July 19, 2009
When you’re twenty, most people ae just starting in the real world, partying, attending school or even working. The members of Benefit of a Doubt are twenty and they’ve already done two major tours across Canada, entered a high stakes “battle of the bands” competition twice and earned a spot at NXNE. Kinda makes you wish you picked up the guitar when you were younger.
Benefit of a Doubt hails from the Ottawa area, where they were forged by karma. “Corey [Desormeaux, guitarist] was in a hardcore band, Connor [Muldoon, bassist] was in a punk band and Chase [Van Dusen, vocalist/guitarist] and I were in a band called Benefit of a Doubt, some how the stars aligned and here we are,” said Gilmour.
Listening to their MySpace, I was surprised to find out the diverse background of the members, even Gilmour admits to being a hip hop fan. To think that a punk rocker, thrash metal-head, hip hopper and an alterna-head could create music that’s rockin’ enough to make my commute to work enjoyable, yet have enough pop power to please my inner 14-year-old is crazy. Yet, their live show proved that their music and personal styles can blend seamlessly to put on a great show.
Despite their varying music backgrounds, they all have something in common: drive. Always touring and playing gigs, these guys are trying any way they can to get their sound out. “This has definitely become a full-time job for us, definitely to represent us in a business manner. We’re not serious, to-the-book kind of guys, we’re doing what we love and are having fun. But at the same time, we are trying to market ourselves,” said Desormeaux.
“There comes a point where you have to get into the business or you’re just purely having fun,” chimes in Gilmour.
A job fair for learning rock and roll? Sign me up. While these guys seem to have a good head on their shoulders, they did have some laughs about sleeping in parking lots of Walmarts, driving through some crazy forest in Thunder Bay and something that Desormeaux called a “legend project.”
For these twenty year olds, it might be all business, but it’s still rock’n’roll.
To check out Benefit Of A Doubt, visit www.myspace.com/benefitofadoubtrock.