The town has been waiting for this for nearly a year, and the day has almost arrived. Golden’s favourite local band is finally releasing their self-titled debut album, Willhorse, and is teaming up with Kicking Horse Culture to mark the occasion in style.
“I think it’s every musician’s dream to have one (an album). Just to hold it and be like, this is mine. I created this,” said lead singer Jeremy Borschneck. Willhorse, although its members have played together for years, has only been around for less than a year. And what a year it has been.
“With everything that’s happened to us in the last couple of months, and everything we’ve gotten from Golden, we wanted to make this a big party,” said Branden Winterholt, guitar and vocals.
Wanting an album for years, and never being able to make it happen, Willhorse came up with a plan a few months back. They began a donation campaign to help make this dream a reality. It worked better than they ever imagined.
“We initially wanted $3,000, and we got that in 24 hours. We ended up getting almost $7,000,” said Borschneck. This allowed them to press more CDs, and do the mixing at the famed Fader Mountain Studios in Vancouver.
“Nick (Willhorse drummer Nick Petrowich) was curious, as he always is, so he looked it up. It turned out that Fader Mountain evolved out of Little Mountain which was one of the most sought after recording studios in North America. Guys like Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and Metallica recorded in those rooms,” said Winterholt. “There was definitely a vibe when we were in there.”
Prior to mixing the tracks at Fader, the boys (Borschneck, Winterholt, Petrowich, and bassist Todd Menzies) spent eight days recording at the Blaeberry Mountain Lodge with producer JP Maurice.
“It was really fun. The eight days in the cabin got a little bit hazy. We didn’t really know what day it was, it was just five dudes in a cabin for eight days. But it was a blast,” said Borschneck.
The final product of that cabin-fever session is a 10-track release featuring their signature old-fashioned southern rock that Golden has come to love so much. CBC Radio and EZ Rock have already began broadcasting their songs.
Now it’s time to celebrate, even though Willhorse is headed into their second busiest month of the year, playing 23 dates in December.
Kicking Horse Culture is hosting Willhorse: The Big CD Release Concert at the Golden Civic Centre on Wednesday Dec. 12.
“It wasn’t a big surprise, Kicking Horse Culture has been so great. But it is so nice that they’re doing this. It’s so cool that they’re supporting a local band like us, and that Golden has sort of taken us under their wing. It’s a pretty good feeling to know that they’re behind us,” said Winterholt.
“They’re such a powerful force in Golden, and for them to take this on for us is just an honour,” added Borschneck.
The release concert is going to be a family affair, including everyone who was involved in recording the album. Friends and fellow rockers Devon Coyote and the Gentlemen will be opening the concert, and even producer Maurice is making the trip up from Vancouver for the show.
Tickets for the CD Release Concert, now available at the Art Gallery of Golden, are $25 and include a copy of the CD. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m., and goes to 10 p.m., with an after party to follow at the Golden Taps.