One winter we were going on tour and had a show fall through in Kansas City. A band hit us up eagerly from Marshall Missouri and said they had us covered. They threw us a show last minute and got all their friends to come out. They paid us well, showed us a good time and even got us a pizza deal the next morning. But this was no irregular behavior for this band. Their house soon became a stop on many cross country jaunts for many bands. Besides that they continued to promote the Midwest community and help preserve the true punk value in it. They set a true example of how things should be done; utmost respect for those who deserve it and help for anyone who needs it. That band is none other than Canyons.
I always tell everyone I meet about the “hidden gem of the Midwest,” and I mean no one other than the modest hardcore band from Marshall. Ask anyone that’s played with them or toured with them. Ask Xerxes, Former Thieves, Touche Amore, Bone Dance and the Reptilian. The boys in Canyons are wild but they understand what it means to be in a punk band. They work hard, tour hard and do whatever they can to promote the cause.
Last year they put out a three-way split with Tigon and Foreign Theaters. For people who follow the band, it was their best material yet. Vocalist Bobby Johnson screams with all of the angst of the Midwest, telling the tales of everyday life in Missouri. The band has a lot of technicality but still manages to make everything heavier than hell. Guitarist Punch Mabrey carries the song riff after riff, building up and breaking down. The leads are seriously unbelievable, bringing a “Botch” vibe to an almost traditional “Louisville-hardcore” song. The ending breakdown is the perfect way to go out, especially once Mabrey begins strumming dead notes and muted harmonics. It’s loud, raw and honest. Here is “I’m Worthy All the Time.”
“Can’t Have Nothin’ Nice” is available via Canyons online merch store.
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