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Edmonton Goth Rockers VAN HALST Release New Single ‘Save Me’; Toronto Dates @ Indie Week & Pinktober 5.0
October 16 – The Rivoli – Set time 9pm. (Indie Week)
October 16 – Coalition Bar – Set time 12:45AM – Event info here. (Indie Week)
October 17 – The Hard Rock Cafe for Pinktober 5.0 Set time 10:30pm *** all ages – Event info here.
Photo Credit: Renee Robyn
Making their first Toronto appearances at Indie Week on October 16th and Pinktober 5.0 on October 17th, Edmonton, AB’s VAN HALST is a fierce, empowering force of hard rock fused with metal. A project, which began as a solo artist for whom the band is named after — Kami Van Halst, has since become a full group producing socially conscious, lyrical tracks that focus on disenfranchised and marginalized populations.
Leading up to their performances in Toronto, the band has unleashed their first single ‘Save Me’ from their forthcoming 2016 album “World of Make Believe’, which will be performed live for the first time in Toronto.
Vocalist Kami Van Halst comments about the single:
“Save Me is about Religious Extremists. We chose it for our first single because it’s a statement piece. We wanted to come out with a bang and show everyone what we’re about. We’re very excited to release the song to the world.”
Also available on iTunes and CD Baby
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The band’s influences stay true to goth rock, Kami Van Halst demonstrates an agile vocal delivery in combination with pummelling growls. Lyrically, the band draws from black metal due to its focus on people suffering from isolation and rising to overcome the preconceptions of a judgemental society. In This Moment’s industrial fusion remains a primary influence for Van Halst, employing a sampler, synthesizer, and distorted vocals.
Kami Van Halst dominates as the vocalist performing both growls and soaring vocals (Surviving Suzanne), Scott Greene (Derina Harvey Band/Dirty Pool) and Strathon J. Bajowsky (Havok Way) craft the guitar work while Brendan McMillan (bass) (My Darkest Days) and Brett Seaton (drums) (Cultured by Fire) drive the rhythm section of the band. Kami’s range and virtuosic vocal ability always captivates an audience and her attitude on stage truly delivers the meaning behind the songs. The main writing forces for the band are Kami and Scott working together to give listeners a vivid image of social injustices. The band’s live performance is a theatric experience as the utilize full-costumes, make-up and stage props.
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“Van Halst’s musical aesthetic is a mix of Joan Jett, Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless and Shinedown.” – Cailtin Crawshaw, Work of Arts Blog
“Her music is in-your-face, rock and roll.” Leah Germain, The Sherwood Park News
“She is a rocker with a social conscience.” Enbridge Emerging Artist Award Write Up
“Kami is one of our heroes, she uses her music to give a voice to those who, at this point in their lives, aren’t heard.” – Alberta Primetime- Around Alberta Feature