WAXMEN

WAXMEN

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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Winner of 2010 TIMA for Best Alt. Rock band in ONT.
What is that WAXMEN sound? It is guitar driven rock fronted by powerful vocals, supported by a thick bass\drum pocket, decorated with amazing guitar licks\solos, and accented by 3 part harmonies. The hooks in the songs will leave you humming them for days. Amazingly tight, energetic live show!.

Biography

WAXMEN is a hard hitting trio with an amazing live energy that entered the Toronto music landscape in 2008 and changed it immediately; they added more Rock.

The band, whose lineup is comprised of James Stefanuk (Lead Vocals\Bass), Shawn Royal (Drums\Backing Vocals) and Tyson Froese (Guitar\Backing Vocals), immediately started garnering attention right from their first show. Showcasing at The Reverb in Toronto on a fateful day in April 2008, they immediately began to build their fan base as they blasted through a set of hard rocking songs stamped with the WAXMEN signature sound. 100+ shows later and that fan base is now large, faithful, loud and constantly growing.

What is that WAXMEN sound? The guys describe it as "Alternative Groove Rock" that makes people bob their heads and shake what they got. It is guitar driven rock fronted by powerful vocals, supported by a thick bass\drum pocket, decorated with amazing guitar licks\solos, and accented by 3 part harmonies. The WAXMEN sound is familiar, yet very unique and the hooks in the songs will leave you humming them for days.

The band has gained some fantastic attention from the industry since their inception. EDGE 102 featured them as an Indie Steamwhistle showcase band in 2009. Not only did WAXMEN have their first single Better Off spun, they did an on air interview with D.J. Darryl Spring. WAXMEN then played to a raucous crowd that packed the Yonge St. Studio beyond capacity, so the fans spilled out into the street. After the set, the band unloaded 200 copies of their first EP in a matter of minutes. In August 2010 WAXMEN launched their debut full length CD "Eleven" to a sold-out crowd at The Horseshoe tavern in Toronto. That same year, on the heels of that show, the band won the TIMA (Toronto Independent Music Award) for Best Alternative Rock Band. "Eleven" now boasts sales of 4000+ CD units, as well as fantastic online sales stats. Tracks from Eleven are being spun on numerous college and internet radio stations and the band continues to receive great press reviews for both their live performances, as well as their recorded works.

Based on the bands reputation for an amazingly tight and energetic live rock show, the band continues to play all of the main "A" rooms in Ontario. Promoters love to book the band as they know they deliver, and people leave happy. WAXMEN shares the stage with some of todays heaviest hitters, most recently doing a couple of shows with LA's Rival Sons.

WAXMEN released their new EP "Shadow" in October 2012 during Indie Week. The band continues to reach out by doing as many shows as they can, where they reconnect with existing fans and pick up new ones.

The band will be extensively touring Canada in 2013. WAXMEN is truly a band that should not be missed.

Lyrics

Shadow

Written By: J. Stefanuk

Desperately waiting
For some kind of change
It feels like my atoms
Are gonna rearrange
Find a new kind of hero
And crawl back to zero
It's time for the author to turn that page

Hey you whatcha gonna do when the men in white coats come calling for you?
Anything your Mother says
I won't ever be a slave, gonna sell my soul from the bottom of a grave
Dealing with the Devil in my bed

I'm a shadow in the sunshine
I'm a beast in a cage
A machine gun, but the war's already won
I'm a fistful of rage

Left without warning
Pushed through the gates
My rotten apple
Has gone to the grave
Need a real live hero
And reset to zero
Goodbye to a martyr and go my way

Hey you whatcha gonna do when the little white ghost starts talking to you
Can't escape the voices in your head
I don't wanna go insane from the chemical dirt running through my veins
All my friends are already dead

I'm a shadow in the sunshine
I'm a beast in a cage
A machine gun, but the war's already won
I'm a fistful of rage

Bad Dream

Written By: J. Stefanuk

There is a time, there is a place where nothing is real
Stoned out of my mind, off my face
My mind did rot
How could I have known this false enlightenment was wearing me thin
What did I care? I was only sleeping

It's just a bad dream
Just a bad dream

When I was young I followed you 'round like I was lost
Stepped on your feet, knocked you down off that cross
What did I see in sleeping beauties that bend like a blade
Who was watching me from behind the arrow

It's just a bad dream
Just a bad dream

There is a time, there is a place where nothing exists
But where there's a will, there is a way, and where there's a way
I'll find it
One shot in the dark, one chance to hit that mark
And die like I meant it
The more I see this dream called me the more I see

It's just a bad dream
just a bad dream

Go It Alone

Written By: J. Stefanuk

Fell on my head
Tongue tied, tripping on the things I said
I want you, I need you, I love you
I'm going away
Away so I don't have to feel this way
I feel like I'm breaking in two

It won't be long
You should be strong

You don't have to go it alone

Sun is gone
This dog's been hunting for far too long
I howl in the night just for you
I see your face
a dark reflection in a hidden place
It's you, it's me, it's you I see, it's you it's you it's you it's you

It won't be long
You should be strong

You don't have to go it alone

It won't be long
You should be strong

You don't have to go it alone