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“It was in a South Park episode where one of the character’s dad’s is watching him play little league hockey,” says Ruel Gauld. “All the kids are falling down and he has the puck to an empty net.”

“His dad stands up, freaks out, and is like ‘TAKE THE SHOT’, and that’s how we got our band name,” he laughs. “He ends up missing the net too, so it’s funny.”

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Take The Shot is an under 20, pop punk band from Calgary, Alberta.

 “When you hear Take The Shot, the music hits you like a shot of Jager, with the soothing vocal melodies of a Red Bull,” states the band’s Facebook biography. “From catchy lyrics, to heavy influenced punk riffs, you’ll be placing this band between your favourite all-time punk bands.”

“The vision has always been the same,” says the band’s bio. “To make a ripple in the Calgary music scene for both pop and punk music, as well as raise the bar for all female fronted bands in Canada.”

Gauld, 18, and Malcolm Strasdin, 17, officially started the band back when Gauld was in Grade 9.

“The beginning of the band was me and Ruel with an acoustic in my basement.” explains Strasdin.

The current line-up consists of vocalist Ashtyn Beaudette, bassist Ruel Gauld, guitarist Malcolm Strasdin, guitarist Alex Koebel, and drummer Jeff Oman.

Influenced by powerhouse band Paramore, the two initial members were keen on trying out a female singer, says Gauld.

According to the band, Take The Shot officially formed back in January of 2008 and has experienced multiple member changes, including experimentation with both male and female singers.

 “Yeah, me and Ruel used to talk about unique qualities that get bands discovered, and we wanted to try it,” says Strasdin. “The girl singer thing wasn’t that big yet in pop punk.”

Beaudette jammed with band after meeting at a party, and has stuck ever since.

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Half of the time the writing process starts with a cool riff, and then the band writes to the music, says Gauld. “The other half of the time, It will be about an ex-girlfriend.”

“Our entire album is about ex’s” laughs Gauld, who writes the song hooks with Koebel.

“Then all of a sudden it becomes a sick pop punk song,” says Koebel, with drums being added into the mix last.

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The band conducted a contest on their MySpace for album artwork suggestions, but ultimately, they picked to go with something close to them.

“Last year, when we weren’t playing shows that often we used to chill at Central Memorial School a lot,” says Gauld. “And we just decided to draw ‘Take The Shot’ on a chalk board with a lot of our lyrics and it looked really cool.”

“We’re gonna go back and make a whole new chalkboard and take a picture of it and make it our album cover.” says Strasdin.

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In the meantime, the band is setting up numerous Calgary and surrounding area show dates until the release of their upcoming album, which leads them into a more extensive tour for the summer months.

The pop punk quintet has been trying to get onto the Canadian lag of the 2010 Warped Tour, which showcases talent on a nationwide music tour throughout the U.S. and Canada. They hope, by overwhelming public support, to get onto the tour when it stops in Edmonton in August.

Most of the band is taking a year off in the summer for the availability to tour outside of the province.

“We’re going to try and go as far as Toronto and then come back and do a bit of B.C.” says Strasdin.

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Take The Shot has been able to share the stage with numerous acts throughout the short amount of time the band has been in the Canadian music scene.

“Dirty Girl Social Club is really inviting and we love to play with them.” says Koebel. Take The Shot played with them at Calgary’s Dickens Pub in January.

 “But the Artist Life is the nicest band ever,” says Gauld. The band played with them late last year for a Calgary’s all ages show at The New Black Centre for Music and Arts.

 “Playing for Stereos was pretty cool also, and The Envy, Midway State, Fall City Fall and A Trophy Life” says Gauld.

Steroes gained a record contract through Much Music’s disBand in last year’s season finale. Take The Shot have been considering going on the next season’s show, but not for the sole reason to ‘win’.

“I wouldn’t really want to win because usually the bands that win, are either ridiculously good, and would have gotten signed anyways.” says Gauld.

“It would definitely get us huge exposure though.” says Koebel. The band agrees that would be the main reason for going on a show like disBand.

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“Take The Shot combines everything you like about pop music, and mixes it into the punk music you wish was still rocking out on the stages at Warped Tour.” says the band’s online biography.

“When you hear about most female fronted pop-punk bands, you wonder about how the music will actually affect you. Will you even listen to it?”…

Take The Shot hope to be that change in pop punk music that makes people want to listen.

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See Take The Shot hit the stage on May 28th along with …and explode!, Rockets and Dinosaurs and Velvet Elvis at the New Black!

Click here to visit them on Myspace!

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Go For The Eyes Heat Up The Marquee Room

Just after midnight on February 6th, Go For The Eyes tore up the stage at the Marquee Room to a drinking and dancing crowd. Elise Roller and Jeff Turner brought unified vocals and equally stellar individual instrumental performances. Nate Raboud on drums, Eric Svilpis on bass, and Dylan Santimeau on guitar also brought kick-ass execution throughout the night.

They played crowd favourites such as Whiskey Cocaine, Best Friend’s Ex, Pills and Doctor.

The multi-faceted event, that featured Go For The Eyes models fashioning band merchandise, giveaways and a variety filled silent auction, was geared towards raising money to record a new album, a milestone which the band hopes to accomplish independently with their new line-up.

Daniel Bennett, a rapper better known as Transit, was the show’s opening act, followed by The Dead Hands and Calm Asa Coma. Transit joined The Dead Hands on stage and rocked a duet, proving his popularity with the audience. Both The Dead Hands and Calm Asa Coma performed strong sets.

Roller joined Bennett on stage to sing Reason To Stay, a track that will be featured on the rapper’s newest full-length album due to drop in September of this year. All photos by fourfourbeat.

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The New Black is Back!

The New Black Centre for Music and Arts is an all-ages venue in Inglewood, and it’s one of only a few like it in the city. For younger music fans, it provides a place to gather and to enjoy Calgary’s talented, aspiring musicians.
Situated around the venue are various paintings and artworks, not hung but [...]

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Down With Webster

Dragon Fli Empire and Inward Eye opened for Down With Webster to a less than impressive crowd at the Gateway on Saturday. It was an odd mix of genre’s, from hip hop to alternative rock, with the headliner meeting them in the middle. All three acts brought high energy to the stage, even though most [...]

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Go For The Eyes Spill It!

“Calgary’s a hard place to crack, as far as music goes,” says Elise Roller, newest member of alt. rock band Go For The Eyes. But the band members are trying their hardest to break that barrier, launching into their new plans this year with a fundraising event coming up on Feb. 6 at the Marquee Room.
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Stereos ‘Turn It Up’

On December 11th, Stereos hit the University of Calgary’s Den with openers The Envy, The Artist Life, and The Midway State. The show, although scheduled at a typical 18+ venue, was an all ages performance, which meant a definite hoard of young girls would be expected to crowd the small space.

Stereos were [...]

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