Calgary hardcore homecoming

AShark Infested DaughtersLocal metalcore acts, Shark Infested Daughters and From The Wolves, are heading out on the Van Flip And Die tour this February, culminating in an all-ages show on Feb. 19 at Broken City in Calgary.

Van Flip And Die is the name that Chris Thoresen, lead singer of Shark Infested Daughters, came up with as a joke in reference to what people on the Internet say to bands they dislike; that they wish their tour van flips and the the band perishes. 

From the Wolves, a Calgary band that formed three years ago, describe themselves as not quite hardcore and not quite metalcore, and draw influences from bands such as The Ghost Inside and Emmure.

From The Wolves drummer, Layne Frank, said fans should expect “a more energetic, well put together us” on the upcoming tour. 

With their latest EP, Nightmares, the band wanted to put out an impressive and melodic effort, mixing different musical elements to create their own sound. 

Co-headliners, Shark Infested Daughters, also from Calgary, have been together since 2011 and are influenced by bands like Killswitch Engage and As I Lay Dying. 

 “We wanted to make really honest music when everyone was doing the party metal without substance,” said Thoresen.

Their full-length debut, These Tides, Our Tombs, is an aggressively charged metalcore record with massive, catchy choruses thanks to keyboardist and vocalist, Erika Leah.

For a long time, Shark Infested Daughters just wanted to be a heavy and aggressive band before finally incorporating Leah’s clean vocals into their songs.

“When you have someone like Erika in your band and you’re not using her to her full potential, you’re just shooting yourself in the foot.”

After having such a good time on their first tour together in 2016, Thoresen said they had to bring From The Wolves on the road once more.

Frank said it’s always great to tour with Shark Infested Daughters. 

“They push us to be better musicians. Touring with them, they just have this intense show that they put in.”

After the tour, From The Wolves will be focusing on putting every resource into writing their first full-length album, and maybe releasing a new single some time this year.

Shark Infested Daughters, on the other hand, have two more tours in the works for this year, including a number of festivals in the summer and a plan to tour Europe and the United States in 2018. 

Doors open for the show at Broken City at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, admission is $8 at the door. For more information visit: brokencity.ca/events.

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