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Secondhand Habit can’t be kicked.
The band that uPlaya Blog called “living proof” of “Canada becoming a new breeding ground for up and coming indie bands,” is bringing their smartly irreverent alt-rock across the country on a tour that includes Canadian Music Week showcases, with proceeds to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Playing songs from their EP, Anaphylactic Rock, as well as fresh off the rehearsal-floor offerings from their new, harder-rock incarnation, the band is poised to gain traction with an edgier, more complex take on their distinctive sound.
Matt Baggins of Two Guys Metal Reviews said:
“Anaphylactic Rock... captures all of the magic of their previous releases, reach[ing] out and touch[ing] the soul...[with] a clear artistic direction defined by beautiful lyrics and melodic riffs that you can get lost in.”
and called their approach:
“loud and proud, fun loving dedication [with] an intellectual power... and [a] deeply personal artistic statement.”
Formed in the Fall of 2010, Secondhand Habit immediately stood out with their reckless youth anthem sound. Their first release, Badass, made fans and reviewers sit up and listen with rebellious, humorous and poignant lyrics.
Striving for Mediocrity, their 2012 sophomore effort, showed off the band’s musical and personal growth with more complex themes.
Over the next two years, lead singer Tenzin Sperl, who left the band to pursue other opportunities shortly after SFM, was replaced by Cody Vandal, and Secondhand Habit went through an upheaval of line-up changes, the music maturing and evolving with each formation. The current cohesive line up, hailing from all corners of the country, consists of Jon Yellowlees - Lead Guitar, Cody Vandal - Rhythm Guitar / Vocals, Jesse Turner - Bass, and Skyler Wilson - Drums.
The music, post Anaphylactic Rock release, draws on influences such as Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, and Kyuss. It induces a kind of hazily recollected nostalgic mood, within its driving melodic rock, which evokes both the twisted personal narratives of life and the fun of a large unruly crowd. Lose yourself in the sound a few times, and eventually, you will just want to learn the words.