Published Jun 20, 2007"Its both a curse and a blessing, says Rob Pasalic, guitarist for the Saint Alvia Cartel. If your bands "former members of list was anything like Saint Alvias, you would probably agree; the line-up reads like a whos who of Ontario punk rock, featuring current and ex-members of Jersey, Grade and the Video Dead, while Pasalic himself has done a tour of duty with Boys Night Out. "Of course people are going to draw comparisons. Its what we did. Its in life and thats just the way it goes. Naturally people are going to identify with it somehow.
Despite past comparisons, Saint Alvia Cartel have created something entirely different whole out of these familiar parts. Unafraid to challenge listeners by reaching into the past, this six-piece combine elements of reggae, country and rocknroll, all filtered through road-tested punk rock sensibilities.
"Since the get-go our philosophy has been that we wont be pigeonholed as any one kind of band, says Pasalic. "Weve all been through that before with being in a screamo band or a punk band. If we feel it, well play it. Literally just do whatever we feel.
The end result is the bands recently released self-titled debut, a collection of sincere songs that manage to channel a half-century of musical influences into one cohesive collection. "In this band theres no gimmick, says Pasalic. "Its just Lets write honest tunes and be a fucking honest rock and roll band. Its an opportunity they want to exploit to its fullest potential. "If you want something cool its just going to take a little extra work, says Pasalic. "Its way more rewarding to say Wow, were really open and were really trying whatever we want to do for the first time seriously.