Influenced by their own music-minded families and the sounds of rock pioneers like Black Sabbath, Nirvana, The Sex Pistols and Nine Inch Nails, three high school students joined forces in 2002 and were inspired to create a raw rock ‘n’ roll sound – ripe with analog flavour, shredding guitar solos, mindful lyrics, constant energy flow, and unwavering musical honesty.
A decade later, Corey Allan Hawkins, Arlen Chudley, Rory Chudley – and newcomer Andy Laissue – are Azimyth, a band that bleeds rock ‘n’ roll and has worked alongside industry vets Steve Albini and Tom Baker, and played to sold-out Vancouver audiences. Azimyth’s self-titled debut album is the realization of its niche sound and validation of its self-directed philosophy.
With Corey Allan Hawkins on vocals and rhythm guitar, Arlen Chudley on drums, and Rory Chudley on bass, Azimyth’s early days featured vibrant shows at Vancouver live performance institutions like Richards on Richards, The Waldorf, and The Picadilly, where the group discovered its edgy sound amidst the colourful chaos of enthusiastic crowds. After surviving the revolving doors of Vancouver’s local performance culture, Azimyth’s deciding moment came in 2010 when they emerged from a one-year hiatus to pour their creative heart and soul into the blueprint for a studio album.
Within a year, the band was in Chicago recording with engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana’s In Utero) and mastering a final album with Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral). Eagerly along for the ride was Andy Laissue, the band’s new lead guitarist, who joined after honing his craft in the progressive music scene of Seattle, Washington.
The build-up to Azimyth’s debut album has boasted early exposure from as far away as Beijing radio to as close as Vancouver, where the band was voted into the Top 20 of the CFox 99.3 Vancouver Seeds 2011 as the “fan choice”. The album’s release to an exuberant sold-out crowd at Joe’s Apartment on June 11th, 2011 set a venue record for merchandise sales and brought the band into a new creative era.
“Azimyth delivers a distinct and energetic sound. I am impressed by their dedication and professionalism, and I look forward to collaborating with them again in the future.”- Jonathan Fluevog, Owner of Vogville Recording
“Chances are, if you’re not from Vancouver, you haven’t heard of the band Azimyth. That’s bound to change, as this Vancouver band is blowing up the local rock scene, and it’s just a matter of time before they explode outwardly to the rest of Canada and across North America.” – Mark McLeod, Writer for Showbiz Monkeys