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By David Perri
If you haven't heard of Sector Seven, it's all right.
In these times of bloated, commercially-driven, pop-punk, it's easy for the real-deal to get lost in the shuffle.
However, Sonic Unyon recording artists Sector Seven might not toil in anonymity for much longer. From touring with the likes of Goldfinger, The Ataris and The Vandals, to being nominated for a MuchMusic Video Award, Sector Seven is making waves not only in the punk rock community, but in the mainstream as well.
"Our biggest goal right now is just to have our new album out by April," says Jon Gauthier, Sector Seven's vocalist. "We'll do another tour and hopefully we'll get into the United States a little more and even tour in Europe. We're just going to start small."
Currently on tour supporting their latest release, Dual, Sector Seven is enthusiastic about the opportunities associated with being on a label like Sonic Unyon.
"This new release is both of our older CDs in one. The two [previous albums] never really got a chance to get out there, so Sonic Unyon wanted to re-release both those albums," he says.
"We're currently touring with Chore who are also on the label and Rocket Science, who is distributed by Sonic Unyon, is also on the tour. Sonic Unyon has just been great. The first thing they did was get us on a few Warped Tour shows right off the bat. It was pretty cool to do those," Gauthier says.
Sector Seven is also making an impact on Canada's music station, MuchMusic.
"Having Sonic Unyon behind us for the video has really been helpful, but our director, Walt Biljane, helps out a lot as far as that stuff is concerned. We find it pretty cool that we're getting some exposure on TV. It really is the best exposure possible," he admits.
Sector Seven's sound is, apparently, an issue of contention.
While decidedly punk, it does espouse some of the aggressive tendencies of metal. "Yeah, we definitely have some metal influences. Our guitar player's brother was in the band Varga, so maybe that's where some of the metal influences come from," Gauthier says.
"We're all punk fans, so it all kind of gets tied together. We're aggressive punk, sort of like punk-metal. It's almost like a new category because there are quite a few bands who are taking a stab at it," Guathier explains.
The pop-punk scene that has recently become the domain of so many 14-year-olds is quite a controversial one. Some artists believe it affords them greater signing opportunities, while others view it as one big, perennial sell-out.
"Those bands aren't sell-outs. Those are all their own tunes that they're writing. It just happens to be popular right now. I think it probably helps us. The drums are a bit quicker on those Blink-182 tracks and people are getting used to that," Gauthier says.
"And that's good for us because we play a bit quicker and people can relate to our sound. I don't think it's a bad thing not at all."
Sector Seven hit the stage tomorrow night at Call the Office. Tickets are $6 at the door.