Featured in issue 3 of Marker
Adam Prins (drums), Brent Underschultz (guitar), and Daryl Freson (bass and vocals) of Labradoodle don’t just produce a mixture of rock genres in their music. They’re an experimental band playing with the scales of rock music ranging from relaxed to powerful. With one album released and now preparing for their second, there’s more room for them to give listeners a range of sounds to connect with. This is part of their plan to help give Edmonton a cultural scene where anything goes for all those involved.
How do you describe your music style?
I guess we would have to call our music stoner rock, but we’ve also been referred to as dad rock — father friendly tunes!
Do you remember the first album you listened to that made you think, “I want to be a musician”?
Personally, Eagles of Death Metal’s Peace Love and Death Metal was the album for me. The drumming was a great hybrid of dance and rock that, for a first time drummer, seemed plausible.
Today, what bands/musicians do you like to listen to?
As a group we can all get behind Priestess, Black Mastiff, Indian Handcrafts, Witchcraft, The Sword, Danava, Black Sabbath, Black Mountain, Black Thunder, Bel Riose, Deep Purple, The Doors, Sound Garden and many others.
What does Edmonton have to offer musicians compared to bigger Canadian cities?
Edmonton is great because we have such a desire to build our own culture that show-goers are almost always open to new music and are very supportive of the bands we’ve come to love. Competition is never an issue, at least in the community of musicians we find ourselves in.
Where’s your favourite spot to unwind in this city?
My favourite spot is any backyard fire during the summer. Edmonton has the best summers with the best people. Plus, we’re all too socially inept to go to public places — just kidding!
What’s your next big project?
Our next big project is preparing for Bands as Bands at the Starlight Room this Halloween. And we’re in the slow roasting process of writing our second album.