I remember, somewhere in the middle of my Gr.9 year, I started hanging out with this guy named Tristan Hryciuk. We were the 2 guys wearing tight-ass pants, studded belts, random band t-shirts, rocking numerous colors in our hair and eye liner in the Industrial Arts classroom at our High School back home in Saskatoon. (Yup, talk about swag.) We soon started talking about music, and within days we were hanging out and pretty much inseperable. We soon joined a local metal band in the city, called STC. We played with that band for about a year and a half when Tristan and I started wanting something more…
We got on the phone with the members of STC, and told them that we would be leaving the band to start something on our own. We got right to work.
We got to thinking that we would try Tristan’s older brother Justin out as a drummer. Let me tell you, i’ve never seen a drummer go from one extreme to another so quickly. From simple 1,2 beats from Green Day songs, to some of the fastest, heaviest metal drumming I have personally seen or heard from such a new drummer. We knew we had something. We had myself on guitar, Tristan on vocals, and were now pretty confident that Justin was going to kill it on drums. We had a couple of our friends play bass with us over time, we switched a couple times until our good friend Luke Thompson seemed to fit the spot.
Before we knew it, we grew out of the eyeliner (what were we thinking!?) and were playing local shows and slowly filling up the venues more, and more each show. PTTS grew a pretty good fan base in Saskatoon in the short amount of time we had been together. Friends of ours would spread the word, and before you knew it, you would see kids walking around the mall with PTTS t-shirts. Around a year later was when it really got fun. Our fan base was solid, great crowds at every show, singing our lyrics word for word and completely going crazy in the mosh pits. Ill tell you one thing, what an amazing feeling performing infront of such a loyal and energetic crowd.
We eventually got a bank account set up and purchased a pretty decent van for the road. That’s when the out of town shows started rolling in. Not only were we playing outside of our city, but we were now opening shows for bands that we had been fans of previous to PTTS. We recorded in a couple studios, and put out a couple demos that helped us get our name out. Unfortunately myself and the rest of PTTS knew that I wasn’t going to be around much longer because of my move to California.. That’s when Mr. Sterling Thomas came walking in the picture.
This guy learnt every song we had in no time, and I mean FAST. Adding a second guitar player to our band until I left gave us a even more brutal sound.
Ill never forget one of my last shows with the guys was with my personal favorite band at the time, Suicide Silence. Walking on stage infront of a big crowd, plus Suicide Silence somewhere out there was just amazing. By far, my favorite and definitely the craziest show I played. I remember complete chaos, endless circle pits and blood from broken noses everytime I looked in the crowd.
How’s PTTS doing now you ask? AMAZING. They recently recorded with Karl Schubach (lead singer of misery Signals) and let me tell you, I still can’t believe this is the same band Tristan and I started a few years ago. They have come so far and sound completely Incredible. With the newest members, John Kraemer as the guitarist and Aaron Gerwing on bass, they are a local 5 piece from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan that are definitely bringing a new sound to metal. Check out their new music video below and be sure to keep and eye out for these guys.. They WILL do what we dreamed of from the beginning.
“Walking Dead” by Palms To The Sky..
“Palms To The Sky, 2011 Motherf***er…” (Insider, much love guys.)
Follow Your Dreams.