POE MUSIC: OLD WIVES

PORTRAITS OF EDMONTON MUSIC: OLD WIVES//© ALLISON DRAGSTEN 2017

Sitting down for beers with the Old Wives you’re guaranteed to find yourself laughing along with the guys right away. Drummer Darren Chewka and guitarist Shaun Millard have been playing together for the past 10 years with vocalist and bassist Ryan Dix joining the band 7 years ago. These guys are definitely comfortable together and will happily crack jokes at their own expense. They might be one of Edmonton’s older punk bands but they're certainly not slowing down anytime soon. In fact, Darren’s in his prime drumming years, playing with Teenage Bottlerocket when he’s not working or jamming with the Old Wives. “I’m more active then I’ve ever been” Darren tells me. The band now has to deal with scheduling conflicts and actively use a day timer to plan around Darren’s schedule.

PORTRAITS OF EDMONTON MUSIC: OLD WIVES//©ALLISON DRAGSTEN 2017
PORTRAITS OF EDMONTON MUSIC: OLD WIVES//©ALLISON DRAGSTEN 2017
PORTRAITS OF EDMONTON MUSIC: OLD WIVES//©ALLISON DRAGSTEN 2017

Nonetheless Shaun and Ryan are very supportive of Darren and are making things work with a Canadian tour planned for this spring followed by a European tour this fall to support their upcoming album Three. The guys started writing the album as a four piece and had to finish the album as a three piece. Darren describes the album as a “real kick at the can” with Shaun adding that the album has lots of songs about drinking. There was no single inspiration, Ryan says, they just wanted “to make it as good as we could make it.” If past albums are any indication, Three will not be a disappointment.

PORTRAITS OF EDMONTON MUSIC: OLD WIVES//©ALLISON DRAGSTEN 2017

You can catch the Old Wives at their record release show with the Weekend Kids this Friday, May 5th at The Needle Vinyl Tavern. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram