FRESH: ‘Glow’ – FKB


“Glow” is the Canadian rock band FKB’s first new release in nearly a year. It was written by lead vocalist Drew Shalka along with producers Clayton Bellamy and Dan Davidson. The song was inspired by the band’s desire to blend the energy of their throwback live shows with a more polished modern sound. The explosively high-energy alternative rock band FKB has been on a rollercoaster since their formation and shows no signs of slowing down. Fronted by JUNO Award nominated songwriter Drew Shalka, the Edmonton-based group has performed over 200 shows across Canada and the US since 2017, sharing the stage with notable acts including “Mother Mother”, “Bif Naked” and “Pop Evil”.

Their 2017 single, “Bright Lights”, was nominated for Adult Alternative Recording of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards, and 2018’s “Casual Love” attracted international attention with press coverage around the globe. Known for their wild and nostalgic stage shows, FKB has continued to evolve from the garage rock styles of 2014’s “123 FKB” (EP) to the powerful 2018 rock anthem “My Bedroom” and the 2019 wistful Indie ballad “Backseat Daydream”. They kick off 2020 with an appearance as themselves in the feature film Moments in Spacetime and the release of their new infectious falsetto-driven single “Glow”.

Formed in 2009 in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada, FKB began attracting attention while they were still in high school, with eclectic shows that paid tribute to their musical heroes such as The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and The Beach Boys. The band began performing anywhere they could and they would spend every night learning their favorite songs and perfecting their vocal harmonies. Their hard work quickly began paying off, and they became a staple in the area performing multiple shows a week. They met JUNO award, 5X CCMA, and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year winner Clayton Bellamy (The Road Hammers) at one of those shows and he immediately took notice of their live presence, songwriting style, and vocal harmonies.

Bellamy made the offer to produce their first album on the spot and within days they began writing and working on their debut EP, “123 FKB”. Bellamy brought in the expertise of Nashville-based producer Scott Baggett (John Waite, Alison Kraus, The Road Hammers) to mix and engineer the EP and to refine the band’s sound. The resulting EP, 2014’s 123 FKB, successfully charted on campus radio across Canada and led to the single “Crystal Ball” garnering commercial radio airplay across Canada. In 2015, fans voted FKB into CBC Music’s top 100 campus bands.

Following the touring and promotion of “123 FKB”, FKB reunited with Bellamy in 2016 to work on four standalone singles. They released “Bright Lights” in 2017 and launched a North American tour which included performances across Canada and the United States. In 2018 they continued touring Western Canada throughout the year and released “My Bedroom” and “Casual Love”, the latter of which was released in partnership with KnightVision Records, a division of Warner Music in Amsterdam.

The band released “Backseat Daydream” early in 2019 and began work on new songs produced by Dan Davidson (Tupelo Honey) and Clayton Bellamy. During this time they won the Edmonton edition of the Jim Beam National Talent Search which culminated in their appearance at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Upon their return they took time from their busy performance schedule to finish recording their new songs and film the scenes for their appearance in the upcoming movie, Moments in Spacetime.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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