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LIVE 105 BFD 2016: Reuben And The Dark

Learn more about Reuben And The Dark before they play on the Festival Stage at LIVE 105 BFD 2016.

Origin:

Calgary, Canada

Members:

Reuben Bullock
Shea Alain
Kaelen Ohm
Brock Geiger
Greg Harrison
Ian Jarvis

Reuben And The Dark Around The Web:

Official Site | Facebook | Twitter

About Reuben And The Dark:

Reuben  Bullock  is  a  storyteller.  One  of  those  undeniably  engaging  types  that captivates  with  ease  thanks  to  incredible  charms  and  a  fascinating  past.

Sit  with  him  and  you’ll  hear  tales  of  his  upbringing,  growing  up  the  son  of  a preacher  and  middle  brother of  three.  He’ll  relate  a  childhood  spent  travelling  North  America,  from  town  to  town,  never  staying  in  one  place  for  long  and  learning  about  life  on  the  road – a  lesson  that  now  serves  him  well.

He  will  tell  you  about  rebelling  against  religion  and  a  lingering  distaste  for  those  teachings,  he  and  his  oldest  brother  spurning  the  spiritual  world  for  a  wilder  one,  which  he  considers  himself  lucky  to  have survived.  The  trials  and  brushes  with  mortality  that  have  set  the  stage  for  Reuben’s  current  struggle -­‐ one more  artistic  than  physical  or  strictly  spiritual.

Reuben  will  talk  about  past  pursuits -­‐ skateboarding  semi­‐professionally  during  a  career  marked  by  the same  fearlessness  with  which  he  approaches  his  new  pursuit  as  a  music  maker.

Now  inked  to  Canada’s  iconic  indie  imprint  Arts  &  Crafts,  Reuben  finds  himself  on  a  promising  new  path,  this  time  as  a  young  songwriter  and  star  with  a  world -­‐ class  album  on  the  way.

Now,  the  names  of  studio  titans  like  Stephen  Kozmeniuk  and  Jim  Abbiss  -­‐ men  who  boast  credits  from artists  like  Madonna  and  Adele -­‐ dot  the  liner  notes  of  Reuben’s  forthcoming  debut,  but  not  along  ago  music  was  actually  a  new  craft  for  Reuben.  He’ll  tell  you  he  picked  up  a  guitar  for  the  first  time  at  21.

The  goal  then  was  to  make  sense  of  the  notebooks  full  of  poems  and  lyrics  that  had  been  pouring  out  of  him  for  years,  to  find  the  means  to  express  whatever  it  was  that  was  coursing  through  him  so powerfully.  Much  of  it  was  about  that  religious  upbringing,  preaching  against it,  the  need  to  shake people  up,  to  make  them  see  and  feel  things  differently.

Reuben’s  first  album  was  recorded  in  a  Canadian  prairie  town  shed,  the  product  as  stark,  raw  and  beautiful  as  the  rustic  surroundings  in  which  it  was  made.

What  followed,  Reuben  will  tell  you,  was  a need  to  expand  that  sound,  to  make  it  much,  much  bigger.

That’s  when  he  embraced The  Dark,  bringing  together  a  collection  of  musicians  inclusive  of  his  younger  brother,  Distance,  that  helped  him  craft  something  that  was  both  sonically  intricate  and  capable  of something  greater.

The  first  group  recording  represented  a  scrappy  attempt  at  gospel  from  the  rock  of  the  earth,  a  reach  for  the  stars  while  being  tethered  to  the  self.  During  this  time  a  reputation  also  began  to  build,  based  on  the  strength  of  a  transcendent  live  show -­‐ one  intended  to  help  those  in  its  grip  reach  catharsis.  Without  a  doubt  this  was  a  successful  time, both  in  taking  his  project  and  its  music  further,  and  on  a  whim,  also  taking  Reuben  to  Mexico.

There  a  chance  meeting  with  members  of Florence  +  The  Machine  unfolded  after  they’d  heard  his  album  playing  in  a  local  shop.  Later  he’d  join  them  on  stage  and  eventually,  fly  to  London  to  record  some demos  with  drummer  Christopher  Hayden,  who  now  joins  Reuben  and  Kozmeniuk  as  a  producer  on  the forthcoming  debut.

That recently  released debut  marks the first  proper  effort  from  this  now  fully  realized  incarnation  of  Reuben  and  the  Dark – and  on  it  you’ll  experience  his  storytelling  first  hand.  You’ll  follow  him  around  the  world,  through  some  of  the  same  towns  where  it  all  began  and  into  many  new  ones  where  it  will  no  doubt  continue.

Reuben  will  tell  you  he’s  ready.  He’ll  tell  you  he’s  excited.  He’ll  tell  you  he  can’t  wait  for  the  next  part  of this  crazy  journey  to  begin.  After  all,  his  best  stories are  still  to  be  told.

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