In the fall of 2013, The British Columbians announced that the band was officially on hiatus.
Vancouver area-based quartet The British Columbians have spent the last number of years firmly entrenching themselves in the Canadian music scene, and in a relatively short time, have garnered critical praise from the Canadian music industry and media, along with an impressive list of accomplishments.
The band’s eclectic blend of rock, blues, folk and world music has been described as “old-school blues influenced, stompy rock & roll”, “psychedelic slow burn” and even “dark & wooden folk music”. It just depends on the track you’re listening to or the venue the band is performing at on any given night.
Over the past 4 years and 2 independent album releases, through their self-managed indie label Rural Records, The British Columbians have been building an underground cult-like following, and have shared the stage with the likes of Broken Social Scene, Our Lady Peace, K-OS, Plants & Animals, Band of Skulls, Arkells, Grady and The Sheepdogs, to name just a few.
The band’s 2011 album “Made For Darker Things” was nominated for Best Rock Recording at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards and the singles “Feel No Better” and “A Fine Mess” broke the Top 20 Charts at multiple AAA, college and satellite radio stations across Canada. In the spring of 2012, the band was featured on “Live@TheVerge” - a XM/Sirius Satellite radio channel – where the band performed 5 songs live in studio, that were then streamed out across North America.
“This is Canadian rock & roll at its finest.” - Beatroute
“This young quartet brings a fresh take on music that straddles the border between old time blues, and stompy rock ‘n’ roll. Real, earthy and rugged as a B.C. mountain top.” - CBC Radio 2
“There’s no mistaking the raw energy of Made For Darker Things. These soulful tracks are steeped in the spirit of the blues, which is only fitting given (singer) Knox’s lifelong love affair with the genre.” - Georgia Straight
“With its’ beautifully sinister tone, this album floored me upon first-listen. Made For Darker Things is nothing short of impressive… required listening for anyone who wants to spend 38:45 entertaining his or her dark side.” - !earshot
“The debut album by The British Columbians is so clear in its vision and spot-on in its execution that we wonder why we’ve never heard a peep about them until now. The four-piece mixes gritty blues-rock with sleazy classic rock and throws in some softer folk, too. The rock songs are built around tough, slinky guitar riffs and singer/guitarist Girard Knox’s badass voice…a polished, promising debut.” - NOW Magazine