bucket truck

bucket truck


Uniting thier musical ideals and favorite sounds from the hardcore, metal and punk music that inspired them from the start; bucket truck have been making music together for 10 years.


Formed in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1996
-5 self financed recordings
-9 self produced videos
-Handling everything on their own (Bucket Truck Records), while working days jobs to pay the rent.

A ferocious live show has earned them a cult like following on their countless tours.

Between ’96 and 2000 strong word of mouth helped them land on stages across Canada playing for crowds of up to 30 000 with bands like Filter, Our Lady Peace and Green Day – and on festivals such as the Vans Warped Tour.

Bucket Truck’s first national release “Waiting to Talk” was nominated for Canadian Music Week’s metal album of the year in 2001. The following 3 years they spent touring the country and shared stages with bands like DOA, Lagwagon, Fishbone, Slayer and Damage Plan. “Waiting to Talk” also spawned 2 self-produced animated videos that landed heavy rotation on video stations across the country. Their videos and album made their way around the globe on the Internet and further expanded the bands cult following not only in Canada but Europe and Japan.

Once the band was ready to start the journey of making a new album they discussed what they really loved about music and performing; they wanted to record with a producer with their same ideals, someone whom they had total respect for and could make part of their family. Eventually they met with Pelle Henricsson and Eskil Lovstrom, the same team who are responsible for the groundbreaking Refused album “The Shape of Punk To Come”, the connection was strong and the band new they had found what they were looking for.

In the early Autumn months of 2003 Bucket Truck set out on their biggest adventure yet which included a 4 week long trip to Umea Sweden, to work with Pelle, Eskil and also Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna), followed by a 3-week mobile studio recording session living and working with their dream producers in a haunted elementary school in Pouch Cove Newfoundland where they slept in classrooms made notes on chalkboards and cooked dinner together every night in the old cafeteria.

During this time Bucket Truck were immersed in songwriting and managed to record an album they had always wanted to make. The guys were also lucky enough to hook up with one of their favorite musicians- Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Rival Schools, Gorilla Biscuits) who traveled to Newfoundland for the very first time to hang out and lend some vocals and inspiration.

Bucket Truck then recorded 2 new songs with renowned producer Joe Funderburk (Tomahawk) and released “The Republic” EP in late 2004. This EP includes the Funderburk songs as well as 2 songs from the Sweden/Pouch Cove Sessions. It contains over 40 minutes of extra visual footage and the EP itself spawned 2 new self-produced videos. (I am the New York Times and People are Watching)

2 years after recording a self-financed album that brought them to the brink of financial disaster, Bucket Truck released their much-anticipated new full-length album “Favour The Bull” to critical acclaim and debut on Canada's Top 200.

It’s ironic that after 9 years of trying to make sense of the music business amongst dog and pony show industry showcases that were followed by rejections, offers and everything in between, the band turned down one world wide and 2 American record deals, opting to release the album that they financed themselves on their own label - Bucket Truck Records.


personal catastrophe

Written By: matt wells

This ain't no acid rain burnin' the ground, but I'll still complain. It's not a hurricane swimmin through the air, above our heads. But it ain't no holiday, do you think this is easy on me.

No faceless virus taking infected life but I cry for me. Should be weeping over broken soldiers, not a broken heart. But it ain't no holiday, do you think this is easy for me to say.

I know it does not compare to the world's tragedies, this is my own personal catastrophe.


Written By: matt wells

Just because you say it’s time that don’t mean that I’m goin nowhere, I’ll take half he blame if you promise to take the rest. Your silence is horrible but your eyes sing a thousand songs that hold on to the night like the glow of the moon.

You say a lie is a lie, I think I agree with that but when you said hurt is hurt I said that’s absurd, I should have kept my mouth shut and used these lips for kissin and not for words.

I’m sure I heard the whisper of your memory hiding in the safety of your long black hair, remembering moments ago what your heart had set free but your mouth could not let go

If we can’t be side by side for ever, will you at least love me back silently?

we live and die

Written By: matt wells, tim macneill

I wonder where you will sleep tonight, and I know I know I know I know, all my wondering just is not right. A fire contained in a book of spoken word, and I fear I fear I fear I fear I fear, it ain't so horrible, yeah.

We live and die, by the love we give. We live and die, we live and die.

I cannot take an offer of a ride to Mexico, but I’ll follow follow follow the moons light bouncing from water to road and I hear everybody singing about their reflection but I don’t see it my friend. I will never look at you again. I will never look at you again.

We live and die, by the love we give. We live and die, we live and die

Just when tomorrow ends and yesterday seems to have never happened. Today brings the filling in, of the lines I had begun tracing of you.


2005-Favour The Bull
2004-The Republic EP
2001-Waiting to Talk
2000-Demo EP
1998-Mr Hero
1997-Solid Gold

Separate, Silence (Favour the Bull)-Radio Success in Canada. 5 Videos -Heavy Rotation in Canada.

Set List

Textbook Propaganda
Liberate The Fossils
Seperate Silence
These Four Corners
Nourishment By Neglect
Don't Call Me Judas
You Walk Behind
No Other Way
Fat as Pigs
I am the Nw York Times
People are Watching

Sets anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes