We Are Canyons

Canyons is in the midst of recording our new EP for the wonderful LA label Big Joy Records, it should be done in the next month or so. Manny Lopez from Dahga Bloom has been producing it, and it’s sounding great. Also I’ve been really feeling this VU song lately so I’m posting it. Deal with it.


So we’re leaving for tour this Thursday and this song has been stuck in my head for quite some time. Kyle Field (Little Wings) is one of the best songwriters currently around and so I decided to do a quick cover of “Old Mr. Natural”.


So we leave next Thursday for the Canyons/Fugue Funyons Tour 2014. If you’re around any of these cities you should come check us out!
Thursday, January 2nd - Fresno, CA @ The Chinatown Gallery w/ Midwest Moms, Pedestrian, Tyrannosaurus Zebra. https://www.facebook.com/events/1403193516585970/Friday, January 3rd - Santa Cruz, CA @ Metavinyl w/ BedhedSaturday, Janaury 4th - Arcata, CA @ The Birdhouse w/ Hollow Downhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1395254777389473/Sunday, January 5th - Eugene, CA IN NEED OF A SHOWMonday, January 6th - Seattle, WA @ Earth Hollow RadioTuesday, January 7th - Olympia, WA @ The Track HouseThursday, January 9th - Portland, OR @ The Laughing Horse w/ The Sky Above and the Earth BelowSaturday, January 11th - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Frankie Teardrop’sSunday, January 12th - Santa Barbara, CA @ The Hard to Find w/ Easter Teeth, Hi Ho Silver, and Sun Daes. https://www.facebook.com/events/241716105993170/
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So we leave next Thursday for the Canyons/Fugue Funyons Tour 2014. If you’re around any of these cities you should come check us out!

Thursday, January 2nd - Fresno, CA @ The Chinatown Gallery w/ Midwest Moms, Pedestrian, Tyrannosaurus Zebra. https://www.facebook.com/events/1403193516585970/
Friday, January 3rd - Santa Cruz, CA @ Metavinyl w/ Bedhed
Saturday, Janaury 4th - Arcata, CA @ The Birdhouse w/ Hollow Down
https://www.facebook.com/events/1395254777389473/
Sunday, January 5th - Eugene, CA IN NEED OF A SHOW
Monday, January 6th - Seattle, WA @ Earth Hollow Radio
Tuesday, January 7th - Olympia, WA @ The Track House
Thursday, January 9th - Portland, OR @ The Laughing Horse w/ The Sky Above and the Earth Below
Saturday, January 11th - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Frankie Teardrop’s
Sunday, January 12th - Santa Barbara, CA @ The Hard to Find w/ Easter Teeth, Hi Ho Silver, and Sun Daes. https://www.facebook.com/events/241716105993170/


So in January we are going on tour with our friends in Fugue up the West coast and back. Unfortunately due to us all being rather poor college students are pretty tight on funds. We started this Indiegogo campaign to raise some funds for our transportation costs (upkeep of the van, gas prices, etc…). If you decided to donate we’ve got plenty of goodies that will sweeten the deal like tapes, shirts, pins, stickers, unreleased songs,  homemade art, waffles, etc… So if you have a lil extra cash lying around and want to support some people who love music, we’d greatly appreciate it!
thanks!
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/canyons-fugue-tour-fund

So in January we are going on tour with our friends in Fugue up the West coast and back. Unfortunately due to us all being rather poor college students are pretty tight on funds. We started this Indiegogo campaign to raise some funds for our transportation costs (upkeep of the van, gas prices, etc…). If you decided to donate we’ve got plenty of goodies that will sweeten the deal like tapes, shirts, pins, stickers, unreleased songs,  homemade art, waffles, etc… So if you have a lil extra cash lying around and want to support some people who love music, we’d greatly appreciate it!

thanks!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/canyons-fugue-tour-fund


While in the spirit of covers, Canyons is also going to be playing a halloween set as Modest Mouse with some help from our friends in Fugue There are other great bands covering awesome artists and it should be sweet
https://www.facebook.com/events/320074531470131/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
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While in the spirit of covers, Canyons is also going to be playing a halloween set as Modest Mouse with some help from our friends in Fugue There are other great bands covering awesome artists and it should be sweet

https://www.facebook.com/events/320074531470131/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular


"Still in Love" - Hank Williams cover

Just feeling this song today. 


This Wednesday we’re playing at The Smell with one of our favorite So-Cal bands Palm Reader! It’s also being put on by KXLU which is the best!
https://www.facebook.com/events/513371332068907/

This Wednesday we’re playing at The Smell with one of our favorite So-Cal bands Palm Reader! It’s also being put on by KXLU which is the best!

https://www.facebook.com/events/513371332068907/


We recently got interviewed by a blog called the Correspondence. Here’s how that interview went down.
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We recently had a chance to interview Canyons, a local Orange County, CA band. Jeremy (guitar/vocals) answered the questions on behalf of the band due to their busy schedules. You can check out Canyons on Facebook, Tumblr, and grab an EP for free over at their Bandcamp. Check out what Jeremy had to say about the new music, the local scene, and much more!The Correspondence: How did the band get started?
Canyons: Well 3/4th’s of our band has been playing together since early high school off and on in various projects. Canyons started after our current bassist Garrett moved up North for a few years. Our drummer, Nick, and I started this band with another friend of ours who played guitar in 2010. Over the years though I think we’ve lost 6 or 7 bassists and the friend who we started the band with, but luckily Garrett moved back a little while ago and we finally solidified our lineup. 
The C: Do you guys like the music scene in Fullerton/Orange County?
 
Canyons: The local music scene is a very fickle thing, occasionally it can be cool but often times it’s a bit at odds with what we do. There’s a lot of garage rock and psychedelic music due to our proximity to Burger Records, which can be cool sometimes but doesn’t really make a ton of sense with what we do. On the other hand, places outside of Orange County like Los Angeles, Pomona, Long Beach, etc… have pretty thriving music scenes that work much better with our style.The C: You guys posted about an album coming out soon; can you give us any details on that?
 
Canyons: The album that we posted about is actually just an official release of our first self released EP that we did about two years ago. It’s being put out by our friend’s label, Trabajo Records, which we’re really excited about. Since you’re asking about new albums though, we are in the midst of recording our follow up EP, which hopefully will see the light of day by the end of summer. The C: Will there be some shows to follow up its release?Canyons: In July we’re planning on playing a release show at The Smell in LA, which is being sponsored by the College station KXLU. Other than that though, we’re working on the new recordings and playing local shows here and there. No touring plans at the moment. 
The C: What is the dream venue that you’d love to play? How about dream artist to work with?
 

Canyons: I really enjoy it when we get to play at local art galleries, so I think it would be incredible to get to play at a place like LACMA or The Getty. I know that those museums hold summer concert series, which are pretty great. 
 
As for artists to collaborate with, I can only speak for myself but I would absolutely freak over the chance to collaborate with Chan Marshall (Cat Power) or Tom Waits. I’ve been in love with both of them for years. I’d probably be too petrified to go through with it though. 
The C: Are you hoping to get some attention from labels with this new release or do you prefer the DIY way?
 
Canyons: I know that we are planning on sending it out to blogs and labels, just to see if we even get a response. We’re DIY currently more out of necessity than want.
 
The C: Did any band members have any formal training or were you all self-taught musicians?
 
Canyons: Our drummer and piano player both have had some form of lessons in their past, but our bassist and I have no actual training. I taught myself how to playing guitar, and just sort of figured out how to sing.
The C: Who are some of your biggest influences?
 
Canyons: Some artists that have had a pretty big impact on us are one’s like Fugazi, Talking Heads, Sam Cooke, Charles Mingus, Pavement, John Fahey, Fela Kuti, Calvin Johnson, Sonic Youth, Thelonious Monk, Grizzly Bear, Beach Boys…
The C: How has your music evolved from when the band first started to now?Canyons: When we started we had more members so our sound was a bit more orchestrated. There’s a lot less of the atmospheric post-rock influence now. When our former guitarist left the band, it put a lot more of the songwriting in my hands and my influences aren’t as firmly cemented in the “Rawk” world so I think that started coming out a lot more. 
The C: What would you say your biggest accomplishment has been so far
 
Canyons: I think the thing I’m most proud of is the fact that we’ve written some songs that I really enjoy, and that we continue to push our music into new areas. We’ve played some venues that I’ve loved and played with some artists that I really like, but overall I think just making the music that we do is our biggest accomplishment. 
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We recently got interviewed by a blog called the Correspondence. Here’s how that interview went down.

——————————————————————————————————————————————-

We recently had a chance to interview Canyons, a local Orange County, CA band. Jeremy (guitar/vocals) answered the questions on behalf of the band due to their busy schedules. You can check out Canyons on FacebookTumblr, and grab an EP for free over at their Bandcamp. Check out what Jeremy had to say about the new music, the local scene, and much more!
The Correspondence: How did the band get started?

Canyons: Well 3/4th’s of our band has been playing together since early high school off and on in various projects. Canyons started after our current bassist Garrett moved up North for a few years. Our drummer, Nick, and I started this band with another friend of ours who played guitar in 2010. Over the years though I think we’ve lost 6 or 7 bassists and the friend who we started the band with, but luckily Garrett moved back a little while ago and we finally solidified our lineup. 


The C: Do you guys like the music scene in Fullerton/Orange County?
 
Canyons: The local music scene is a very fickle thing, occasionally it can be cool but often times it’s a bit at odds with what we do. There’s a lot of garage rock and psychedelic music due to our proximity to Burger Records, which can be cool sometimes but doesn’t really make a ton of sense with what we do. On the other hand, places outside of Orange County like Los Angeles, Pomona, Long Beach, etc… have pretty thriving music scenes that work much better with our style.

The C: You guys posted about an album coming out soon; can you give us any details on that?
 
Canyons: The album that we posted about is actually just an official release of our first self released EP that we did about two years ago. It’s being put out by our friend’s label, Trabajo Records, which we’re really excited about. Since you’re asking about new albums though, we are in the midst of recording our follow up EP, which hopefully will see the light of day by the end of summer. 

The C: Will there be some shows to follow up its release?

Canyons: In July we’re planning on playing a release show at The Smell in LA, which is being sponsored by the College station KXLU. Other than that though, we’re working on the new recordings and playing local shows here and there. No touring plans at the moment. 

The C: What is the dream venue that you’d love to play? How about dream artist to work with?
 
Canyons: I really enjoy it when we get to play at local art galleries, so I think it would be incredible to get to play at a place like LACMA or The Getty. I know that those museums hold summer concert series, which are pretty great. 
 
As for artists to collaborate with, I can only speak for myself but I would absolutely freak over the chance to collaborate with Chan Marshall (Cat Power) or Tom Waits. I’ve been in love with both of them for years. I’d probably be too petrified to go through with it though. 

The C: Are you hoping to get some attention from labels with this new release or do you prefer the DIY way?
 
Canyons: I know that we are planning on sending it out to blogs and labels, just to see if we even get a response. We’re DIY currently more out of necessity than want.
 
The C: Did any band members have any formal training or were you all self-taught musicians?
 
Canyons: Our drummer and piano player both have had some form of lessons in their past, but our bassist and I have no actual training. I taught myself how to playing guitar, and just sort of figured out how to sing.

The C: Who are some of your biggest influences?
 
Canyons: Some artists that have had a pretty big impact on us are one’s like Fugazi, Talking Heads, Sam Cooke, Charles Mingus, Pavement, John Fahey, Fela Kuti, Calvin Johnson, Sonic Youth, Thelonious Monk, Grizzly Bear, Beach Boys…

The C: How has your music evolved from when the band first started to now?

Canyons: When we started we had more members so our sound was a bit more orchestrated. There’s a lot less of the atmospheric post-rock influence now. When our former guitarist left the band, it put a lot more of the songwriting in my hands and my influences aren’t as firmly cemented in the “Rawk” world so I think that started coming out a lot more. 

The C: What would you say your biggest accomplishment has been so far
 
Canyons: I think the thing I’m most proud of is the fact that we’ve written some songs that I really enjoy, and that we continue to push our music into new areas. We’ve played some venues that I’ve loved and played with some artists that I really like, but overall I think just making the music that we do is our biggest accomplishment. 

Office Chart 06/26/13

In honor of us actually doing things again, here’s a little update on what we’ve been into.

1. Bobby Womack- Harry Hippy

2. Majical Cloudz- Turns Turns Turns

3. Karen Dalton- Something On My Mind

4. Harry Nilsson- Everybody’s Talkin’

5. Kanye West- Blame Game

6. Iron & Wine- Lovers’ Revolution

7. How To Dress Well- & It Was You

8. Nick Drake- Hazy Jane II

9. The Sandman- Neil Gaiman

10. Forming by Jesse Moynihan (http://jessemoynihan.com) !!!


Tumblr posting has achieved an all time low and we apologize. But we come bearing news! Our first EP that we released awhile back is being put out on our friends label Trabajo Records (http://trabajorecords.blogspot.com)  which you can order from them or from us at a show. 
In other news we’re also in the final stages of our new EP, which will hopefully be out in some form by fall.
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Tumblr posting has achieved an all time low and we apologize. But we come bearing news! Our first EP that we released awhile back is being put out on our friends label Trabajo Records (http://trabajorecords.blogspot.com)  which you can order from them or from us at a show. 

In other news we’re also in the final stages of our new EP, which will hopefully be out in some form by fall.


We are also playing tonight at the Continental Room in Downtown Fullerton with some awesome bands, who happen to be good friends as well. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/533247116698619/

We are also playing tonight at the Continental Room in Downtown Fullerton with some awesome bands, who happen to be good friends as well. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/533247116698619/


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At the beginning of this month we played at The Smell w/ Palm Reader, Protect Me, and Business Cats, and it was awesome. 


Canyons is playing with a bunch of our friends this next friday for Downtown Fullerton’s 3rd Art Walk Anniversary, it’s going to be an awesome show.
check it:
https://www.facebook.com/events/451396481593687/?fref=ts
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Canyons is playing with a bunch of our friends this next friday for Downtown Fullerton’s 3rd Art Walk Anniversary, it’s going to be an awesome show.

check it:

https://www.facebook.com/events/451396481593687/?fref=ts


inner diva, irony free— by way of Beyonce.


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Also here are some photos of us playing at Buffalo Exchange this last weekend in Fullerton.

All photos taken by Carlos Gonzalez