The Utilities are:
-Joel Stretch (vocals, guitars, keys)
-Drake McCheyne (drums, percussion)
-Colby Stolson (bass)
-Blair Stretch (guitars, background vocals)
The Utilities have had a few prolific years since their formation in 2010. They self-recorded This is as Light As It Got in an old country church during the winter of ’10 and ’11. This unsophisticated batch of songs documents the sound of the young band beginning to find its voice. Then joining forces with Lethbridge-based label Esper Records, their second full-length Flint was released in the spring of 2012. Flint earned acclaim and extensive airplay on campus and community radio stations throughout Canada.
Sulky Jr. began even before Flint was completed. The Utilities third full-length album is scheduled to hit the ground (running, of course) on March 28th of 2014. It was recorded and produced by award-winning Salt Shaker Studios. Alberta’s public radio station CKUA dubbed Sulky Jr. as one of the “Most Anticipated Albums of 2014.” New energy, melodic riffs, and tight rhythm carry the album in all kinds of directions. Sulky Jr. owns a sound that sets the band apart while reacquainting you with the places and dreams you’d hate to forget.
Stream tracks from Sulky Jr. and other albums here.