Debut on the Deck: A Calgary band’s first live show
Calgary band Golden Lava Club released their first studio recording in the form of a self-titled EP on Aug. 19, and they also played their first live show.
Golden Lava Club comprises guitarist and vocalist Kyle Maloney, guitarist and vocalist Aiden Brouwer, bassist Joseph Gurgis, and drummer Evan Maggipinto.
As the band members are all students—with Maggipinto and Gurgis being students at SAIT—the budget for the show was minimal. In all, the band only spent $16 in addition to the gear they already owned to pull off the performance.
The show was hosted in the backyard of Isaiah Wong, a friend of the band members. Wong lent a hand helping during set up and sound check and barbecued for his guests.
At around 7:30 p.m., guests began to arrive, and the sense of community was immediately evident. Everyone knew everyone, and all were excited to show support for their friends in the band.
Set to the backdrop of the swaying trees of a balmy August evening, the band played a set consisting of a few originals and a few covers. The applause from the guests at the performance—and neighbours in surrounding backyards—was loud and full between songs.
“My impression was that it was really well received, and it went pretty well,” says Evan Maggipinto.
Following the performance, an after party took place, during which Golden Lava Club received compliments and congratulations from those in attendance, and all had a chance to mingle amongst each other.
“I guess it was pretty cool for them … to experience all of their friends around, watching them,” says Caden Treschel, an audience member and friend of the band.
Reece Mysko is a SAIT photojournalism student and an Emery Weal contributor. He is an avid mountain climber and river surfer and enjoys sharing his experiences through photography.