By Aurora Anderson, February 7 2017 —
Formed in December 2015, The Fatal Pursuit is a hard rock combination of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dylan Lock, lead guitarist Shayne Dunbar, bassist Braden Massey and drummer Chase Hamilton. Lock, Dunbar, and Massey all grew up together in Airdrie. They went their own ways for about a year after high school before deciding to rent a house together and start the band.
Massey is currently a Haskayne School of Business student at the University of Calgary. He says learning to play music has allowed him to grow as an individual.
“It’s a really intimate, introverted experience. You can sit in your room and play your guitar for two or three hours and you’re in your own world,” he says. “As you get better, your world kind of expands. Then, when you link up with other musicians that do the same, it becomes something that’s very fulfilling.”
Massey says the rock scene in Calgary is falling behind due to the popularity of indie and pop in the community.
“It’s a little out of order right now. It’s dominated by one or two genres, Calgary is a really artsy city with a lot of artistic people and we want the scene to reflect that,” he says. “We want to be unique [and] part of a movement that revitalizes the music scene.”
Massey hopes the band can provide another source of entertainment for the city.
“Calgary has always been home for us, we feel like we would be better off playing in it,” he says. “A lot of people like going to concerts with their friends and I want us to be that band that everyone wants to go see.”
The Fatal Pursuit have released a demo of three songs, which was mostly used as a “disc business card” to book shows at local venues. They also independently recorded a full-length eight-track album. One track, “Drown the Heart,” is available to stream online. The band is planning to release another song in February before dropping the full album in March.
“We’ve had a lot of good times, like in the studio, when we rented the studio for two weeks we were there until 2:00 in the morning recording, tracking and ordering pizza,” Massey says.
The Fatal Pursuit will host an album launch party at the Blind Beggar Pub on March 31.
For more information and to listen to tracks, visit the band’s Facebook and SoundCloud pages.
For more information, visit soundcloud.ca/the-fatal-pursuit