Hailing from the mud of Canada's capital region, Evil Creek formed in October 2017. Their first EP “Dirt Road” highlights a heavy acoustic-driven sound stemming from influences that range from Alice in Chains and Days of the New to lighter sounds like Goo Goo Dolls and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Tracks "Dirt Road" & "For the last time" are featured in 2 separate bar scenes in the 2011 Indie file "A Violent State" directed by Adrian Langley.
After Mark Garrod (Lead Vocals and Guitar) finished the recording process for “Dirt Road” he reached out to people he considered to be top notch musicians in the Ottawa local scene to form “Evil Creek”. Cliff Chamberlain (Lead Guitar and backing vocals) and Mark had worked together over the years, playing in different Ottawa heavy metal bands. They often shared the stage on the same bill, and have always discussed starting a project together.
Having already established relationships with various promoters and venues, Evil Creek accepted an offer to open up a show for Jeff Martin of the Tea Party. Mark right away thought of good friend Steve Thompson (Drums and Percussion) who he had played in other Ottawa bands. Mark asked Steve to play percussion with he and Cliff for the Jeff Martin show and it soon became a long-term arrangement.
As the three of them continued to rehearse and write more music, they decided it was time to complete the Evil Creek sound by rounding out the lineup with a bass player. Mark posted an ad “Looking for a bass player for alternative acoustic rock project” and within a day Grant MacDonald (Standup Bass) had reached out to Mark to express his interest in the opportunity, and the 4-piece all-acoustic sound of Evil Creek was established.
After writing and recording their next EP "Rust", Grand decided to move on and Evil Creek set out again to complete the lineup. In the new year of 2020, Steve's good friend and former bandmate Rus Miller (Acoustic Bass) answered the call, and the sound was once again complete.
Evil Creek is currently writing more music, performing live shows, and taking new bookings. With a heavy groove behind energetic acoustic guitar riffs and eerie melodic vocals, Evil Creek's high-energy all-acoustic sound leaves audiences with hearts pounding, feet stomping, and wanting to hear more. We look forward to seeing you at a show soon!