Hometown: Fort McMurray AB
Record Label: Unsigned
Generally Available – Canada, U.S.
MACKENZIE WALAS – Vocals
JOE HOWES – Lead guitar
JEREMY CONNELL – Bass
ROB EUSTIS – Drums
It would appear that rock and roll music at it’s purest, is very much a lost art form. Today, rock bands seem more interested in defining their image and likability then defining their own sound. There are very few artists that still focus on delivering an amazing live show. Who work tirelessly to capture that sound on an album, only in an effort to satisfy their own creative hunger. Who love music and enjoy the journey to finding their own sound while paying homage to their heroes that have come before them. Who really connect with their audience and leave them saying “That band was f**king awesome, I want some more!”. Enter Sentimental Gentlemen.
Founding members Joe Howes (lead guitar) and Mackenzie Walas (lead vocals) met at an open mic night at a local tavern in Canada’s northern oil patch of Fort McMurray, Alberta in early 2013. Playing music was an outlet to get away from the busy lifestyle of a thriving boomtown. After playing songs together until they closed the place, it was certain that this was the start of a great musical friendship. Mackenzie had been performing around town and was looking to start a band. Joe had recently moved to town and had yet to meet anyone who shared his passion for rock music and performing.
They were dedicated to forming a band that wrote great songs and could match that quality on stage. Their song writing process reflects the personality of the band. Laid back with a sense of motivated purpose for finding something new yet familiar, while trying not be limited by the influences of other genres…and having a whole lot of fun while doing it. Powerful raspy vocals with multiple harmonies, big guitar solos and heavy drums are the tools they use to find their sound. Bands like the Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Big Wreck, but also Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, and the Eagles can be heard as influences.
At the very same open mic night, a few months later, they met Handsome Rob (drums) and with the help of some friends, the band released its self-titled debut, a 6-song EP in February of 2014. After recruiting Jeremy Connell (bass), the band’s line-up was complete. Since then, they have been pouring the pavement, performing at a variety of events in the Wood Buffalo region and across Alberta. The band has had the privilege of sharing the stage with The Sheepdogs, The Trews, and Trooper to name a few.
In November 2014, they began recording their new album at Sound Extractor Studios in Edmonton, AB. They wanted to capture the excitement and energy of their live shows, so most tracks were recorded live to retain their on-stage chemistry. “Kicking’ Stones” was released as the band’s first single and they filmed their first music video in support during the summer of 2015. The new album titled “The Devil’s in the Details” was released on September 26th, 2015. They plan on touring Canada in support of their record in the spring of 2016. In the meantime, the Gentlemen continue partying, acting a fool, playing a bunch of shows for awesome people, and writing new tunes for a future album as they plan for their upcoming tour.
SENTIMENTAL GENTLEMEN WEB PLEASE VISIT: http://sentimentalgentlemen.com
Shared the stage with:
- The Stampeders
- The Trews
- The Sheepdogs
- Dan Mangan
- Mother Mother
- Simple Plan
~ 2014 Self-Titled EP
~ 2015 The Devil’s In The Details
General & International booking inquiries contact:
Dusty Exner, SIN Agency
Media and publicity inquiries contact:
Jon Asher, Asher Media Relations
SG Stage Plot pdf