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Liftoff is a big-sound, high-energy alternative band that lives up to its name! Their charisma, catchy beats, driving guitar riffs and powerful vocals will boost your rockets and raise the roof! They have a huge Rock/Pop bent dusted with a cool Punk edge, and while the band members have some collective mileage under their black leather belts and silver chains, their songs are fresh, sometimes irreverent, and timelessly young. Their penchant for black eyeliner hints at their sense of emotive lyrics, yet belies the solid Alt-Rock foundation on which the band was built. This is not your father’s hair band, but if you’re into the unique sound of The Cure, My Chemical Romance and The Killers, then Liftoff is for you. With a knack for connecting with their audiences, Liftoff’s cheeky attitude, penetrating music and meaningful lyrics will get you dancing, smiling and maybe even up on stage!

The genesis of Liftoff began in 2010 when they exploded onto the Vancouver alternative scene with a powerfully melodic set of original songs that resonate with the times. They speak to a generation of indie band lovers with their relatable lyrics and stars in their eyes.

Influenced by big dreams, insightful observation, communication breakdown, lovers lost, and inspiration gained, Liftoff’s members have weathered the storms and transformed with the times of their lives. They sing about what they have experienced, how they feel about it, and moving onward and upward... And moving on they are; big time.

Lead guitarist Gord Gemmell, bassist Marc Boily, and drummer Shane Recsky, formed together to create Liftoff, adding rhythm guitarist Michael Aaron Keith, and talented lead singer Carmon Leeson, formerly of Morning Maker, to front the band. Leeson lends a massive amount of magnetism to the group as he belts out the pulsing tunes with pure passion and commanding megaphone antics, and is hugely entertaining as he struts and marches around the stage like a ringmaster, drawing the audience up close with persuasive beckoning and his high-wattage smile.

Liftoff is a favorite at both big stage music festivals and intimate venues alike. The Summer of 2012 saw the success of Liftoff’s US West Coast tour which began in Portland, followed by a trip to California for a performance at the Sunset Strip Festival, back up along the coast, and ultimately landed in L.A. for gigs at the famous Roxy and Key Club. The band will be heading South this March for their 3rd US tour, returning to perform several dates in Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest Festival, where they rocked it in Spring 2011.

Currently in studio recording more tracks for their new EP album, Liftoff once again is proving that pouring heart and soul into words and music translates into the poignant, compelling lyrics and the potent full-throttle vibe that Liftoff is known for. In the works is a 30-minute behind-the-scenes film which documents the band on tour, while a third music video is imminent for 2013. With an array of new tunes, recordings, licensing deals, radio plays, gig dates and slick merchandise, Liftoff continues to Rock and Roll its way into the Stratosphere.

The sky’s the limit... Prepare for Launch!

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Band Members
Carmon Leeson Lead vox -Gord Gemmell - Guitars/Vox, Michael Aaron Keith, Guitars/Vox Sean Brennan - Guitars, Shane Recsky - Drums, Marc Boily - Bass/Vox,
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Rock / Alternative / Indie

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Vancouver, BC, CA
Marc Boily

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