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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 15:26

Alt-rockers Emmett Hall leading the way in Swift

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By John R. Statton  —  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sharing the namesake of a father of Medicare, one band will raise the health of Swift Current’s alternative rock and roll scene. 

Their energetic post-rock sound is reminiscent of At the Drive-in, the Cold War Kids, Interpol, and Regina’s own Geronimo, all rolled into one. Coupled with intelligent lyrics, and a sound from a departed era, this band has a lot to offer.

Emmett Hall is a name readers should get to know.

“We were trying to figure out a good name for the band, and we we’re talking about Emmett Hall in a political science class that I was taking — he was a Supreme Court judge who basically brought Medicare from Saskatchewan to the rest of the country,” explained Eric Warren, the band’s frontman.

Comprised of Warren on vocals and rhythm guitar, Ian Klaassen on lead guitar, Michelle Lee handling saxophone and percussion, Rhett Kippenstein on drums, and Dustin Olmsted taking bass to new levels.

Emmett Hall grew up together in their hometown of Swift Current, and began as a jam band.

The group moved to Saskatoon with the exception of Olmsted, who elected to live in Montreal.

Surprisingly there’s no album yet, but they have recorded three songs in Saskatoon through one of Warren’s classmates.

“His brother moved an old church into the city with a lot of the original wood and stained glass  and they turned it into a recording studio, so he got us a good deal on it and we recorded a couple tunes,” said Warren.

The group has no definitive plans for a full-length treatment, but will record more of their original music.

Emmett Hall has been jamming together for the past five years, but have only considered themselves a professional act in the last eight months.

Warren’s experience in the southwest was positive musically. From the third grade on, as he began to play the trumpet while living in Neville.

“It was great to be able to do that at such a young age and keep it going,” said Warren.

Swift Current has been a nurturing cultural hub for many musicians, and it’s no wonder the members of Emmett Hall feel the same.

“It’s actually pretty incredible, the amount of musicians per capita, people just really want to hear good music, they appreciate and crave it, and I really think that fosters a good scene,” said Olmsted.

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