Published Jul 01, 2005A better snapshot of the bands brilliantly manic live show than 2003s Right Now, Youre In the Best of Hands, this 15-song collection is buoyed by higher production values, more energetic performances, and overall better songwriting. Marc Paffis vocals retained their strained Hot Water Music feel, while truly coming into his own on tracks like the piano-led "Baraga Embankment and "Out Loud Hey Hey. The rest of the band continue to live up to their name, with all the gruff ferocity of an attacking bear lunging into the water to fight the far sleeker and faster shark. Obvious comparisons are hard to come by, as any one moment of Stooges-esque punk breakdowns is quickly followed by a driving, melodic chorus reminiscent of Lifetime. Particularly on show here is the versatility of drummer Ashley Horak, whose ability to shift seamlessly from a laidback rock groove into a lightning-fast, bar-long fill truly holds together songs like "Entrance of the Elected. The standout track here is "Song About Old Rollercoaster, which has a continuous guitar riff that grows and grows until the songs bristling climax. A significant step forward from an already solid body of work, Terrorhawk does justice to a band whose recording may finally silence the incessant refrain of "You have to see them live!
Have there ever been any serious injuries during a live set? Guitarist, Bassist, and Vocalist John Gaviglio: Mike almost broke his hand during a show last week in London [Ontario], causing us to cancel our last show of the tour with Mewithoutyou. Marcs busted teeth and fingers, and I once knocked him out with a medicine ball. The list could go further, but mostly its smaller injuries. We are trying to relax a little now to preserve our touring longevity.
Your lyrics and song titles can be irreverent do you find that your approach to music flies over some peoples heads? I think maybe it does sometimes, just because I dont think we spoon feed the listener as much as some may be used to. I think we leave a lot open to interpretation, and we try some different things, which may not be why some people are into music.
In a street fight between the Bear, the Shark, the Terrorhawk, and yourself, who would win? If I had a nickel... Were asked who would win between a bear and a shark every show we play. I would have to say that since my time spent in the clink, Ive mastered my shiv aka my sharpened spork and I would slaughter all. Except for the Terrorhawk, which is not a real animal, duh. (Equal Vision)