Black Phoenix Orchestra

Black Phoenix Orchestra

 Calgary, Alberta, CAN

Black Phoenix Orchestra is a proper group. Their psychedelic wall of sound has been taking over Calgary by storm since March of last year. Put simply: BPO is a real rock n roll band who play real rock n roll shows.


Black Phoenix Orchestra is a proper rock n roll band that plays the psychedelic music they naturally create. BPO was started up by Scotland born and raised, singer/songwriter Darren McDade. Capturing your aural imagination with a back to the roots, mesmerizing sound influenced by The Verve, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Kasabian. The lineup consists of McDade on vocals and guitar, Greg Brown on drums, Devan Forster on bass, and Erik Ermantrout on lead guitar.

After a year of playing together, the band has self-released two demo EPs, a live album, toured from the west coast to the east, scored two gigs at Canadian Music Week 2011, and were featured as one of FFWD magazines “10 Bands You Need to Hear” in the New Music Issue last fall. This June marked a milestone for the group releasing their debut EP and taking home a win in the Xposure 2011 contest, earning full support from X92.9FM, $25 000 to put towards their music, and more airplay for their songs, resulting in "No Guarantees" hitting #2 on the local standings. Black Phoenix Orchestra will also be sharing the stage with Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Social Distortion, House of Pain and many more at the first ever X-Fest in Calgary.

Ever ambitious, BPO will be heading back into the studio with Taylor Sound this summer to quickly follow up their recent release, and are planning a journey overseas to the United Kingdom for next year.

Although the bands music is reminiscent of old school rock n’ roll, their song will never grow old as they tirelessly experiment with new sounds and evolve constantly in the process of writing new material.


Demo - July 2010 - EP
BPO Live - October 2010 - LP
Demo 2 - December 2010 - EP
Black Phoenix Orchestra June 30th 2011

Set List

Can fill up to 2 hours.

Punchdrunk Lover
Music is Life
The Call
Lullaby for the Dreamer
Swamp Song
Devil's Chapel
No Guarantees
Ohh Why Me
Dirty rock n roll
Try Love
Im in love
The Surrounding Sky
LSF (Kasabian cover)
This is Music (The Verve)
Songbird (Oasis)
*Always writing new material