In the beginning there was a catastrophic BOOM... and, without the use of an epidural, SKOOKUM was born. Four monsters crawled out from under the beds of rock star dreamers during an eclipse unearthing a mutual passion for chunky guitar driven rawk. Together they drew up the SKOOKUManifesto: No pretenses. Big Phat Sounds. Good Times. Rock & Roll!
The name Skookum comes from a Pacific Northwest Chinook term for big, strong, powerful and swift. Most know it as slang for "Big n' tough" or impressive. Their sound? Powerful guitar
riffs, big grooves with a walloping vocal punch! They sound SKOOKUM!
Of course, making great music is serious business for this passionate band of brutes which includes Vanman, Storm, Dizzy Shears & Coke-Lovin'Dave solid players who pad the Skookum sound with impressive musicianship, creativity and solid laughs all around. SKOOKUM simply doesn't feel it has to write sullen and gloomy material for it to rock. They point to the success of Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers and even Faith No More as examples of fresh and original heavy rock that doesn't always dwell on the negative.
SKOOKUM hits the stage with a unique collection of anthemic songs, big guitars and driving grooves. But that's only part of what separates SKOOKUM from the chaff of the multitude of bands
out there. SKOOKUM engages their audience with hilarious banter and tales to set up some of their outrageous and memorable songs, like the celebration of Canada's favorite drink "Rye(Can't Remember)", the dark n spooky "Monsters Under the Bed" and their staple live classic "the Team Canada Montage": the curse-word laden, nation-lovin semi-cover song that will never get played on commercial radio but has them rollin' in the aisles! It's a celebration of fist to air, boot to arse hard rock n roll!
Like no other band anywhere (except for maybe KISS and Coheed & Cambria?), Skookum embellishes their tales of life in a Rock n' roll band with their ongoing comic book series, SKOOKOMIX:
an autobiographical cross between Spinal Tap & KISS with some fantasy thrown in for good measure. The first issue was included as a release alongside the bands debut album, Big Phat Sounds. You can follow the misadventures on their website at: http://www.skookumrock.com/art.html -
SKOOKUM celebrated the Vancouver 2010 Olympics with the release of a video for their song "Rye". As patriotic Canadians gathered around wide screens to watch the games, the band boasted one of Canada's best kept secrets, Rye Whiskey. See it now on YouTube here!
Band MembersVanman - Lead Vocals/ Guitar
Storm - Drums/Vocals
CocaCola - Bass guitar/Vocals
Dizzy Shears - Guitar/Vocals