Breach of Trust--Who are they?
By Kevin Roberts
with permission from
Breach of Trust rawk! Anyone who has heard Breach of Trust perform will agree their distinct style is not for the faint of heart. Part heavy metal, part hard rock and part punk, this is a band that certainly does not fit exclusively in any one music genre. Where Breach of Trust diverts from the path is their scope of passion and energy without the angst.
The band is currently doing a mini-tour of sorts in Western Canada to promote thier latest recording, Songs for Dying Nations. The tour started in Calgary on Feburary 19, with a stop in Saskatoon at Amigos on the 26th and winds up in Winnipeg on March 16, where they will play at the Royal Albert. Songs for Dying Natons was produced by studio guru Glen Robinson (Keith Richards, Tea Party, 13 Engines) at Canada's oldest recording studio. Studio Victor in Montreal, with mixing done at Greenhouse Studio in Vancouver. These recordings were then mastered by Howie Weinberg (Faith No More, Slayer, U2) in New York City. The band has pushed back the official release of the CD as they are currently working on a distribution deal.
Their most recent appearance at Amigo's showed thethey're not just loud, but their combination of ear-ringing guitars, thumping bass, pounding drums and poetic and powerful lyrics prove the band has moved up a couple of notches in thier professionalism and maturity. With their roots stemming from La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Breach of Trust is a foursome that consists of lead singer, Marty Ballantyne, drummer William Aubut, bassist Zan Kryzanowski, and vocalist and guitarist Colin "Cheech" Cheecho, who is the latest addition to the band.
In 1994, Ballantyne served as a National Native Role Model for the Saskatchewan Region, while lately he was chosen by MacLean's Magazine as one of 100 Canadians under the age of 30 in their "Faces of the Future" and Gen-X Magazine's "Leaders of the New Millenium". He is also the General Manager of Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation, a network of Aboriginal radio stations in La Ronge, in addition to serving as vice-chairman of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
Members of the band share a defining link, that of their Aboriginal ancestry. But, this is a fact that you will never hear about. Breach of Trust has never marketed themsleves through their ancestry, although the lyrics in their latest songs such as Disease, Bring Me Down, Empty, Awakening, An Offering, So Civilized, Who Am I, Generational, A Lesson In Futility, and Complicated reveal the importance of what it means to be Native.
Without a doubt, Breach of Trust is a definite level apart, not above or below mind you, from other contemporary "Native" bands such as Chester Knight, Susan Aglukark, Lorrie Church, or Fara. Let's just say they are different. For a band that plays music geared to a more youthful audience, that is a good thing.
Breach of Trust hones their skills as a cover band in La Ronge. As their alter ego, "The Ugly Sisters", they became a household name and built a dedicated loyal following in northern Saskatchewan. In fact, these guys even opened up for such bands as Trooper, Nazareth and April Wine. (The Ugly Sisters latest recording "Live at the Zoo" can be purchased at Mary Scorer Books in Saskatoon.) For now, all commitments have been geared towards the release of Songs for Dying Nations.
In 1995, Breach of Trust recorded and independently released their first CD, Dead Issue EP. The video for the single "Family" received airplay on MuchMusic. For more info and details regarding Breach of Trust, check them out on-line at www.breachoftrust.com.
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