Shocore likes pyro
By Brian Wong
|YEAH, WE LIKE SATAN - DON'T YOU? Vancouver
rockers Shocore show off their pentagrams.
Shocore wants to show
you what hard rock is all about.
The Vancouver-based six-piece is currently on tour in support of their
debut album, Devil Rock Disco, and are working on the finishing
touches on their second LP tentatively titled Evilution. In the
past year, you've maybe heard their song "Bonecracker," a fiendish
mix of big riffs, synths and rap that lit up Canadian rock radio
but don't chuck Shocore in the rap-rock bin just yet.
"I'm not a rapper and I've never professed to be one, but sometimes
your lyrics and vocal pattern come out a certain way," explains lead
vocalist Cory White.
While "Bonecracker" does cross the rap-rock border, it also
manages to mesh a dance beat into the fold, proving the band hasn't adopted
the "disco sucks" attitude displayed by rock fans of yore.
"There was some good disco mostly the beats were good,"
says White. "Dance music in general... is all kind of based on the
same principles as hard rock it has a heavy feel."
You've likely heard Shocore's "Bonecracker" at some point, as
the song has been used by Microsoft to promote the XBOX game system and
also by Ford. Although the use of music to serve corporate interests has
drawn much debate, White isn't really worried about losing any artistic
"All I worry about is feeding my kid that's kind of the bottom
line," he says. "I think that the whole idea of selling out
is fuckin' bullshit."
But White also states that, even though his music might get sold to a
software company, he definitely won't sell himself to satisfy the whims
of any corporate entity.
"I'm gonna play the music that I wanna play and if [companies] want
to get on board with it, then good for them. It doesn't mean I'm gonna
change what I play for them if they like it, and they want to give
me money, then right on."
Corporate sponsors aside, White promises that fans can always expect something
different at each Shocore show.
"Sometimes there's pyro, sometimes there's just the band, sometimes
we get dancers, sometimes we get naked strippers," he says.
Ah, the naked strippers. Although some might think this is a sleazy tactic
of selling music and may criticize the band for exploiting women, White
isn't bothered by this.
"They're not the people that are going to buy my music so fuck 'em,"
he says. "If somebody wants to do something, then you're not exploiting
them. They're adults they can make their own decisions."
Shocore, Scratching Post and Clarknova play a free show at Call the
Office on Thursday, Oct. 10 as part of the XL Music Series.