Five Questions With Pacer

Toronto, ON-based rock band, Pacer has released a video for their single, “Rapture”.

“Rapture” is a song about psychosis and mental health, but instead of channeling the weight of the topic, the group seeks to tap into their exuberant side to purge the demons. The song sheds the stigma of discussing mental health by channeling that energy in the studio and on stage. Shawn’s lived experiences with mental health disorders has challenged him to find a way to explore new avenues for coping with difficult subjects. If he can’t talk about them, then he’ll sing about them at the top of his lungs.

Check out the video below and find out more about the up-and-coming band in our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi readers! We are Pacer! We’re Shawn, Evan, and Dan from Toronto. We’ve been a band for almost two years. We’re all nervous but we love to rock!

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

The music is sometimes moody, sometimes playful, but it’s always at full-tilt. We’re influenced by old school punk and 80s college rock; The Replacements and The Jesus and Mary Chain to name a few. We try to cram as much as we can into a 3-piece set.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

We have some shows coming up in September.

Sept 13: Kingston @ the Mansion
Sept 14: Ottawa @ Cinqhole
Sept 20: Toronto @ Monarch Tavern
Sept 21: Windsor @ Phog Lounge
Sept 22: Hamilton @ This Ain’t Hollywood

If you haven’t seen us live, you’re in for a treat! We try to go all-out anywhere we play; fog machines, mood lighting, make-up, and tinsel. Shawn wears knee pads live, and if you’ve ever seen us, you’d understand why. One of our most recent shows, he did a somersault off stage (and landed it!) while playing guitar.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Please check out our most recent single, Rapture. Bonus points if you watch the video; we worked really, really hard on it.

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

We love The Effens, Laurie, Bad Waitress, and Lush Buffalo to name a few. All the little freaks in the Toronto music scene!

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