Bullets in Overdrive (f.k.a. KJB Agents and Kid Hevy) have been around since early 2000, playing shows with Hedley, Art of Dying, and even State of Shock at a very young age. As the band has matured, so has their sound. The band's creative writing has...
Bullets in Overdrive (f.k.a. KJB Agents and Kid Hevy) have been around since early 2000, playing shows with Hedley, Art of Dying, and even State of Shock at a very young age. As the band has matured, so has their sound. The band's creative writing has caught the attention of producer Dan Swiminer, also the drummer for Jet Black Stare. You can find that they range from solid rythms to delicate harmonies with songs like "Strip Away" and "Here We Go". With the help from Dan, the band has been able to bring their talent to new levels and more opportunities.
BiO's high-energy live performance is something you don't want to miss! An ear-grabbing introduction and a severe drum solo cannot be ignored! Keep posted for the release of new songs and upcoming shows!!!
Bullets in Overdrive Cd Release party/concert revi by Portal oline Rock Magazine By Donna Mair Feb 2009 The first time I heard 'Bullets in Overdrive' was on our local rock station, CFOX. They were broadcasting 'on location' at one of our local grocery store chains to raise...
Muen Magazine interview by Muen Magazine By: BC Blonde Feb. 2009 MUEN: Hello to you, nice to make your acquaintance. It's so nice to interview home grown talent here in lovely Vancouver. Is everyone from BC? BIO: Yes we're all from BC, me...
Bullets in Overdrive Cd Release party/concert revi by Portal oline Rock Magazine By Donna Mair Feb 2009 The first time I heard 'Bullets in Overdrive' was on our local rock station, CFOX. They were broadcasting 'on location' at one of our local grocery store chains to raise money for the Vancouver Food Bank. The deal was they would play one minute of any local or unsigned band's song, for a $100 dollar donation. $200 dollars netted the band 2 minutes, and so on, and they'd allow one band member on air to introduce their song, the band name and Myspace link or website, before playing the song.
The DJ's introduced Bullets in Overdrive (called KJB Agents at the time) by prefacing the intro with 'this band is still in high school but they seriously rock already.' That got my attention and the song itself, 'Where Did the Love Go' held my attention for the entire song. After the song was over, they spoke to one of the fellows in the band, asking him what prompted him to donate that amount of money to the Food Bank, and about the song in general -which was incredibly mature in its writing, for such a young person - and as I listened to him speak about charity and being as fortunate as he was, I had a feeling about the young man and so looked his band up on Myspace. They were good. Good enough that I've been following them ever since.
Fast forward about 3 yrs and here the band is playing at the Roxy in downtown Vancouver - presented by the very same radio station on a Tuesday Night Indie Night. The band has gained a fourth member - Mel M on lead guitar, and they've grown up considerably both in stature and maturity. Their writing has just gotten better and better, and so has their live performance. Their reputation has grown too, and they've been billed alongside Hedley, Art of Dying and even my current favorite band, State of Shock. They've also been working with Producer (and drummer for Jet Black Stare) Dan Swiminer, to hone their craft further.
I recently attended Bullets in Overdrive's CD Release Party at the Roxy, and was blown away by this young group. Brandon Armstrong on drums, Jordan Armstrong doing double duty as Vocalist and Rhythm guitar, Kelsey M Pothier on bass, and Mel M on lead guitar. They started the set with a kick in the pants rendition of 'Back to the Misery' and never let off the steam the entire setlist. 'Hard to Breathe' and 'As TIme Goes By' followed, all new songs from the cd, then a guitar solo by Mel leading into 'Follow' and it just kept going. The energy they put into their performance didnt flag for one instant. 'Now or Never', and 'Here we Go' rounded out the setlist to make way for Brandon's drum solo - which is pretty much legendary by now - hard core fans (and yes this young band has quite a loyal and large fan base already) know that no show is complete without Brandon wailing on the skins. From there into a cover of 'Bad Girlfriend' (which actually didnt sound as good as the band's own material in this concert goer's opinion), and the set ending with 'Where Did Love Go' (my song!) and 'Strip Away'.
A solid set, good sound on an average club sound system, tons of energy, 100% dedication to giving the fans what they paid to come see - AND this band is still approachable, humble about their success so far, and willing to do the hard work needed to ensure longevity in this business. With dedication and desire such as they have - I think they're going to go far.
Muen Magazine interview by Muen Magazine By: BC Blonde
MUEN: Hello to you, nice to make your acquaintance. It's so nice to interview home grown talent here in lovely Vancouver. Is everyone from BC?
BIO: Yes we're all from BC, me and my brother Jordan (singer) met Kelsey (bassist) when we became neighbors in North Delta, a suburb of Vancouver. We meet Mel on Myspace and she has been on lead guitar for almost a year now!
MUEN: Is it true that you began playing between 8 - 11 years old in this band. A band shaped by 8 year olds! How wonderfully crazy! How did you all realize that you were capable of such?
BIO: Yeah, Jordan was 8 and me and Kelsey were 9 when we played our first show at Stardust Roller Rink, Battle Of The Bands! We never did win but we went on to play ten more Battles there! That's where we fell in love with performing! There were great big crowds that use to come out the shows back then we felt like rock stars! We've been chasing the dream ever since lol!
MUEN: How old is everybody to date?
BIO: Jordan 16, Kelsey 17, me (Brandon) 17 and Mel 24.
MUEN: What has it been like playing in clubs at such a young age? You have played with some big names as well! Hedley, State Of Shock and Art of Dying are a couple of good ones, did you enjoy that experience?
BIO: Its been a great experience and we love playing live shows! We have learned a lot watching the bigger bands and their tricks of the trade! Playing in the Night Clubs is fun when your under age if they club has a good back stage for us to hang lol We love playing the Roxy in Vancouver the sound is amazing the crowd is awesome and the back stage is the best in the city lol!
MUEN: Your music is much more "adult" than you actually are. You write at a level that people in their 20's and 30's are dancing to in the clubs! How do you do it?
BIO: Someone in the band usually comes up with an idea usually its Jordan and then we all build on it! But it's mainly been the knowledge we gained since we started working with our producer Dan Swiminer! We didn't know much about song structure before but recording and working with a producer really helped mature our sound. We actually purposely try to broaden the meaning of our songs to include all ages male and female!
MUEN: Are you enjoying the popularity of your success? Is there anything that you may not particularly like?
BIO: Gaining fans is the best feeling ever because you know someone is listening to what you wrote from your heart, and there is nothing like it. We haven't gained enough popularity yet to see or feel the negative side of success yet lol!
MUEN: Brandon and Jordan, I understand that your dad plays a large role in your management. What's that like for you?
BIO: Usually things are a little hectic around the house with our dad booking our shows and finding ways for us to get our music heard! It has been awesome to have someone helping us that we totally trust though! It takes the whole band though to keep the machine going and there's no day's off! Its actually a hard job to be in a band, we put more ours into it than a job and the pay at this point sucks lol We do it for the love of playing music and for the dream of having music as our career! Our dads dream is to be in the front row at GM Place rocking out to us one day lol!
MUEN: I first heard you guys as KJB Agents, when and why did you change your name to that of BIO?
BIO: We never found the name KJB very attractive and when Mel joined the band it didn't make sense anymore since it was the 3 of our initials. Mel came up with the new name and we loved it so we switched to Bullets In Overdrive.
MUEN: How is the recording experience for you? Any problem encountered? I ask because time is money and money is time, and well, sometimes pressure comes about when you have only so much money and so much studio time. Are you almost done with everything?
BIO: recording, for me anyways is always a blast even though I'm blowing up my back pocket as I drum my ass off, but generally we do good in the studio. We do tones of prep before we go into the studio so that we know our parts inside and out so we can cut down on the re-takes and editing because time is money and we don't have much money lol. Practicing is free so that's where we spend most of our time!
MUEN: Where are you guys going from here? What are your future goals for the band?
BIO: We want to take this as far as we can go with it. We want to make this our career and tour the world
MUEN: What is your schedule like these days? Are you playing locally right now? Is there a tour coming about?
BIO: We just got back from a short Island tour and we're planning on touring out as far as Edmonton and Calgary for spring break! We have a bunch of local shows coming up as well! We have been super busy with recording playing shows going to school and also working at the same time!
MUEN: Is there anything that we should know about you? Know about the band? Anything you would like to share on your own terms with us today?
BIO: We are just finishing up our debut independent 8 song EP so keep your eyes and ears open for it! You can find our music right now on iTunes! If you like to rock out at big rock shows then come and check us out we don't disappoint!
MUEN: Thanks guys, I seriously wish you all the best, keep rockin & stay true!
BIO: Hey no thank you :) its been a blast!