Brief Bio: HCE is a trio based in Winnipeg, Canada, featuring Matt Laberge (vocals/guitar) Matthew Powers (drums/vocals) and Roger Arsenault (bass/vocals). With an extremely wide range of musical influences, HCE arrived somewhere between Melvins and Pixies; heavy, noisy and experimental, yet catchy and memorable. The group was founded in 1998 by Laberge and Powers. After 5 years of local shows, a couple Canadian tours, a full length album, a music video, they finally decided there were too many cooks in the kitchen and that the band was best suited as a three piece. The pair started from scratch and began writing the songs for Echoland, HCE’s first release in the new direction. They finally met Arsenault in 2003 and the final piece of the puzzle was in place. The critically acclaimed Echoland was released in 2007 in Canada on Reversed Records which was very well received by college radio and even charted in the top ten albums of the year on Canadian college radio stations. The record has also caught the attention the film industry with the song Blue Chairs to be featured in an up and coming film by English writer/director Christian Piers Betley (Pale Faces and Stranger Looks, Harry) – thefilm is titled “Rampage”. HCE will return to the studio in 2009 with producer and Juno award winning engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, Gwar, Devin Townsend Band, Darkest Hour, Zimmers Hole, Gene Hoglan, Meldrum, Stoic Frame and a vat load more).  [ END ]

ONE (1) really like pEEp will take home a SICK prize pack with: a signed copy of Echoland, a t-shirt and a bar of HCE soap. Hazzah!

March 18, 2009.


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