Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile: Gravity Crash

Our second post on this triple post Saturday is here, and it's our latest Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile! Yes, our latest monthly look at a band that (though not local) features a local member is back today, and we have an interesting band today that's attained some quick success out west since their inception earlier this year! Let's begin, but remember, if anything's incorrect or missing from this profile, please tell me! (Updated, November 27th, 2013)
Gravity Crash (Lethbridge, Alberta)

Lineup: (Saultites in RED; members not in their last full lineup in italics)

Rob Morrison (vocals/rhythm guitar)
Paul Melanson (lead guitar)
Charlie Christensen (bass)

Eric Hamilton (drums)
Jordan Wildeman (drums)

Official Reverbnation page:

Local Info: The only Saultite in Gravity Crash was Paul Melanson, a veteran guitarist who you may remember from both local and Alberta-based bands! As he said on his personal MySpace page, Paul is originally from Sault Ontario, and he graduated from basement bands in his teen years to playing guitar (and occasionally singing) in bands like Malediction, Gutwrench, and Under The Gun. After a 5 year break due to personal commitments in the early 2000s, Paul's been back tearing it up in Alberta (where he now lives) in a few bands, including his own Daemon Rage project, the Caveman Morrison offshoot Igniter, Caste of Shadows, Metallica tribute band Damage Inc., and yes, Gravity Crash!

Band Bio: Named after a video game, Gravity Crash launched onto the Lethbridge rock scene in January 2011. The band featured veterans of Alberta bands like Sevendaysin, Igniter, and Double Jack, if you want a hint of what they might sound like. Gravity Crash have played a number of shows since their inception in the Lethbridge area, most notably at a series of battles of the bands being held at the area concert spot Average Joe's, where they won the right to open for Nazareth in July 2011 at their Lethbridge concert. Gravity Crash played more notable concerts through early 2012, and did some studio work in the process as well. After Paul left the band in September, Gravity Crash quietly deleted most of their online pages, and are currently presumed defunct.

From what I've heard of Gravity Crash, they had a nice melodic hard rock sound that fits with different crowds and genres to fit the setting they're in, and I like their versatility! Rob Morrison's vocals have a unique tone to them, but they flip from melodic to aggressive at the drop of a hat well, and the whole band has talent! Paul Melanson's guitar skills are clear, Charlie Christensen shows some nice work on bass, and the band appeared to have good chemistry! They'd have to, seeing as they opened for Nazareth in July, which must be huge for them! There isn't much online of Gravity Crash, and while Paul has uploaded a bunch of live (though cut up) videos of Gravity Crash in action from the Nazareth Battle of the Bands onto his YouTube channel, YouTube user 67beaumont67 did post two full live videos from December 2011, including this video of the guys playing their song "Run Johnny Run"!

I hope you guys liked this month's profile! So, who are we profiling next month in this series? For just the second time, we'll profile a solo project by a relocated Saultite, and in this case, it will be the solo work of now-Kitchener based guitarist Jeff Nisbet! He has some real talent, you guys should like this one! I tentatively have this plotted out for between June 7th and 13th, but this may change. Stay tuned tonight for our last post of the day, that being the one where we preview TOMORROW'S Half A Man concert and reveal the winner of the SMS March Mayhem tournament! Thanks everyone!


Anonymous said...

Gravity Crash easily won the battle of the bands to open up for Nazareth on July 19th at Average Joes in Lethbridge, Alberta. They also have some recent videos on their facebook page to check out!!!

Paul Melanson said...

A couple of links to the night we won the battle of the bands!