By Mila Lansdowne
On Saturday April 4th the local music band ?Heavy Things? will celebrate the completion of their first album called Put to the Test at the Loud Night Out evening at the Community Centre in Rooms 4&5. Three years of a musical journey are compiled into 12 songs, recorded in the past few months in Tumbler Ridge. Marko Milankov, Ray Proulx, Blaine Broderick and Trent Ernst displayed enough enthusiasm to inspire Russell Eggleston from Fort St. John to help with the set up of a recording studio in Marko Milankov?s basement. The arrangement was born out of necessity to avoid frequent driving to other locations as two of the musicians are fathers with small children. This was a change to the first approach to recording which was done with Solar Peace Productions in Dawson Creek.
Everything began in 2006 when two guitar-players, Marko Milankov and Ray Proulx, composed the song called Assassinating Oxford. Submitted to the Rocking the Peace 2006 competition, the song qualified in the top ten. With this event everything started ?rolling?. Heavy Things was chosen as the band name for the competition. Today the group has four members; Marko Milankov – Lead Vocals, Guitar; Ray Proulx – Lead Vocals, Guitar; Blaine Broderick – Acoustic guitar, bass guitar and Trent Ernst ? drums. The three guitar players, Marko, Ray and Blaine knew each other from the beginning but to form a band, they needed a bass guitar player and a drummer. In early 2007 Trend Ernst joined the group as a drummer and Blaine decided to take the bass guitar part. The young men, now in their 30s, played their first major gig in the Kispiox Valley Music Festival. The group is excited to present the new album to the public. The audience will have the opportunity to observe the possible subtle changes in the songs from different stages influenced by the personalities of the band members. All the songs are originals; the music and the lyrics are written by Marko and Ray, but often influenced by Trent and Blaine. The musicians practice mostly twice a week and are very proud of the quality work they produced with the ?Put to the Test? debut album. The 12 songs featured include their newest compositions; Tiger and Don?t Feed the Weasel. The latter also qualified again into the Rocking the Peace competition of 2009. Heavy Things will present this song in the Battle of The Bands that takes place in the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John on April 25th. For more information, visit www.rockinthepeace.com. The musicians hope that the audience will share the pride of a remote community that produces creative artists with a professional quality work. The guests of the evening will be A Name Unheard, a group from Dawson Creek. More about Heavy Things at: www.heavythings.ca