From the smoke-filled rooms of university res to beer-stained stages across western Canada, Chron Goblin spread the stoke wherever they go. Filling bars and venues alike since their 2009 inception, the party-hardened four-piece have amassed a loyal fan base with their addictive on-stage energy as well as two intoxicating rock concoctions: a self-titled EP in 2010 followed by 2011’s acclaimed full-length One Million From The Top.
Since then, guitarist Devin “Darty” Purdy, drummer Brett Whittingham, bassist Richard Hepp, and vocalist Josh Sandulak have split the stage with some of the biggest names in Canadian heavy music, including 3 Inches of Blood, Bison B.C., and The Devin Townsend Project.
Chron Goblin’s rising notoriety demonstrates that while rooted in playing basement ragers, a healthy dose of musical maturity has allowed them to outgrow party-band status. As the Calgary Herald’s Mike Bell wrote for the Steamwhistle Unsigned Showcase in October 2012, “After four years together and four years of hard work and building relationships they’ve officially established themselves as an in-demand entity in Calgary’s indie scene.”
This demand stems in no small part from Chron Goblin’s artful, yet accessible blend of influences ranging from riff-rock to rockabilly, Sabbath to Stray Cats. With no style-boundaries to bind them, the act avoid self-imposed stagnancy and embrace evolution.
Always looking forward, the group will release their debut music video for “Bring Your Idols” in early 2013, and a sophomore album is set for recording before summer. In the meantime, check out their notoriously rowdy live performances and get wild with Calgary’s beer-smoking brethren. Although Chron Goblin are comfortable being One Million From The Top of the rock ‘n’ roll scene, that number’s getting smaller every day.
Bio by Ian Lemke