One Bad Son

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One Bad Son
One Bad Son promo shot - 2012.jpg
One Bad Son in 2012
Background information
Origin Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Genres Hard rock, Rock and Roll
Years active 2004–present
Labels 604 Records
Associated acts The Lazys, The Wild, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Papa Roach
Website www.onebadson.com
Members Shane Volk
Adam Hicks
Adam 'Granny' Grant
Kurt Dahl

One Bad Son is a Canadian rock band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, consisting of Shane Volk (vocals), Adam Hicks (guitar), Adam 'Granny' Grant (bass), and Kurt Dahl (drums). Kurt Dahl is also an entertainment lawyer in Canada.[1]

History[edit]

Origins and This Aggression Will Not Stand: 2004-2005[edit]

The band formed in 2004 in Saskatoon, when Dahl, Hicks and Volk started writing songs that would become part of their debut album, This Aggression Will Not Stand. The album was recorded in Saskatoon in 2005, and released by U.S. independent record label Versailles Records. The album title is a reference to the movie The Big Lebowski. The single 'Alive in Texas' from the album was a surprise radio success in Saskatoon, after an intern at the local rock station played it to a DJ and it was subsequently added to heavy rotation.

The band house and Orange City: 2006-2009[edit]

Dahl, Hicks and Volk moved into a house in Saskatoon together in 2006, and started writing songs for their second album, Orange City. The album was again released by Versailles Records and spawned two regional radio successes in "Crooked Mic Stand" and "Sun/Fire." Around this time, the band started touring heavily throughout Western Canada.[2]

In 2007, the band won a regional contest to open a concert in Regina for Grammy-award nominated hard rock band Godsmack. This led to an opening slot for Buckcherry and Default on New Year's Eve 2007 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, following which Default invited the band to join them on tour.[3]

The Rustbucket EP and move to Vancouver: 2010-2011[edit]

In 2010, the band released The Rustbucket EP independently. The singles 'Rustbucket' and 'Retribution Blues' were released independently, both of which received broader radio play across Canada.[4] Around this time, the band released an iPhone app that allowed users to make their own version of the song 'Rustbucket'.[5] In late 2010, the band moved from Saskatoon to Vancouver, and shortly thereafter signed a record deal with 604 Records.[6]

One Bad Son album and breakthrough: 2012-2013[edit]

The band's self-titled third album was released by 604 Records on Sept. 25, 2012.[7] The album was recorded in Vancouver and produced by Danny Craig, drummer for Canadian band Default. Frustrated with the lack of response from radio stations across Canada, the band decided to show up at various rock stations in Western Canada to play their song 'Scarecrows' in person. To the band's surprise, the tactic worked and ended up taking them from Vancouver to Ottawa, and resulted in a surprise hit with 'Scarecrows', which went to #5 across the country.[8] The band returned home to Saskatoon to shoot the 'Scarecrows' video, which featured local fans and friends as extras.[9][10]

The band embarked on a cross-country tour with Buckcherry in 2013,[11] as well as dates with Monster Truck, Three Days Grace, and Crash Karma in support of the new album. The single 'It Ain't Right' was released in 2013, and went to #11 at Canadian radio. In October 2013, the band won a nationwide contest hosted by Sirius XM Radio to play the Grey Cup festivities in Regina, opening for fellow Saskatoon band The Sheepdogs.[12] The single 'Retribution Blues' was released in 2013 and became the second top 10 single of the band's career, staying in the Canadian top 10 for 15 weeks.[13] One Bad Son has been listed as one of the top 10 Canadian bands of 2013 [14] and 2012.[15]

Black Buffalo album: 2014-2016[edit]

The band spent the early part of 2014 writing songs for a new album, and went with Juno Award winning producer Eric Ratz as producer and engineer.[16] The first single from the album, 'Satellite Hotel', was released in July 2014 and became the fastest charting single of the band's career, and second top 5 single in Canada.[17] Black Buffalo was released on Sept. 2, 2014.[18] 'Satellite Hotel' won producer/engineer Eric Ratz a JUNO for Engineer of the Year at the 2015 JUNO Awards.[19] The song 'Black Buffalo' was released in 2015 and became the band's fourth top 10 in Canada.[20] In April 2015, the band was chosen to open for Def Leppard on their Western Canadian tour.[21] In October 2015 the band was chosen by Judas Priest to open for their Western Canadian Dates.[22]

'Raging Bull' and new album: 2017-present[edit]

The band spent most of 2016 writing new songs, releasing their 13th single 'Raging Bull' in early 2017.[23] 'Raging Bull' became the fifth top 10 single of the band's career in April 2017.[24] A new album is expected to be released in the fall of 2017.[25] On May 1, 2017, 'Raging Bull' reached #1 in the Canadian Rock Charts.

Personnel[edit]

  • Shane Volk - Vocals (2004–Present)
  • Adam Hicks - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals (2004–Present)
  • Adam Grant - Bass, Backing Vocals (2007–Present)
  • Kurt Dahl - Drums (2004–Present)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • This Aggression Will Not Stand (2006)
  • Orange City (2007)
  • The Rustbucket EP (2010)
  • One Bad Son (2012)
  • Black Buffalo (2014)

Singles[edit]

  • "Alive in Texas" (2005)
  • "Sun/Fire" (2007)
  • "Gringo" (2007)
  • "Crooked Mic Stand" (2008)
  • "Rustbucket" (2010)
  • "Retribution Blues" (2010)
  • "Scarecrows" (2012)
  • "It Ain't Right" (2013)
  • "Retribution Blues" (2013)
  • "Satellite Hotel" (2014)
  • "Vinyl Spin Burner" (2014)
  • "Black Buffalo" (2015)
  • "Psycho Killer" (2015)
  • "Raging Bull" (2017)

Charting Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart peak Album
CAN
CAN
Alt

CAN
Rock

[26]
2010 Retribution Blues - - 42 The Rustbucket EP
2012 Rustbucket - - 33 One Bad Son
Scarecrows - - 5 One Bad Son
2013 It Ain't Right - - 11
Retribution Blues - - 6
2014 Satellite Hotel - - 5 Black Buffalo
Vinyl Spin Burner - - 32
2015 Black Buffalo - - 6
Psycho Killer - - 16
2017 Raging Bull - - 1 TBA
"—"denotes a release that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2013 "Scarecrows" Matt Scott
2013 "It Ain't Right" Matt Leaf
2013 "Retribution Blues" Matt Scott
2014 "Satellite Hotel" George Vale
2015 "Black Buffalo" Shane Volk
2015 "Psycho Killer" Shane Volk
2017 "Raging Bull" Daniel Keen

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/Rockin+lawyer+offers+free+service/10936796/story.html
  2. ^ http://verbnews.com/2015/04/to-hell-with-our-month-off-instead-of-taking-a-break-saskatoon-rockers-one-bad-son-went-on-tour-with-def-leppard/
  3. ^ http://labeat.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2644&Itemid=50
  4. ^ http://canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca/2011/04/active-rock-april-26-2011.html
  5. ^ http://ripple-wave.com/work/one-bad-son.html
  6. ^ https://canadiantappedpromotions.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/road-warriors-one-bad-son-start-fresh-with-self-titled-debut/
  7. ^ http://fridaetv.com/2012/09/06/one-bad-son-release-album-september-25th-2012/
  8. ^ http://canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca/2013/03/active-rock-march-5-2013.html
  9. ^ http://www.therooster.ca/music-film/one-bad-son-scarecrows
  10. ^ "Good news from One Bad Son". University of Saskatchewan. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  11. ^ http://www.labeat.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2644&Itemid=50
  12. ^ "SiriusXM Canada Announces Winner of 'Rock the Grey Cup'". Broadcaster. 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  13. ^ http://americasmusiccharts.com/index.cgi?fmt=Z6&rtmref=americasmusiccharts
  14. ^ http://tmakworld.com/2013/12/top-10-indie-bands-2013.html
  15. ^ http://tmakworld.com/2012/12/top-10-indie-bands-of-2012.html
  16. ^ http://www.verbnews.com/issues/s305/q%20+%20a.php
  17. ^ http://americasmusiccharts.com/index.cgi?fmt=Z6&rtmref=americasmusiccharts
  18. ^ http://www.bestfan.com/blog/2014/08/interview-with-kurt-dahl-from-one-bad-son/
  19. ^ http://junoawards.ca/nominees/
  20. ^ http://www.americasmusiccharts.com/index.cgi?fmt=Z6
  21. ^ Kurt, Dahl (2015-04-23). "On the road with Def Leppard: 'It was like a bomb going off'". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  22. ^ http://www.winnipegsun.com/2015/11/02/metal-gods-judas-priest-deliver-the-goods-at-mts-centre
  23. ^ http://www.liveinlimbo.com/2017/03/01/world-premiere/song-premiere-raging-bull-by-one-bad-son.html
  24. ^ http://rpmpromotion.ca/one-bad-son-hits-top-10/
  25. ^ https://harltonempire.com/2017/03/03/exclusive-an-interview-with-kurt-dahl-of-one-bad-son/
  26. ^ Peak positions for One Bad Son's singles on Canadian Active rock Chart:

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