Growing up in the Canadian Prairies in the ’90s, Jonny Hetherington was inspired and elated by the energy and realism of alternative rock bands that mixed equal doses of aggression and melody. However, he didn’t really relate to the dark, negative energy and sometimes pessimistic lyrics of many of his favorite groups. So when he and guitarist Greg Bradley formed their own band, Art of Dying, in 2004, they made a conscious effort to be as sonically dynamic as their influences, but approach their songs with a greater sense of optimism. The band’s major-label debut, Vices and Virtues, expresses their energy and vitality with a blend of urgent, blaring guitar rhythms, atmospheric and transcendent counter melodies, and vocal harmonies that complement the heaviness of the music. After going through a variety of players, Art of Dying cemented their lineup with guitarist Tavis Stanley, bassist Cale Gontier (cousin of Three Days Grace’s Adam Gontier) and drummer Jeff Brown. On first single “Die Trying” Hetherington sings: “If it takes forever, I will die trying,” reaffirming his commitment to attain happiness through his music at all costs. At the rate the band are going, Art of Dying won’t take forever to reach their goals, and they’re determined to enjoy every minute it takes to get there. Right now, the band is excited to take part in the Avalanche tour with Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, and Halestorm. The tour launches March 24 in Chicago and runs through May 1 in Uncasville, CT. After that, Art of Dying plan to play other major support tours and summer festivals, as well as headline clubs. For more information, visit www.artofdyingmusic.com
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