Members: Tyson Yerex, Jeff Kalesnikoff, Dan Ball, Lewis Carter
Genre: Pop rock
Full-length recording: Working (2009)
Juror comment: Acres mix just the right amount of testosterone with pretty melody.
If what Jimmy Buffett says is true and your latitude really does determine your attitude the origins of Tyson Yerex, Jeff Kalesnikoff, Dan Ball, and Lewis Carter play a big part in the sound of Acres of Lions.
Carter is the lone native of Victoria in the group. Kalesnikoff and Ball hail from Nelson, while Yerex originates from Kelowna. They are vastly different communites, the biggest influence on the bands sound is not the birthplace of its members, according to Yerex.
Rather, he credits the punk scene of each community for playing a bigger role than probably anything else. We all came from punk rock bands in the past, so theres that energy for sure, he said. But if I had to describe it, Id say our sound is really just rock.
The groups live show bristles with energy, to be sure, but the degree of composure displayed over the course of Working, the groups smashing debut from last year, is also notable. It was enough to help earn a place in the Top 20 of the Peak Performance Project, a contest which drew over 400 entries from across B.C. The band was awarded $3,500 from the contest, which has been put into the recording of a new album due for a late March or early April release, Yerex said.
For us, it was an overwhelmingly positive experience, Yerex said.
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