The Dramatic Finish
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The Dramatic Finish

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock


This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos



"Absolute Punk"

1. How did you get your band name?

The name came about when front man Ryan Clayton was frustrated by the lack of commitment, morals and integrity of certain members in his previous music ventures. He wanted to start something that was the climax to his musical song writing capability, something greater, something memorable.

2. How did this band get started?

The band was started when the drummer Bryan approached Ryan after their previous band called it quits. He told Ryan that he had "it" and he wanted to start a new killer project. They jammed, just the two of them for 3 months, setting the foundation of what was to become The Dramatic Finish

3. What bands are you influenced by?

Rise Against, Go Radio, A Day To Remember, Sum 41, The Ataris, Alexisonfire, Come Back Kid

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

From the very start of this band, Rise Against has been a common favorite band among each of the 4 members. We all agree that their music is timeless, true, and chalked full of integrity. We would love to tour with them and help carry on a legacy of making great music for the right reasons and performing it at the highest level.

5. Best food to eat on tour?

Fan made chocolate chip cookies!

6. Why should people listen to your band?

People should listen to us if they want catchy up tempo songs about true life things. We aren't in this for the popularity, we are in this to make our music for the right reasons and to make you feel what we feel inside when listening to the songs.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

WWE Legend: Bret The Hitman Hart

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

We'd all thank our parents and spouses who've all helped and sacrificed so much so we can do what we love.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

No autotune live, no backing tracks. We miss the time when live meant live.

10. Memorable tour experience?


11. What does mean to you?

The best source for the best music. Intelligent, unbiased, subjective and fair reviews, creating a brand of integrity and consistency.

12. What is your favorite song to play?

Greatest Crime of the 21st Century (from our debut EP)

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?


14. What music reminds you of childhood?

Pop punk bands like The Ataris and Blink 182.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

The ability to transform people with positive energy. Life is short and music is too unbelievably amazing to be cloaked in negativity.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?

Ryan Clayton (Vocals/Guitar) does his vocal warm ups while drinking pineapple juice with honey. Adam Green (Lead Guitar) chugs a monster energy drink. Sam King (Bass) jumps up and down and Bryan Fowler (Drums) changes into basketball shorts while humming his backup vocal parts.

17. What is something most fans don't know about you?

That we truly don't care about the popularity aspect of music. We write these songs because we feel them and hope that you will too. The particular song "Hang On" was written by Ryan Clayton in a effort to leave a legacy that could save a life with a single song.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?

The current state of radio is a dinosaur as far as we're concerned. It's still around and still holds power from a distribution sense. The younger generations are a full on iPod army. Getting your song on their ipod will create more success then getting your song on the radio in our opinion. We have been played on the radio and feel our "style" is marketable within the radio paradigm.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

We all enjoy a good comedy movie, fishing, reading, learning about space, time and the possibility of aliens.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

Ryan is a gifted chess player, Adam could win the forklift olympics, Sam is a woodworking god and Bryan is a genius electrician. -

"EP Review"

The Dramatic Finish was formed in August 2012 in Vancouver.

When front man, Ryan Clayton and drummer, Bryan Fowler decided to start the band, they wanted something fresh, unique, edgy and real, while still maintaining a pop sensibility. When they found the remaining members, Adam Green (Lead Guitar) and Sam King (Bass), they knew they were ready.

Their self titled 4 song EP was released on June 8, 2013. It was produced and engineered by Rick
Wellen of Clark Drive Studios in Vancouver. Their song “The Riot” has been featured on 99.3 The Fox and 98.3 CIFM Kamloops Best Rock, while their song “She Hides” was chosen as the “Subway Fresh Track of the Week” from June 8-June 15) on 98.3 CIFM.

The EP opens with “The Riot”, the heavier of the EP, and full of energy. I can picture this song actually being played in the middle of a riot, they do a great job getting you into that frame of mind.

Next comes, my favorite on the EP, “She Hides”. It has more of a pop feel than “The Riot”, and Ryan’s voice is a lot lighter. If you like pop or punk pop, you will love this song. I have heard this song two times and already know most of the words. It’s easy to sing along to, and the lyrics really tell a story.

“Hang On” is the third track and is the slower track on the EP. It really shows the versatlity of Ryan’s voice. The vocals are smooth and full of meaning in this song. You can tell these guys put everything into their music, and enjoy what they are doing. Keep an eye out for an upcoming interview with the band, you may just find out more behind the meaning of their songs, because I’d really like to know.

The final song on the EP is “Greatest Crime of the 21st century” and it takes us back to the heavier side of the band. I can’t get over how different the vocals sound in each song.

There really is something for everyone on this EP. So go on iTunes and get it!

If you want to learn more about the band, follow them on twitter ( @TheDramaticFin ) and “like” them on facebook:

-Jenna Melanson- Canadian Beats - Canadian Beats


The Dramatic Finish is a rock band based in Vancouver. The band consists of Ryan Clayton (Vocals/ Rhythm Guitar), Adam Green (Lead Guitar), Bryan Fowler (Drums) and Sam King (Bass).

If you missed the review that I did of their EP, you can check that out here:

I had the opportunity to do a virtual interview with the band, so keep reading!

How did you choose the name “The Dramatic Finish”?

DF: The name came to be when Ryan (Vocalist/Guitarist) and Bryan’s (Drummer) previous project came to an end due to lack of commitment, morals and integrity of certain members. Ryan wanted to create something that was greater than the sum of his previous music ventures, his climax as a song writer, musician and story teller. When he told Bryan the name, he immediately loved it, they started jamming just the two of them and The Dramatic Finish was born. They later found Adam (Lead Guitar) and Sam (Bass) and the machine was complete.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music?

DF: If it’s not obvious to anyone that knows us as a band or personally, music has always been in our blood. The passion that runs through the veins of this band is strong and true and we all feel like it’s our destiny to fuel the fire that burns within us.

I recently reviewed your self-titled EP, I really liked “She Hides”; can you tell me the meaning behind the song?

DF: From the very beginning, the motto of The Dramatic Finish has been to make our music for the right reasons. Although none of us are obviously females, we wanted to write a song to offer hope and compassion towards each and every female out there, struggling through life. We wanted to show and let them feel through our music that we understand how they try to hide it, how strong they are and how much they just want a decent person to save them from all the darkness that can creep into their lives. The central theme of the song is them seeking something real in the people they let into their lives, trying their best to filter out the “fakeness”.

What can your fans look forward to from you in the future?

DF: For just a new band we already have a ton of songs. It has honestly come so easy for us to put these all together in such a short time and we contribute that to our amazing chemistry as musicians and lack of egos as human beings. We are going to be hitting the studio again over the next year to record the next batch of songs, record a high quality music video, play shows with bigger bands at bigger venues and grow our brand until “The Dramatic Finish” becomes a household name.

Up until now, what has been the most memorable moment in your music career?

DF: While it varies among the various members of the band, the most memorable moment we’ve had together was seeing the overwhelming reaction at our first show this past June (2013). We had gotten so used to playing and practicing the songs over the past year in our private rehearsal space that we forgot that nobody else had heard any of these songs yet. It was extremely exciting and rewarding to see all the people almost immediately get engulfed in our music and wanting more when the show was over.

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

DF: We would love to work with Tim from Rise Against or Kris from The Ataris. Both are highly respected singer/songwriters that would know what to do with a band like ours and take us to the next level.

Who would you say has been your biggest musical influence?

DF: As a collective band I would say Rise Against is our biggest influence. Their music is timeless; their songs are chalked full of morals, truth and integrity with the perfect amount of aggression, hooks and production.

If you had to explain your sound in one word, what word would you choose?

DF: “Post-Hardcore”. Every song we write has meaning, layers and dimension. We try to create them to be as dynamic as possible while still containing our signature catchy hooks.

What is your current go-to song? (Not your own)

DF: “12/15/10” – The Ataris

What is the first concert you remember attending?

DF: Goldfinger in the 1990’s

Which social media website do you prefer?

DF: We prefer twitter from a social interaction sense, but youtube from an educational standpoint.

How important do you think social media is in the music industry today?

DF: We think it’s important, however we feel a lot of bands get lost and caught up in how many twitter followers or facebook likes they have and forget that one day this stuff might not still be around; but if your music is good enough and timeless enough then it will last. Our approach is to create the music that we feel deep down inside and hope that it resonates with our fans to want to help spread the word and support our journey of truth and passion.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

DF: We want to thank each and every one of you for supporting us as we take this very “against the grain” approach to the music industry, branding and marketing. We want you to love our band because the music touches you and not for any other reason. We want you to know that every time we play these songs in public or in private we feel them and give the same energy whether there are people watching or not. We want to be the band that offers hope and a life line to those who are giving up and have nowhere else to go or turn to. Hang On particularly was written to help save someone’s life that is contemplating suicide. It was written unselfishly, for no commercial gain and we want nothing more than for that song to be passed along from one strong soul to another (link to lyric video): - Canadian Beats


Still working on that hot first release.



The Dramatic Finish will be releasing a video and their first of 3 singles, 'Zombie Parade', October 11, 2015.  After being featured on CFOX Indie Night in Canada and CIFM Subway Fresh Tracks summer rotation, they knew there was potential to push their limits.  They did exactly that when they collaborated with producer/engineer Dean Maher (Rise Against, Hedley, Marianas Trench, Elton John) to create three songs to make a relentless impact in 2016.

"You can tell these guys put everything into their music and enjoy what they are doing."- Canadian Beats - online publication

There is no restraint, from impenetrable rock exposing political corruption to a message of hardship and suicide, their music is "easy to sing along to and the lyrics really tell a story".  Their diverse poetic and formal backgrounds conspire a vibratory rock/pop punk sound and visual performance that will leave you asking yourself, "What the hell just hit me?"  
This is the beginning of The Dramatic Finish.

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