year with opening shows lined up with touring bands when they come through Vancouver. No names announced yet, so nobody gets in trouble.
Check out Craters’ facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CratersofDoom and head on over to their bandcamp to have your mind blown http://cratersdoom.bandcamp.com/
PARALLEL 49 BREWING COMPANY
1950 Triumph Street