Clearly, the band Derrival is getting a solid following.
In the short interview three members of the group had with the Langley Advance at a busy coffee shop, two individuals who recognized the band mates interrupted to say hello.
Not surprising, since the members have seen some great opportunities come their way recently. Not the least of which is the launch of their latest album, Youth Captured.
The new seven song album was released on Sept. 1 to iTunes, Bandcamp, and most other digital retailers. Plus, CDs will be sold at the group's live performances.
Part of the excitement of this album is how it came to be. All original material, the songs were recorded in a variety of places.
"It's definitely a departure [from our previous album]," said Daniel Kozlowski, drums and
back-up vocals with the band.
"It's far more professional," agreed Shane Stephenson, keyboards and back-up vocals. "It's a segmented project with some songs recorded in different locations."
It was because of the Youthink contest that led to the varying recording spots. Four were done with Joshua Field who heard Derrival and liked their sound.
"We were part of a Nimbus recording," said Glen Jackson, lead guitar and back-up vocals. "There were days we went to school all day then went to record from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. then went to school the next day."
Field took the band on as his project at the Numbus School of Recording Arts.
The band members are young. The 18-to 20-yearolds were able to handle the lack of sleep from a busy school and recording schedule mostly because of the opportunity.
"It gave us the drive to do better," Jackson said. "I think it helped us to win Squamish."
Jackson means the Squamish Valley Music Festival in 2013.
Not only did the band members get to hang with some of their icons like Queens of the Stone Age and Yukon Blonde, but they also got to play, and to win.
"We won it out of 60 bands," Jackson said.
The contest was voted on by peers and those in the music industry. A real vote of confidence for the direction Derrival is heading in.
"It was one of the best days of our lives," Kozlowski added.
"The band is like a family," Jackson noted.
"We act as a family and it kind of goes beyond the art and the music," Kozlowski said.
Currently the band is managing its own future, with positive connections within the industry. Both Jackson and Kozlowski are in post-secondary programs which directly help the promotion and activity of the band.
A tour is scheduled to Calgary through the Kootenays. See Derrival live as they open for Vancouver indie pop band Hey Ocean! on Nov. 2 at the Momentum Youth Arts Festival at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster.
"A lot of people in a generation past us will comment on whether we had luck with a record label," Kozlowski said. "It's no longer as important with the ability for individuals to have more power [over publishing music and reaching their audience] than they ever had."
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