The first question you want to ask when you hear the band name is, what is the Art Of Dying. In the band’s words: It’s how you live your life, how you embrace it, and what you do with your time while you’re here. It’s your life to live, and that’s exactly what Art of Dying is doing.
The second question is, who are these guys? The quintet is based out of Vancouver, B.C. in Canada. Upfront and singing his soul base is Jonny Hetherington. Guitar duties are handled by Greg Bradley, and Tavis Stanley (ex-Thornley), bassist Cale Gontier (brother of 3 Days Grace singer Adam Gontier), and drummer Jeff Brown.
The band released a debut self-titled indie record back in 2007, and had hit with the song, “Get Thru This”. But it wasn’t until the band became friends with Dan Donegan and David Dramain of Disturbed that things took off. The two Disturbed members signed them to their own Reprise/Intoxication records in 2009.
Hetherington talked about this turning point for the band:
“We’ve been fortunate enough over the last two years to get to know Dan Donegan and David Draiman as friends, performers, and musicians. We knew that if and when an opportunity ever presented itself with them we would be willing to take it in a heartbeat. When you make music your life and you decide to throw everything you have into it, it’s a huge commitment to yourself. Sometimes all you need is a break. For us the break was a phone call from Dan and getting our music into his hands. We are thankful to Disturbed in so many ways for letting us tour with them and attend their ‘school of rock’ while out on the road. We are so honored in every way, shape, and form to have their support.”
Donegan was equally flattering of Hetherington and Co:
“I’d never seen a band with the same work ethic and hunger as DISTURBED until I met Art Of Dying. These guys live music 24/7. They are non-stop, 100 percent committed to their music and their fans. They have a way of connecting and interacting with a crowd not only onstage but off as well. They are regular down-to-earth guys who love what they do and it shows.”
Glowing words of support, for sure.
The band’s debut album on the Intoxication/Reprise label is called Vices And Virtues and will be released on March 22nd. The band has already released “Die Trying”, as the debut single from the album. The song kicks off with an intro reminiscent of their Disturbed mentors. Vices And Virtues was produced by Howard Benson (Halestorm, Three Days Grace, Creed, Daughtry, Flyleaf), who is currently working on the new Seether album.
In support of the album’s release, the band will be going out on the Avalanche Tour featuring Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Halestorm, and Skillet. The tour begins two days after the album’s release and runs into early May.
For those who can’t wait that long to get their ears on more of the band’s upcoming album, the guys are offering a free download of the track “Whole World Crazy”. All you have to do is LIKE their Facebook page, just click the link.
2. Get Thru This
4. Whole World’s Crazy
6. I Will Be There
7. You Don’t Know Me
8. Raining (featuring Adam Gontier)
9. Best I Can
10. Straight Across My Mind
11. Breathe Again