Vancouver is a gigantic hotbed for some killer unsigned acts in metal.
There are a shit ton of bands out here that are not signed that should be. My list goes on and on but one band in particular are not only super talented but I’ve become really good friends with all the members.
The story of Expain is a long and interesting one and a little too much to cover here. Long story short, they used to be called The Almighty Excruciating Pain but were forced to change their name due to a group in Florida claiming to have the name first.
Upon the writing and recording of their upcoming full debut album, they decided the time was right to save their intellectual property and officially change their name to Expain. The choice was an obvious one as it is a new beginning of sorts for them.
A new album is on the horizon, as is a couple of newer members. The lineup is now a solid one. Enjoy my interview with them at the end of this post.
Two years ago, they released the first EP in their catalog and it is off the hook. Super catchy progressive thrash metal with balls.
Moreover, if you’re looking for your laugh of the day, I absolutely urge you to watch their homemade Youtube series “EXPTeeVee.” It’s some of the funniest shit I’ve ever watched and no one in Vancouver in the metal scene has a better sense of humor than these five dudes.
Case and point. Episode 4 of the series involved a vomit party with longtime grindcore band Zuckuss. Watch it.
This past weekend they played a classy, upstanding restaurant in Vancouver. Imagine this. A small eatery with nicely dressed people, chowing down and asking for a second serving of caviar and Grey Poupon. Then bam! Sixty metalheads with black shirts bomb the place and head bang all night to progressive thrash. A great time was had by all, they even played “Raining Blood” and “Freebird!”
Cheers to my buds Nikko Whitworth, Eric Morrison, Pat Peeve, Ryan Idris and Daniel Brand. You’re moving on up…to the east side…to a deluxe apartment in the sky.
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