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The Integral - The Next Big Rock Band
By Shane Skinner
If you're a fan of bands like Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, Incubus, Tool, or even Rush...keep reading.
I came across a great band last month when I was at the Green Room here in Plattsburgh, NY. They're
called The Integral and they're from Montreal, Canada. I had never heard of them before and didn't
even know they were going to be playing there that night so I was very pleasantly surprised. I'm
pretty finicky with what I like and most bands just don't do it for me, especially live, but these
guys rose to the occasion.
The band is a 4-piece (drums, bass, guitar, and vocal); very stripped down and organic in their
sound but intricate and very melodic in their approach which was the clincher for me because I've
always loved punk and hard rock, but appreciate bands that have progressive/technical elements.
The Integral have the perfect blend of both. For a band sporting just one axe, The Integral made
a lot of noise. The guitar work was fluid and melodic while the bass and drums laid down heavy
and authoritative grooves, allowing their singer to really belt out some memorable lyrics and
hooks. I definitely felt their pulse-pounding intensity, which drew roughly 200 strong to the
Green Room, and kept our rapt attention.
It was that kind of night - 3 sets of polished rock radio sheen made to set fists pumping and
hearts beating. After the gig was over I had the chance to talk to the band members while they
tore down their gear...the best part of being in a band...Not! They were all very cool and spoke
to me in detail about what the band's been up.
Long story short: they've been playing together for nearly 10 years, had a few member changes
along the way, released a few CDs (independently), and have managed to share the stage with
several signed acts like Trapt, Dredg, The Ataris, Pulse Ultra and got a slot on the Vans Warped
Tour in Montreal a few years back. A sizeable and loyal following has been earned through
numerous live performances, local press and both college and some commercial radio that have
taken notice of the band, namely 99.9 "The Buzz" in Burlington VT, and CHOM 97.7 in Montreal.
I love finding Indie bands that not only make great music, but also work really hard at
building their story, so I wish these guys all the best.
See this band in an intimate club setting. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to see
them this way. They're planning on doing more gigs in the New England area so if you
live around here, don't miss out. They have played to big crowds in their native Montreal
so it's only a matter of time before they blow up here in the US and can't be so "under
the radar" anymore. The band's official website is www.theintegralband.com where you can
find sound clips and mp3s from their killer new album "002", which is on sale along with
some cool merchandise. I'll be reviewing the album here soon so check back from time to
time and feel free to comment. Cheers!
Music Samples to enjoy
Weight Of The World
Bitter Role Model
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