It’s not everyday that you hear about a band that hails from The Yukon – but today is that day. Straight out of -40 degrees in Whitehorse, the power trio Speed Control are getting set to independently release their 2nd album ‘F.A.B.’ on Oct. 1 and will kick off a string of Western Canadian tour dates.
They are playing a show at the Rockwater Grill and Bar on Oct. 9.
Speed Control, made up of brothers Graeme (guitar) and Jody Peters (bass), and drummer Ian March, is known for their live show and their passion for playing hard and fast. All three members come from a jazz and classical music background but they’re now all focused on their true passion – rock.
Speed Control’s music has been described as a combination of pop punk, math rock and high-energy rock ‘n roll fused with the incredible intensity of their live show. Their new album ‘F.A.B.’ was produced by David J. Taylor (Despistado, Geoff Berner) and upon seeing Speed Control play for the first time, Taylor was amazed by the energy of the band.
“It was like seeing the Police before they broke in ’77,” said Taylor. “A band with this much drive is unstoppable!”
Often called the hardest working band in the Yukon, Speed Control is not only a hard-hitting rock trio. They have also dedicated themselves to furthering music education in Canada and bringing music back into lives of kids nationwide.
In the summertime, between club and festival shows, Speed Control teach “RAWK Camps” which are partnered with Yamaha Canada, giving the kids brand new instruments to play and equipment to run the camps.
This allows Speed Control to visit many remote communities, some of which do not have a music store. Singer Graeme Peters describes the camps as “a miniature version of Jack Black’s School of Rock…but better.”
“Obviously our RAWK Camps are better because there’s three of us,” explains Graeme.
“It’s a great experience! We teach them instruments throughout the week or three days, however long we’re there. And we have a big rock concert at the end.”