On Holiday Rockin’ The Roxy
One of the few bands that I personally love and make me jump around like a crazy teenage girl (not that all teenage girls jump around in a crazy manner) is none other than “On Holiday.” This Vancouver based band is extremely energetic and puts on a passionate show, reminiscent of a big named Canadian band called “Billy Talent.” In 2005, they recorded their 6 song EP at 604 Studios with recording engineer Jay Vanpoederooyen, who has also worked with recording artists “Hedly.”
In such a short period of time “On Holiday” has accomplished many musical feats that usually take years for other bands. With the help of a little contest run by a Vancouver based radio station called CFOX SEEDS competition, “On Holiday” will surely get all the exposure they seek. In 2005, they became a top 20 finalist and obtained enormous experience and fan support, but the big break came a year later when they entered the SEEDS again. In 2006, “On Holiday” finally won the coveted prize of being the top 5. One of the prizes they received was a slot in the Canada Day “Foxfest” concert with headliners “Billy Talent.”
The show I went to was their Roxy showcase that saw them perform and catch the eye of everyone in the audience. A few hours ago, the Edmonton Oilers lost game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. With everyone needing a boost in morale, “On Holiday” provided just that. They came on stage a few hours after the heartbreak and released all their pent up aggression on stage. The night started off with a bang with melodic songs and catchy riffs. A song that really caught my attention was their cover of Corey Heart’s “Sunglasses at Night.” With a more punk rock and fast paced cover, “On Holiday” could have called it their own. They ended the night with a crowd pleaser in the song “Obsession.” where they got the audience to sing a long to the chorus.
For more information regarding “On Holiday,” such as tours and merchandise, feel free to visit their official website (ONHOLIDAY) as well as their myspace website (IMONHOLIDAY). Trust me. This is a band you don’t want to miss.