My name is Shane and I started playing guitar in 1992 when I was 13 years old. I got a piece of shit guitar, learned a few chords and like many my age at the time I started a band. When I was growing up, at least where I came from, (Northern Ontario) this was pretty common.
There was a rather active independent punk rock scene in my sleepy little town in the 1990s. Kids made bands, put on their own shows, recorded their own albums and put them out for other kids to hear. A group of kids made a legitimate school club called the IOLB or Imperial Order of Low Budget which was used to allow the local bands, who attended the school, to rent halls and use the school's equipment to put on shows. The money made from the shows was used to buy recording time for local bands. We met kids from other little towns who were doing the same thing and the scene grew. We traveled to play shows in their towns and the other bands came to play in Kirkland Lake. It was a great way to grow up.
On this page you’ll find music that I’ve recorded with the bands I’ve been in during my youth up to my most recent home recordings. You won’t find “professional” recordings, pitch perfect singing, or pop hits here. I came from a punk rock DIY scene in the mid 90s so a good chunk this stuff is recorded using a 4 track cassette recorder. What you will find is music made by my friends and I that was created purely for the passion of making music at a time when the music was all that mattered. In adulthood I haven't played or recorded much but did record some music with a friend in university and have done a few acoustic songs and they're here too.
I'm not claiming to have written everything here. Basically, if I sing it I wrote it at least primarily. Some will have co-writers. I'll try to have accurate credits in the song descriptions. I'm working on it. I've also been writing what I guess would be the equivalent of liner notes for each song. Basically, just me spouting off the memories I have associated with each of the tracks. For other's songs, I will remove tracks if the songwriter requests (you all know me well enough to know how to contact me) That being said, if I've posted it up here I played on it in some form. If I repost something it's probably a related artist, song I didn't play on, or other band from that era I've found on here.
The line ups listed below are representative of what they were when I was in the band. Some of these bands have had other line-ups that I wasn't a part of. The time frames are indicative of when I was in the band and not the band's entire existence.
The bands on this account are made up of the following humans:
The Subverts (1994)
John Vulgar: Vocals, Guitar
Ben Swindled: Vocals, Guitar, Drums
Shane Willard : Bass, Vocals on Born Too Late
Cragmatic Pope (1995-1996)
Shane Willard: Vocals, Guitar
Austin Acton: Vocals, Guitar
Jasmine Barrette: Bass, Vocals
Amanda Mongeon: Drums, Vocals
Ryan Blais: Cornet, Tacet
Tito Satana (Chad Newton) : Vocals, Guitar
Jerkules (me) : Singing Guitar
Melvin Klein (Kris Lang): Drums
The Great Hygenie (Kaarina Wilson) : Bass
Steel Rider (1997):
Chad Newton: Vocals
Kris Lang: Drums
Austin Acton: Guitar
Shane Willard: Guitar
The Deefons (1997-1999)
Shane Willard: Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Tyler Tessier:Guitar, Bass
YeTI: Bass, Guitar
Marc Milot: Drums
Jennifer McLenaghan: Keys, Vocals
Ben Gardiner: Drums, Production
Hugh Dawg: Live Keys
Shane Willard (Reset The World)(2008-)
Shane Willard: Everything
The Sky Hits The Ground (2011-)
Shane Willard: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass
Mike Lance: Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Yeti: Bass on Blood drop 2 and My Small World Shrinks
Tyler Tessier: Bass on Marshmallow, Bass and Guitar on Rapture
Death of Cool Recordings’s tracks