Sound-wise, Placentia/Fullerton-based band Canyons are hard-Americana, but concept-wise, they're hardcore–Ian MacKaye-hardcore, that is –taking the music-first, straight-edge stance, giving-the-X to drugs and alcohol, and working the DIY. The band even belongs to an OC-oriented musician-outreach collective called the Revolutionary Poor. Co-founded by Canyons singer Jeremy Leasure, the organization advocates such hardcore (hXe) basics, along with nature-heavy jam sessions at the Santa Ana River, nearby parks and freeway underpasses.
Together since September 2009, Canyons, which perform Tuesday (March 2) at the Crosby in Santa Ana, are quickly honing their no-frills approach–writing and recording songs whenever, booking shows wherever (all-ages preferred, of course), resolving creative differences however, and nixing partying whatsoever. We sat down with Leasure (vocals, guitar), Jared Van Ramshorst (vocals, guitar), Madison Woodward (bass), and Nicholas Nadel (drums) to discuss how they're keeping it real (and simple).
OC Weekly (Jessica and Kady Bell): Can you explain your band name — are you just really fond of rocky formations?
Jared Van Ramshorst: Well, we really couldn't think of a band name at first, so we kind of just tossed around a bunch of different names.
Jeremy Leasure: Yeah, it's kind of like, out of a hat. I mean we wanted something really simple, generally one word.
Leasure: We're big fans of nature, but we don't have any preference over canyons or rain forests or oceans.
So you guys could have just as easily been called Forests?
Leasure: We could have been.
Your fan base seems pretty well-developed for the short amount of time you've been together.