Ever since he was a kid, Dave has always wanted to be singing in some form or another. As Dave says,
“Singing is a storyteller’s way just put to melodies and tones condensed to 5 minutes plus. Listening to the emotions of songwriters in some strange way made life bearable, knowing that others felt the same way I did.”
Growing up, Dave took music classes in school and put together a band with a group of friends. Even though it took forever to write and play five songs and get them down enough to be performance ready, Dave was driven to get things right. He took opera lessons after school for about 6 months, to develop his breathing control.
Dave’s love for hard rock began when he was introduced to bands like Toronto, Headpins and April Wine by a close friend. He remembers “the sheer shock and awe that came to me when I saw my first metal show: The Scorpions with Quiet Riot, Helix and Kick Axe. That show paved the way for me to forever love this style of music, and the theatrics and showmanship these bands were known for.”
Dave main musical influences include Black Sabbath, W.A.S.P. Dio, Savatage, Judas Priest, Aerosmith, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Harem Scarem, ZZ Top, Pink Floyd, Queen, Iron Maiden, Boston, Megadeth and Metallica, just to name a few.
Dave has been singing for over 25 years, and has had the privilege to open for such great bands as Testament, Dragonlord with Eric Peterson, The Gathering, Anvil, Exciter, Metal Mike, and Dio Disciples with Craig Goldy, Scott Warren, Tim 'Ripper' Owens, Rudy Sarzo, and Vinny Appice.
Steve is a guitarist, bassist and songwriter. He leads the hardcore collective Spewgore, and for several years has filled the guitar slot in the classic thrash group Exalted Piledriver. With Piledriver, Steve has toured the world, with shows across Canada, Europe and Brazil. Steve is also currently playing the role of Malcolm with The AC/DC Show – Canada.
Like another notable Steve (i.e. Harris), our Superchucker bassist is also the main songwriter, contributing all of the original music, and collaborating with Dave Barrett on lyrics.
Shawn has been playing guitar for three decades, and earned his stripes in the party, bar and outdoor concert scene in southwestern Ontario. As Shawn says, “You haven’t really lived until you’ve played to 500 bikers on a random farm outside of Bothwell, Ontario. Or to 200 drunk 17 year olds in the bush on a July Saturday night.”
When Rob was a kid, there was always music playing in the house. From Big Band to Country, Crooners to Soul and R&B, Pop to Rock ‘n’ Roll, music was always around. It was his older brother that introduced him to Queen, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, and he quickly found himself gravitating toward that hard rock and heavy metal style. They barely had two pennies to rub together growing up, but they always had music.
When Rob was a little older, his brother took him to see Judas Priest at the CNE grandstand. He remembers the cops throwing out people for fighting, the fans going crazy when Halford hit the stage, and that skunky odor when the lights went down. It was his first show and he fell in love with the whole experience.
Rob started learning to play shortly after that show. Bands like Priest, Metallica, Queen, The Who and countless others influenced his playing style.
Rob was about 16 when he started taking drum lessons. It was later than many people start, but he quickly developed an ear and decided to start learning songs from his Walkman, and ditched the lessons. After just three months, he started attending jam nights and playing with musicians way out of his league – Phil X (Triumph, Frozen Ghost, Methods of Mayhem, Bon Jovi), Randy Coven, Tony Springer (Wild T and the Spirit, David Bowie), Mike K (Edwin, Nelly Furtado), Stan Miczek, (Honeymoon Suite, Sass Jordan) and a host of other high caliber talents.
Rob plays Pearl Drums and Sabian Cymbals.
Stavros started his musical journey at the young age of 9 years old, when his parents started him off in piano lessons. As he discovered musical legends such as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, he realized that the guitar was much cooler and at 12 years old changed from the piano to guitar. There was no turning back.
Stavros has been playing for more than 35 years. There have been many great players and bands who have influenced him in his playing and songwriting, including Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Rush, Iron Maiden, Jimmy Page and many others.
Stavros has been active in the Toronto live music scene over the last 10 years, and has played shows throughout southern Ontario including covers of his favourite bands and original songs.