(Intro Paragraph by Karen McKenzie)
Mary's Gunns consists of:
Wesley Sheppard - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Kylan Prince - Bass, Vocals
Karson Archer - Keys, Vocals
Corey Bryant - Drums, Vocals
- How did you all meet and what year was Mary's Gunns formed?
Well, we met at elementary school in about grade 7, (Corey, Wes, Kylan) we all liked music and played instruments so we played a song together, the only song we knew was "Bad To The Bone". We played it at our grade 7 talent show and it rocked hard, we went our separate ways for 2 years only to find ourselves to rock with each other again. Corey and I met once again playing hockey together and started jamming hard, and Kylan then came into the pic shortly after while talking at our local skate park, saying we should get the band back together so we did... and the rest is history. The core of the band (Wes, Kylan, Corey) has been together for about 12 years , going through many 4th members over the years (too many to list). We have had our current guy, Karson Archer, for about 3 years rocking the stage with an organ from hell!! We all knew Karson from high school and hockey for a long time, so we knew it'd be a solid fit.
Corey went to school at VCC for various courses in music, like drumming and composition. Kylan takes various lessons for guitar and mandolin.
Wes-man hasn't had much lessons, some vocal lessons and a couple guitar lessons a long time ago, but mainly self taught.
Karson, same with mostly being self taught.
- Is there a particular moment/event that sticks out in your mind as an undeniable high-point in performing?
Not really, there has been lots of great shows in the past, really the high point is seeing everyone enjoying themselves, and when you get to see that, you just get a high better than most drugs could ever do for ya.
Well, I believe it was back in 2006, we won a competition called Fan Wars, it was over a series of shows, the winners would get $1000 in recordings and tattoos and all this other crap, only to get none of it, and the guy that put it on ran off with all the cash so that sucked...
How many times a day do you guys wank it? Is it a lot? I think it's probably a lot.
Well, I know Corey and Kylan both have girlfriends so their wank-off ratio is a lil lower, but Karson puts in a solid once a day performance, and well, I just wanked while writing this interview so ya... there really is no limit when it comes to wanking it, whenever there's some free time or get a lil bored... shit, why not? It's right there, might as well put in a lil work...
- What is your opinion of the current struggling Vancouver rock scene and what would you suggest be done to improve the situation for aspiring musicians?
The rock scene isn't awesome, most bars prefer Top 40 bands or DJs and shit like that, my suggestion would be to have better promoters at venues and for people to go out and enjoy some live music once in awhile.
Yes, we have been going to Alberta quite a bit lately, and it seems people enjoy their live music a lot there, especially the smaller towns, cause they don't get bands that often. There hasn't been much lows because us boys just like to have fun, no fights yet, but I'm sure they'll be a few in the future, I sure hope so...
- What are your short-term goals for this coming year concerning gigs, tours, writing, recording, and promotion? What solid plans do you have and do you have anything still in development?
We are most likely going to be touring about once a month, heading east for weekend shows and such. We are currently working on new material and hoping to get another album on the go for the summer.
- Do you have anything you want my readers to know in addition?
Because i'm high because i'm high because i'm hiiigh! ba da da da ..da da
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