Band of the Day


We Are The City

Three young Canadians with boundless energy explore wild and exciting soundscapes
A twisting reef, I'm in sifting sands level with the surface reign grasses never greener, never without tact.
lyrics from Bottom of the Lake

We Are The City are three young Canadians with boundless energy. This is channelled into their music, touring and various creative projects. They work as directors, script writers and film producers, creating their own music videos and even their own film 'Violent'. For some, this would be too much, but these three simply can't stop.

Meeting in high school, Cayne McKenzie, Andrew Huculiak and David Menzel quickly formed a band, recorded an album, toured and made a name for themselves. Over time, they honed their sound, carving their own space within the contemporary indie genre. When guitarist David eventually left the band, their journey was not abandoned - merely changed. The band recorded and toured an EP, and quickly found themselves accruing an even larger fan base. Finally, upon David's return, We Are The City finished their album, Violent. This was a year long process in a place they lovingly called 'The Magic House'. It was the perfect creative environment, but they would be the last residents of the fabled house, as it was torn down shortly after. The finishing touches were added by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, The Zolas, Hey Ocean) who produced and recorded the album with the band in Vancouver's Monarch Studios.

Around the same time, We Are The City shot a film in Bergen, Norway with a Norwegian script, despite none of them being able to speak a word of Norwegian. It depicts a young woman and her last memories of the five people who loved her most, recalled while experiencing a catastrophic event. In keeping with the film, the album portrays extremes - death, love, loneliness and reminiscence. Now that the film 'Violent' is travelling the world and winning awards (u.a. Vancouver International Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival) it is finally time for the album 'Violent' to leave Canada's borders.

On 'Violent', We Are The City explore wild and exciting soundscapes. Their innovative sound scales sonic peaks, and descends into canyons before rising back up. The further you venture into their world, the more the view of their city unfolds revealing a beacon in the far distance. A signal, if you will, from far way. This is We Are The City.