One Bad Son
One Bad Son
There must be something in the air that explains how Vancouver is once again producing great rockers with One Bad Son.  By spreading their vibes beyond the mountains and ocean across the country, the guys from One Bad Son are certainly hoping to make their mark in the musical landscape by releasing their very first self-titled album this month.  The singles Rustbucket and Retribution Blues have received a positive response from Canadian active rock radio stations with a heavy rotation of their music.  One Bad Son has recently been granted the opportunity to open for Godsmack, Buckcherry and Default, a perfect combination allowing them to expand their fan base.  For more information about this band and tour dates, visit:
Interview by: Valerie Bastien
Valerie: Please introduce yourself and describe the music you do and what your influences are.

Adam: One Bad Son is Kurt Dahl (drums), Shane Volk (vocals), Adam Hicks (guitars) and myself, Adam Grant (bass). We play straight ahead rock and roll. While our list of influence is a long one, a few notable ones include Led Zeppelin, The Who, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Chili Peppers and Metallica…

Valerie: You have just released your first album on 604 records; that is very exciting. How do you feel?

Adam: We've worked extremely hard making this record and could not be more proud of the outcome. The fact that 604 Records has jumped on board and wants to work together with us makes it even sweeter. 

Valerie: Your first single "Rustbucket." is currently in strong rotation at Active Rock and Alternative Rock stations across Canada. Describe your reaction the first time you heard your song on the radio; what were you doing?

Adam: Oh man, to be honest, I don’t remember what I was doing when I first heard Rustbucket. Probably driving? In saying that, we certainly don’t take it for granted. There is such competition for time on the radio and we take each spin as a victory!

Valerie: Tell me about the challenges of releasing a record?

Adam: Well, as I’m sure everybody knows, the music industry isn’t what it used to be. Obviously, the internet has totally changed the way music is distributed AND digested. Music, and massive amounts of it, is available at the click of a button so people tend to be completely overloaded with options. So, the greatest challenge in releasing a record is getting it noticed. I think the songs we wrote will speak for themselves, as long as they get a chance to speak.

Valerie: How are the writing responsibilities divided amongst the band members?

Adam: We write as a band. 100%. We are proud of that fact. Each band member contributes to both the song writing and whatever is required of their instrument. Writing is such an enjoyable process for us because we are best friends and we enjoy sharing ideas with one another.

Valerie: What is the heaviest song on the album?

Adam: There are a couple pretty banging numbers on the record. “True Grit” is the most up-beat track. However, “London Kills” has that slow, sludgy, heavy groove that weighs a thousand pounds. So to me, “London Kills” is the heaviest.

Valerie: Are there any ballads on the album?

Adam: I don’t know if I’d really say there are any ballads on the record. There are definitely some slower songs. I suppose “El Camino” would fall under that category. Our latest single “Scarecrows” is a bit of a slower song, but it still picks up a bit at the end. It’s kind of like a train that builds momentum.

Valerie: What song is the most special to you and why?

Adam: That’s a tough question to answer. They all mean so much to me in so many different ways. We have all grown to love this collection of songs. We created them and nurtured them into what they are now. It’s pretty darn special.

Valerie: Is there a song that wrote itself up really easily? In what circumstances did it happen and what inspired it?

Adam: One song that came together pretty quick was a song called “Retribution Blues”. It just sort of happened. We used to jam in the basement of this old house in Saskatoon and we were concerned that we were being too loud. So Kurt told us to play something and he would go outside to check how loud it was. When Kurt came back, he said “It’s pretty loud, but who cares. What was that riff?!” He was so excited and we turned it into “Retribution Blues.”

Valerie: What was the most valuable learning experience in recording this first album on 604 Records?

Adam: Not only did we learn how to refine our songwriting, but we also realized that putting a record together is no small feat. But the knowledge and experiences we’ve gained through this whole process really are invaluable.
Valerie: What are your future touring plans?

Adam: We’re always touring. Whether it’s trips from Vancouver to Saskatoon or one-off shows. We try to play as much as we can and have a few plans for the fall/winter that we’re pretty excited about. Without a doubt, we’ll be out there!

Valerie Bastien is a vocal coach, teacher, musician and freelance journalist.
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