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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

When DIY music tools like are teamed up with Canada’s #1 Indie Talent search, you know you're gonna find some supremely hardcore undiscovered talent. The rock metal rhythms of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, one of 10 finalists in this year’s Fox Vancouver Seeds Indie Talent Competition, definitely held their own this year against an array of competitive musical styles.

Hailing from New Westminster, British Columbia, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes released a self-titled EP in 2007, and now - with a little help from bands like Noise Therapy, Hedley, and A Textbook Tragedy - the 5 ‘Gentlemen’ have just wrapped up their new 11-song album, The Masquerade. They also sat down with to talk about how all their hard work and dedication has paid off.

So how do each of you fit into the band?

It is hard to talk about the individuals in the band because even though we each bring our own style to the band, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is its own thing. It is like when the Power Rangers summon their Zords to form their Megazord... Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the Megazord.

Technically speaking though, it goes like this:
Blake Blesse - Vox
Jared Clance - Guitar/Vox
Shan Robertson - Guitar
Kyle Otsuji - Bass
Teddy T - Drums

How would you describe your band’s sound?

We could write a whole article on the amazing sounds that we blast into your listening holes, but when you break it down it only takes one word: Rockin’. If our band were an inanimate object we would be a tree because we are so rockin’.

(For the record, I have no idea what that means, but it was funny and I figured it was a BC thing, so I moved on... hehe)

So... what's the most rewarding thing about being in a band?

Besides all the millions of fans and all our skrilla’? It may sound obvious, but making music is what it comes down to. It is what we enjoy and is why we are in a band. Then it just grows from there (because our band is a tree). (lol)

Making music is great but it is when people enjoy it that adds the icing to the cake. When we have fans come up to us after a performance and tell us how much they enjoyed rockin’ out or send us a message online to tell us that they like a song, it really makes all the work we do worth it. The free pitchers of "water" we get at some shows are a bonus too.

Was there any particular moment or event that made you realize you wanted to pursue music full time?

When we dropped out of school we realized we needed something to do so we began creating sweet melodies together. In 2008 we played Warped Tour, it wasn’t even half way through the set when we all realized these melodies were a life commitment, and a damn good one.

What brought you to the Vancouver Seeds competition?

We finished our album, The Masquerade, about a week before the deadline for entries into Fox Seeds. Our friend Brett heard the CD and pushed us to enter the contest. It was a good day when we heard we were among the top 20!

Since we just finished our album we had a bunch of new, unheard songs that our fans wanted to hear. The site allowed us to showcase these new songs in a way so that people had to visit our voting page to hear them. This brought friends, fans, and curious onlookers (which soon became new fans) to our voting page.

What would you tell others about the website and DIY band tools? is unique from other community sites because it is music specific. We have enjoyed showcasing our songs to people who genuinely interested in hearing our music. Being able to check out local bands and events is another great feature. We have made a lot of friends and new fans since signing up, and we will continue to use the site now that Seeds is over.

Where is your favourite place to play?

Aside from playing Warped Tour, we'll all have to agree that the island is the place to play shows, specifically Nanaimo. There is such a large music scene in that area and they all come out to shows for a good time. It is unfortunate right now that promoters and organizers are having a really hard time finding all age venues as many are closing their doors due to noise complaints. This makes playing Nanaimo shows even more special for us when they come up.

Ok last question... a tough one. If you had to listen to one album on repeat for the rest of your life, what album would it be and why?

Since the Megazord, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, couldn't decide on one album we had to break it down to our individual interests...

Blake: Love Compilation by The Beatles
I cant think of a specific CD I enjoy most by them but that CD brings a lot of my favorite songs together which I can listen to any time and provide me with positive feelings. It has everything from relaxed beats to their pop hits that just makes me wanna move.

Jared: The Big Dirty by Everytime I Die
The lyrics are awesome, it has really unique riffs, and song structure. I’ve listened to it almost every day since I got it and haven't gotten sick of it. I also like it because I am big and dirty...but mainly because it brings the pain.

Shan: Willy and the Poor Boys by Credence Clearwater Revival
I love this CD because no matter what mood I’m in or where I am it's always the first CD I pick to listen to.

Kyle: Enema of the State by Blink 182
Blink is the shit and they are the band that inspired me to join a band.

Teddy: Miss Machine by Dillinger Escape Plan
This album is complete in every way it has everything I want when I am looking for a CD.

(Such a variety of influences... and I'm a huge fan of Dillinger Escape Plan, awesome!)


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes made it all the way to the Top 10 in this year's Fox Vancouver Seeds Indie Talent Competition, powered by I'm sure we'll be hearing much more from these self-propelled metal rock artists in the future, but for now check out their new album The Masquerade and let them know what you think at!


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