Life changed for Kamloops-based musician Chris Brock the first time he picked up a bass guitar.
He was living in Merritt and in Grade 7. It was the first time something in school engaged him to the point where he felt compelled to pursue it beyond the classroom, said Brock.
“It felt natural. It felt like something I didn’t have to work hard at,” he told The Daily News on Tuesday.
Now the singer/guitarist is carving out a musical career with The Chris Brock Band. With one sold-out show under his belt and a performance Wednesday night at Heroes Pub at Thompson Rivers University, Brock intends to take it was far as he can.
“I haven’t stopped wanting to go with it,” said Brock.
Growing up in Merritt with parents who listened to country music, one might assume Brock’s musical leanings are to songs about broken hearts and pickup trucks.
While there is a bit of a country influence to The Chris Brock Band, he believes his music has more of a folksy sound than anything else. And guitar solos right out of Pink Floyd.
“I don’t try and stick within any one thing or any formula. I just write what seems to go out of me at the time and go with it,” said Brock.
Brock’s formal training is his high school band classes, which he became obsessed with, he said. He spent most of his Grade-12 year in the band room, learning guitar, piano and sound mixing. His vocal training started with singing along to music while driving.
“No one seemed to complain, so I stuck with it,” he said of his singing.
Brock has been performing steadily for 13 years, and now has a group of trusted musicians to back him up including David Johnstone on lead guitar, Kelly Myre on bass, and Casey Koyczan on drums.
The band played to a sold-out crowd in Merritt two weeks ago. A recording of that performance will be released as an EP in the coming months.
He’s also looking forward to Wednesday night’s show at Heroes, a venue he’s enjoyed playing before. There is an open mic from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., a guest DJ at 8 p.m. and The Chris Brock Band takes the stage at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 at the door.