This Friday night in Revelstoke: Aviator Shades

Aviator Shades: Big choruses that stick in your head for days. Massive guitar riffs intertwined with fiery, melodic leads.

Aviator Shades. Photo: Square Egg Visions

Big choruses that stick in your head for days. Massive guitar riffs intertwined with fiery, melodic leads. A rock solid rhythm section that commands it’s audience to shake their hips (and bang their heads).

Aviator Shades is the brainchild of singer/bassist Dave Gorman, whose calling to live, eat and breathe Rock n’ Roll saw him leave his native Ireland for the shores of western Canada. Performing regularly throughout Vancouver’s rock scene with a revolving cast of talented (albeit temporary) musicians, Dave became hellbent on assembling the ultimate army of rock soldiers.

Enter guitarists George Baker and Shaun Michael Thackeray. Having only met when Gorman brought them together, they became instant friends found an undeniable (perhaps eerie) chemistry together; swapping leads and harmonizing in the spirit of their rock guitar heroes. The addition of Kamloops based rocker Spencer Tomlinson, whose hard hitting drumming melded beautifully with Gorman’s thundering bass lines, completed the essential Aviator Shades line up.

Aviator Shades spent much of 2013 crafting new material with Default drummer-turned-producer Danny Craig (One Bad Son, Fighting For Ithica). With their songwriting and performance skills pushed to new heights, the band crafted a six song EP which greatly surpassed their own heightened expectations.

Ready To Blow was released in early 2014 to acclaim and excitement, allowing Aviator Shades to expand their audience throughout Western Canada. Summer touring and festival highlights included performing alongside April Wine, Monster Truck, and seminal punk legends Dayglo Abortions.

Continuous gigging and a dedicated rehearsal regiment have moulded Aviator Shades into a powerhouse of pure rock energy. Their timeless, empowering sound and uplifting performances signal that 2014 is just the start of something big… This band truly is Ready To Blow.

~band website

Aviator Shades plays the Last Drop Pub on Friday, May 27 at 10 p.m.