Rock 'N' Roll Powerhouse
It's a formula that has proven successful time and time again: upbeat and funk-infused rock music, dedicated fans with an insatiable appetite for tasty licks, and a concert venue capable of holding it all in. And hey, a little alcohol and partying don't hurt, either. Shades of Gray know this formula well and often take time out of their school schedule to show the masses the possibilities of this equation. But what do Shades of Gray members Wes Gray, Neuman Gray, and Peter Gray (shockingly bearing the same last name) bring to this long-revered tradition of rock n' roll debauchery? What makes them so damned capable of infusing their many colourful influences of bands like Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers into a shade of gray uniquely their own? It's not an easy question to answer. However, their standings in band competitions and their ruthlessly devoted fan base prove that this band is committed to bringing an energetic atmosphere and hard-hitting music wherever they tread. In their native Calgary, Shades of Gray has a legion of followers that are unparalleled on the music scene. At their homecoming shows, such as a recent CD release party for their latest album "Rock N' Roll Powerhouse", the band was greeted with great enthusiasm by their vodka-wielding, abnormally loud fans. However, it is not only their faithful, hardcore fans that recognize the talent that the band possesses. While starting out in Calgary, they were also noticed and commended in various band competitions. They were awarded 1st place in The Annual Central Memorial battle of the bands, 2nd Place the Yamaha/Supernova Last Band Standing Finals, 2nd Place at the Virgin Rock Music Competition, and 2nd Place in the War of the Worlds battle. A certain appearance on City TV's program "Wired" featured as one of Calgary's most successful bands certainly helped their "street cred", as well. They have been experienced at multiple venues around the city, including MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Max Bell Arena, the Calgary Sun Center, and The Gateway. For their older fan base, they played numerous clubs and bars around the city such as The Tequila, The Stetson, Ceilis Irish Pub, The Back Alley, Sambuca, and The Grey Goose Lounge. The move to Vancouver and the addition of drum-veteran Peter Ottis brought forward a massive change for the band. It's chemistry reached new levels as they wrote and performed more zealously than ever before. However, two essential aspects that didn't change were their success and their reputation. They performed on numerous occasions at both the University of British Columbia as well as Simon Fraser University. The Shades were also a presence in the Vancouver club scene, playing The Standard, The Pit, Koerner's Pub, The Railway Club, and the Buffalo Club. They were selected as one of the four finalists in the UBC annual university-wide battle of the bands. This is also significant because this competition accepted a record-high number of entries, totalling nearly one hundred. The past year has been a busy time, as they have completed a DVD as well as their 6th studio album, 'Rock n Roll Powerhouse'. The CD is now available worldwide, so get yours today!