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ПисанеЗаглавие: Before the Curtain   Чет Ное 03, 2011 10:49 pm


If Adam Haggarty chose his life before conception, he chose wisely. The frontman and creative force of Before the Curtain, Haggarty played out his childhood in the small city of Peterborough, northeast of Toronto. His life centered around a father who lived to play guitar and balanced his family including 2 young sons with the demands of the road. It was his father who took him to buy his first electric guitar at age 12 and fueled his passion for sound production and recording at his father's own Haggarty Sound Studio. "He has been a huge influence on me... he is an amazing guitar player. I remember being younger and asking him, 'How come you sound so good?' He said, 'It's all in the fingers,' and I've never forgotten that."


Adam began writing and fronting his first band in high school with Stanley Mission. The band wrote and produced a 10 song cd in 1999 for fans to snap up at all-ages shows. After band members moved on to college, Adam formed Boy Gone Mad in 2001, where he cultivated a heavier sound, got experience touring, and continued writing and experimenting in the recording studio. Haggarty fully knows how fortunate he is to have faced some dead ends in his life--the time spent trying to operate a t-shirt screening shop, the sales jobs, the cover bands. Even the end of his short run on guitar with My Darkest Days stoked his creative fire: "I wished the guys the best of luck and moved to Kelowna. I thought my chances were done in music, but did I really want to be just a guitar player in a band with no say in writing at all? Deep down I knew that this was a gift in disguise.


"Everything I've done in my life has brought me to these people, these songs, and this band."

The relocation to the west coast was instrumental in giving the artist space to write non-stop and master his own recording/production skills. The resulting songs caught the ear of Darren Grahn who would go on to produce demos of Haggarty's new material with the intention to gain label interest. Enter Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace) who received the recordings through mutual friend and Before the Curtain bass player, Tommy Gardner. It was crystal clear upon hearing more songs, listening to Haggarty perform and spending time together writing that this was the perfect band to debut on Gontier's own Sludge Factory label. Called on to deeply entrench the sound of Before the Curtain were Brent Alvey on guitar, Jeff Holmes on Keyboard/Synth/Guitar and Adam's brother, drummer Brett Haggarty. The result is a sonic roar textured with rich vocals and a deep melodic sense. Plainly and simply, fate is unfolding for the band in perfect cadence.


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