London/Burlington/Niagara band Holy Smokes is primed to release their Debut 5 Track EP on Aug 4th 2017. Who is Holy Smokes You ask? The Band consists of Jake Dunning, Alex Hamnett and Sam Old.
Holy Smokes big debut was at the Burly Calling 10th Anniversary Festival in December of 2016, opening for Burlington’s heavy hitters Say Yes. They were for some festival goers the “best surprise of the weekend”.
Still a little hung from New Years they headed up to Halo Recordings in Hamilton to record some drum tracks with Roman Marcone and the crew on January 2nd.
Sam, Jake and Alex of Holy Smokes @Halo Recording in Hamilton.
Drum tracks complete, the band decided to continue the project at Halo.
In the meantime both London and Burlington music scenes began to take notice. They have played gigs in both cities along side the likes of Big Lonely, The Kerouacs and Stuck on Planet Earth while making moves into the Toronto scene playing with Manshun and the Ticks.
They recently played their first US date when James Hall of The Penske File invited them to play Vehicle City Fest II in Flint Michigan. The Festival is bringing attention to Flint’s water crisis. Jake said that it was an incredible experience and that most bands donated any monies made to play to the cause.
A bit about the boys.
|Q&A with Holy Smokes||Alex||Sam||Jake|
|1. Where were you born?||Born and raised in Burlington ontario,||Oakville, Ontario||Vancouver|
|2.where did you grow up?||Burlington||Oakville||Vancouver/London/Burlington|
|3. Where did you go to high school?||Burlington central high school,||St. Thomas Aquinas – Oakville||Notre Dame Burlington|
|4. Where did you go to post secondary school?||Fanshawe college for music industry arts,||Niagara College||Niagara College for Horticulture|
|5. Most of my friends currently live in…||Most of my friends currently live in London Ontario,||Most of my friends currently live in London and Oakville||Burlington, London, kitchener, Niagara.|
|6. How did you meet?||Jake and I met at the dickens open mic, jake introduced me to Sam,||I met Jake in college having a cigarette and I met Alex when I picked him up for our first show.||Met Alex at Chuck Coles open mic at the Dickens in Burlington. I met Sam in college.|
|7. What did you want to be when you grew up answer from when you were five.||I wanted to be a pro basketball player when I was five lol,||I wanted to be a professional hockey player.||Spiderman|
|8. What is your favourite food?||Chinese or Mexican food||The spiciest chicken wings you can find.||TACOS|
|9. What is your favourite album of all time?||favourite albums are revolver, nonagon infinity, and the satanic satanist||Bayside – Self titled||Record in a bag- Hollerado|
|10. What is number one on your current playlist||number one on playlist is probably sleep drifter by king gizzard,||New Found Glory – Ready and Willing||Higher power-Dirty Nil|
|11. What is the fifth picture on your phone of? No cheating.||A shore juniper||Sam drinking beer|
|12. Favourite movie?||favourite movie maybe death proof.||Limitless||Napolean Dynamite|
|13. Dream band to open for?||dream band to open for the murlocs,||Weezer||Hollerado|
|14. What kind of music did your parents listen to?||my parents were heavily influenced by the Beatles and Rolling Stones, a lot of mowtown too,||Motown and classic rock||The Clash and Van Morrison|
|15. How do you take your coffee?||I take my coffee with one milk and one sugar||DD||Large Double Double is there any other way?|
Jake is former front man of Pop Punk band Don’t Tell My Mother FNA Keep The Change. He has been a member of the Southwestern Ontario Music Scene for 6 years and still has a couple of days before he leaves his teenage years behind him. He released a solo acoustic album last year called Naked which can be found on itunes and Spotify.
Alex is a former member of Harm and Ease in Buenos Aires Argentina. A transplanted band from Burlington ON. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwvrchPKlKU
Sam fronted a metal band called For Higher Ground out of Oakville Ont. https://www.facebook.com/forhigherground/
Holy Smokes is Playing July 26th at the Dickens in Burlington https://www.facebook.com/events/199187167276137/ and on Aug 4th at Club Absinthe in Hamilton. https://www.facebook.com/events/288704278202661/
If you would like to nominate Holy Smokes or any other band for the Burlington Music Awards click here