Five Questions with From The Ruins

From The Ruins, a heavy alternative rock band from Barrie, ON, have been raising the bar in their local scene for quite some time.  More recent shows have seen them opening for acts such as Big Wreck and Platinum Blonde, but they also put on one hell of a killer Guns N’ Roses tribute.  You can catch up on their show with Big Wreck, here.  Next week they will be opening for Canadian favourites, Honeymoon Suite at Feast Fest in Midland, a great summer music and food festival put on by Admiral Live.  There is a lot of buzz about this band locally and we can’t wait to see what they get up to next!

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello, I’m Julien Michaud, lead singer of From The Ruins.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
Our process of writing is that typically I bring in a song with 2-3 riffs and some melodies developed.  Then the band works with it to iron out the best possibilities for the song that we can deliver.  So our music comes out with lots of flavours with a backbone of rock, metal and alternative.  As a band we all have very different musical tastes and that is reflected in our music.
For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
Our live performance has lots of energy!  We believe that the music should match the live show and then some!  Whether its a small room or a big stage, we will continue to play our best for our fans.  You will get the chance to see how we layer our sounds with our three guitar players, bass player and drummer!  We focus on harmonies and technical rhythms.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
I cannot speak for the rest of the band, but myself personally, I would say “Slave”.  It shows what we are like – raw and real!  Both live, and on a recording.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

1. Jazz Cartier – His performance on stage and connection with the audience is paving a new path for Canadians.  I would love to work with him some day!

2. Brett Kissel – Classy Canadian with a great live show and a great family to boot!

3. Crown Lands – I love seeing local talent receiving so much great reception in the indie rock scene.  These guys slay on stage and have some of the best ears in the business.

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