Pushed

Pushed

BandAlternativeRock

Pushed writes songs how they feel. Thus the reason behind their unique and powerful mix of genres. They are truly alternative.

Biography

Formed in the month of January of 2004, Pushed has quickly risen in the rankings of the Winnipeg music scene. Formerly known as Hard Luck Knights, their name was changed after the original bass player left the group late in ’04. Pushed fits into several music categories. They don’t conform to one general genre. They have songs that are of modern rock, different aspects of alternative and acoustic rock persuasions within their powerful sets. Their musical and lyrical stylings have been compared to that of Nirvana, Seether, Nickelback, Art Of Dying and many see them as truly unique in their choice to just write as they feel and let the music take them in whatever direction it leads. Pushed is comprised of four longtime, close friends and talented young musicians; Willy Harvie (Vocals, 22), Shawn “Galahad” Colpitts (Guitar/Vocals, 25), Ryan Street (Bass, 26) and Scott “Skab” Kelly (Drums, 33).

Their career as Pushed began from a simple common interest in music and a casual conversation. Willy and Shawn started doing a little cooperative writing and decided to take it to the next level and form a band. Willy had competed and won several vocal competitions and was featured on CKND. Shawn has been playing an instrument for as long as he can remember and is son to famed Winnipeg musician Roger Colpitts. They recruited a bass player and drummer and began playing community clubs and jams as Hard Luck Knights. Eventually, they would stick through on their own and join up with closer friends and form Pushed with Ryan on Bass and Graham Moorby on drums. Ryan was a tattoo artist with a flare for the arts. With this team, they began playing bigger venues and showcases, really creating a name for themselves within the business and generating a following of their own. Unfortunately, Graham’s school and other interests led him away from the band. Scott , who is son to Paul Kelly, was already a professional musician and formerly played with Tall, Dark and Hammered, came into the picture with Pushed. Four friends, so close they could be family, together as Pushed, doing what they do by crafting memorable tunes and generating powerful performances.

Pushed started out small, opening for Big Bob’s Big Band and playing jams where Shawn’s father, Roger Colpitts, was hosting. They looked upon these spots as practice for the big show that was yet to come. Veteran Winnipeg musicians complimented the band on their performances and reached out helping hands to get the ball rolling and keep it in motion as time would pass. As they grew accustomed to the stage, it was only natural that they branched off on their own. Supernova offered Pushed their first featured performance in a bandwar at The West End Cultural Centre behind Britt Black. They didn’t leave winners, but they had an open invite to play whenever Supernova came back into town and made contacts with several of the bands there. Pushed began hosting their own biweekly gig at the Miss Q’s on Osborne. That place had never seen such business as what the guys brought them during their performances. Soon afterwards, Pushed started striving forward. They opened for Giv’R and tried at a few other battles. After every performance there would be someone else offering them a gig and many more contacts were made. During the Supernova show at The Ramada Entertainment Centre, they played on the same bill as Social Code and were noticed by radio hosts of Freq107. Up to that point, their biggest show was opening for Barry G Player Band at The Pyramid, which had a crowd of 200 and featured two of the best musicians in the city, Barry Player on guitar and Roger Colpitts on Bass. Veteran performers later stated that Pushed had stolen the show. By the time two months had gone by, the guys were ready for the big show and showcased their first real headliner, having Rude Dale and Servants of Society open for them at Rookies. They continue to play as hard and as much as they can.

Now, in 2006, there are numerous plans to keep things moving and growing rapidly. The guys are ready to go into the studio and complete a finished demo that is worthy of airplay for the purposes of finding a record company to back them, open the doors to more venues and shows, and be showcased on Freq107 during The Buzz with Gordo one Tuesday evening. With the list of bands that are acquainted with Pushed, many shows are on the way. The veteran musicians of Loaded, Kingbees and BGP are proud to bring the guys to the stage with them. Pushed has their own plans to headline at the landmark Park Theater, have entered The Search For RA NRG, will headline and play several showcases around the city, and are currently in the midst of planning a cross-Canada tour for the summer of this year. As always with these guys, things are looking up.

Lyrics

Welcome To The City

Written By: Willy Harvie & Shawn Colpitts

i once was lost
and never recovered
i'm just a simple creation
that's blind like the others
at first i was
abandoned before discovered
i could have been high like the tip of fire
that misery's smothered down

here we go

welcome to this city without angels
all the angles are clear to see
where your life's just a walk in the park
but you're the only dog with a leash
welcome to the city of strangers
danger is related to me
where i walk alone in the dark
and his majesty solicits nothing
but fear and greed

CH: it grows original for hurt to exceed
it spreads an epidemic
a menacing plague
it's raping the royal red
is there no one out there to bleach the streets
it's the question that needs to be said
is there no one out there to save the weak

welcome to this city of no reflection
where we cheat intentions
our assumptions kick in to phase
welcome to this city of no redemption
i fight for you but not at your side
another person's life is not my reward
you raise your knife to my sword

CH: it grows original for hurt to exceed
it spreads an epidemic
a menacing plague
it's raping the royal red
is there no one out there to bleach the streets
it's the question that needs to be said
is there no one out there to save the weak
they just remain

YEAH

Broken

Written By: Willy Harvie & Shawn Colpitts

we're in a time
where discrimination's in a phase
as our world turns on
so does our outrage
so before you find another country to impregnate
first sit down at home and do the make-up on your own face
all the more vision
comes a mouth full of stereotype
all the more decision
all the more to criticize
how can they say that all is fair in love and war
one leaves 8 billion dead
the other leaves 60 million more poor

CH: broken
we've all been
broken
now we're forced to watch them
poison our visions and our clean waters
it sickens me
show no mercy to the machine we're just a small part of
swollen
tolerance formed blisters on calluses
most take your kindness as weaknesses
so we grow harder and no farther

why do we need more for simple minded lives
why not just keep it simple them
why not just turn around to fight
but sooner or later there'll be noting to defend
'cause apocalypse is coming
over and over again
no one knows the evil in the hearts of men
but health is also a battleground so stop poisoning them
we search for a strategy for another conquest
how about a victory on the fraud of evolution

CH: broken
we've all been
broken
now we're forced to watch them
poison our visions and our clean waters
it sickens me
show no mercy to the machine we're just a small part of
swollen
tolerance formed blisters on calluses
most take your kindness as weaknesses
so we grow harder and no farther

Set List

Miracle Street
Middletown
Run For Your Love
Hold On
Release Me
Wreckless Driver
Broken
My Life
Desperate
Walker Avenue
Welcome To The City