Hopeful vibes for grim times

The group is brothers Greg and Andrew Tkach and their good friend Jeremy Pudlowski. All three grew up in the Jarvie-Fawcett area near Westlock and began jamming together at a young age.

“[Jeremy and his brother Colton] were our neighbours, but we considered them our brothers,” says Greg Tkach, during his lunch break from teaching music and Grade 3 at an elementary school in Athabasca. “From when we were 11 and 12 years old until now, we played music together. It’s such a cool thing to grow up together and still get to do things together.”

The Tkach brothers released a self-produced EP called Unfinished Design last fall; they’ve also opened for a bunch of Edmonton bands including Death by Robot, the Unfortunates and I Am Machi.

But it wasn’t until last summer that the band decided to get serious and put out some professionally recorded songs. The brothers added Pudlowski on bass—who had gone on to form Death by Robot with his brother Colton—and recorded at Smith Music in Morinville.

“We just stepped back and realized it was time to do something substantial,” Greg says. “Then just the process of getting together and focusing on an album, that rekindled the fire in us.”

The resulting EP, Hopeful Horizon, is the Gear Seabastian emphasizing the positive. The band, Greg explains, had been writing more melancholy songs due to illnesses and losing family members. The guys wanted to change that.

“One of the songs, ‘I Will Be Strong,’ is based on something our grandpa told us,” he says. “If you’re strong, you’ll persevere. We learned to be hopeful and wanted to spread that message.”

The Gear Seabastian was planning on having a CD release for Hopeful Horizonat the Artery. But after the city declared the treasured venue had to close its doors on March 31, the show has since turned into a two-day farewell party with loads of Edmonton bands paying respect to it.

“It’s going to be such an awesome night, but it’s also going to be a bit sombre,” Greg says. “It’s disappointing; it seemed like the city rushed the Artery out. But we’re happy to be able to play there, because what they’ve done for music in Edmonton is so important.”

Sat, Mar 28 (12 pm)
With the Noble Thiefs, Physical Copies, Motorbike James, the Get Down, Death By Robot, Nature Of, the Sorels, Matt Pattershuk
Artery, sold out