By Holly Miyasaki
Their very first performance together was at a competition that launched the careers of top Canadian acts like Bif Naked, Matthew Good and Nickelback.
theTURN had only been a band for six months prior to competing in the annual Seeds contest hosted by a Vancouver radio station. And they won.
“For it us it was like a deer in the headlights thing,” says Patrick Gavigan, lead singer for theTURN, adding they weren’t sure where to go from there.
But they got guidance from producer Frank Gryner, who has worked with Rob Zombie and A Perfect Circle, who discovered the band on MySpace and made contact.
“He heard a live track we recorded and…loved the music,” says Gavigan, adding it took nearly a year to actually get into a studio with the producer.
Gryner is based out of Los Angeles and, prior to recording, worked with the band using the phone and Internet to send tracks and revisions back and forth.
Finally, they met at Vancouver’s Factory Studios to record their first album, which is self-titled.
“It was awesome to be in that studio,” says Gavigan, adding the final product is one that reflects the band’s hard work.
“(We’re different because) of our attention to detail and musical composition,” says Gavigan, pointing out three of the band’s members have all studied music at school. “We’re really meticulous about practice and work ethic.”
What works well for theTURN, as an indie band, is the Internet for selling its music.
“You don’t have to rely on labels anymore,” says Gavigan, adding the band is currently working on its second release. “No one is buying physical CDs anymore.”
theTURN performs at Doc Willoughby’s Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. This is their second time to the city this year. Gavigan says “the vibe was great,” last time and he’s excited to perform in the area again.