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Experiential rock act takes stage

Show promises to be unique
Kyle Wells

Winter of Freedom, based out of Vancouver but with connections to Powell River, will be in town on Saturday, August 13 to play at McKinney’s Pub.

The usual four-piece band will be stripped down to two members and a computer for a show that lead singer and guitar player Jay Craig said will be unusual for the pub. The bass and percussion will be on computer while Craig and his wife, Kaori Yamanaka, join in on guitar and keyboards respectively, in what Craig describes as “original heavy rock karaoke”.

The band plays original music that they describe as more performance than dance music. There will be a visual element incorporating video set to the time of the music. Two flatscreen televisions will adorn either side of the stage and run video from computer.

The band members describe their music as being on the heavier side, but not extreme, with a darker, gothic element to their sound.

“Winter of Freedom is a band that has honed their instrumental and lyrical skills to present their fans with an experience,” reads the band’s online description. “The band continues to deliver their unique brand of heavy melodic rock and to extend the outer reaches of the stage with the unification of video and music.”

Craig has a connection to Powell River through two uncles who live in the area. He is looking forward to leaving the city, coming to Powell River and bringing something different to town.

“I promise it will be something that most residents will not be used to seeing at the pub,” wrote Craig in an email. “I ask anybody who likes heavier rock music, or those with an open mind, to come down to see us perform this unique live show.”

The band’s debut album, Clairvoyance, will be available for purchase at the show. The band will play two sets starting at 9 pm. Cover charge is $5.