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Royal Oak

Royal Oak

Aug 17th 2018 @ The Supermarket

Toronto, Canada
Royal Oak, Quinn Mills & The Common Era @ The Supermarket
Friday, August 17th, 2018
7:00 PM
The Supermarket
Toronto, Canada
A stop on the Royal Oak Pretend Tour 2018 Tickets $10 at the door Royal Oak If you asked Royal Oak what could possibly separate them from the rest of the whirlwind Canadian Music Scene, they would give you one simple answer: Youth. Royal Oak has been both a band and a group of friends for almost as long as they can remember. Although the form and names of the band have changed, one thing that has stayed the same is the lasting friendship of the band members — with more than 15 years of good times between them. Having grown up learning their instruments together, Royal Oak has entered their prime as one cohesive unit, rather than four people playing music. This makes for the tightest possible live show. The chemistry of longtime friends is undeniable, whether it’s on-stage dynamic energy, off-stage passion in songwriting, or even simple showtime banter between songs. On their new EP ‘Pretend’ and their 2017 release ‘Younger’, Royal Oak has successfully paired indie rock vibes with a modern pop sensibility, presenting music that is clean and controlled, and yet bursting at the seams with energy. Their lead single “Tell Me” is soaked in swagger with an 80’s synth backdrop, while “Only One” bounces, rolls and enchants with a desperate message of self-change. The closing track “Hold To Nothing” tells the story of a broken love while pulsating in heavy dynamics making for the most cerebral and hard-hitting finish the band has made to-date. Time and time again, the band proves you can craft memorable hooks with an indie aesthetic, while adding a little adventurous spirit into every track. Quinn Mills and The Common Era “Quinn Mills is the REAL DEAL!” That’s high praise for the 17 year old singer-songwriter coming from professional musician/producer Buddy Hyatt. Mills is living up to that praise. He has already released two singles, “James Dean” and “Take It”, and played legendary venues like The Bitter End, Pete’s Candy and The Sidewalk Café in New York, and The Silver Dollar Room and The Linsmore Tavern in Toronto. He has even performed at the highly esteemed New York Songwriters’ Circle Showcase. Mills has worked with some of the best in the music business: Buddy Hyatt (Toto), Nir Z (studio drummer for John Mayer and Jason Mraz), and Chad Cromwell (Neil Young’s drummer). Born August 2, 1999 in Ajax, Ontario Canada, Mills is a gifted guitarist who writes pop, R&B songs that have catchy melodies and lyrical depth beyond his years. At 16 years old, Mills was signed by Dan Marshall and Tom Petrone to a management and publishing deal with their company MP Music House. Mills also plays keyboards, bass and drums, and even produces his own songs. Mills is now backed by an incredibly talented back up band with 25 year old Chris Buysse on drums and 19 year old Julian Guzman on bass. Drummer Chris Buysse was just 17 years old when his band “Apollo The Hunter” played at the Molson Amphitheatre for the Vans Warp Tour. Born January 8, 1992 in Ireland, Buysse moved to Kitchener, Ontario with his family as a baby and grew up in Cambridge. Buysse started playing drums at the age of 6 and is self-taught. He started in his first band, “Incentive” at age 12. The childhood friends played together for 6 years and even opened up for “Ill Scarlet” at Club NV nightclub. Buysse’s next band was an indie pop band called “Apollo The Hunter” . At 19, Buysse played with pop-punk band “Slow Motion Victory” who were in the “Disband” contest with Much Music. Buysse then played with “Electrohome Nomad” who ran an open mic in Kitchener and played the Kitchener-Waterloo Blues Fest with Serena Ryder. The band was together for 6 months. Buysse then played in “Hey Brother” briefly in 2012. Bassist Julian Guzman is self-taught on bass and guitar. Guzman was born January 20, 1998 in Toronto, Ontario and lived there until 2009 before moving to Whitby. He started playing guitar at age 13 and then bass at age 15. Guzman took lessons for only 3 months and then self-taught. At 16, Guzman joined “Surf Cactus” and performed locally as well as recorded two EPs and a full length album. They played legendary Toronto venues such as the Opera House, Sneaky Dee’s, Mel Lastman Square and the Rockpile West. Guzman is inspired by bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Parliament Funk , The 1975, and Death From Above 1979. Guzman also played guitar in the local band “We Are X”. In December 2016, Buysse posted a Kijiji ad looking for musicians to perform with. Mills’ tour manager responded to that ad. Buysse joined Mills and they began looking for a bass player. Bassist Julian Guzman responded to their Kijiji ad. “Quinn Mills & The Common Era” was born.