Who plays what: Vocals/Drums: Shannon Hallett
Lead Guitar/Vocals: Nevada Santiago
Bass/BG Vocals: Regina von Kracker
Rhythm Guitar/BG Vocals: lisa e.
Produced/Engineered by: Mike McLean
Recorded @ Faceplant, Vancouver
Mastered at the hive by Stuart McKillop Cover by dollymomma (Tanya Van)
REVIEWS "...They come on like SLANT 6 mixed with SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES: spooky guitar lines and echo-laden vocals from all four members. It's got a definite SoCal vibe too... some of these songs could fit right in on the SUBURBIA soundtrack!
Pop and punk, yet not pop punk, know what I mean?"
- MAXIMUMROCKNROLL, 03/2007
CDs also available in the shops in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Dijon, FR and other cities
punk infused with hectic melodies and sludgy downbeats. ... a flourishing
EP that is full of the contorted contradictions and turbulent risks
that Betty Kracker pull off flawlessly."
- Exclaim Magazine,
"I like all the BETTY KRACKER songs!!!!! The songs are powerful and spectacular!!!!!!!!! The band sounds fantastic!!!!!!" - GUILLERMO PEZ, Santa Fe 104.5 FM
Santa Fe - ARGENTINA
"...Guitars ring in all the right places, drums pound appropriately,
bass undulates and the vocals careen over top of the smartly arranged
and well-written tunes." The Nerve,
"...Taking their cue from those fine bands (Frightwig, Avengers),
and chucking some Crass and X into the mix, Easy
Bay Coven serves up a righteous old school Garage Punk smack
upside the head. It's good to see some women back in the slam pit." Red Cat Review
The Story Mix equal parts punk, new wave, pop and rock, blend furiously, and bake at wicked high heat until crunchy!
Betty Kracker kicked off their live music takeover of Vancouver in 2004 at FaceFest, at the Railway Club (dozens were slain, appreciation flowed). Dozens of shows in the Vancouver area ensued. The song "S.C.W." was recorded soon after at FacePlant for the Red Cat Records anti-Gordon Campbell (BC premier) compilation Citizen's Rule, released in spring of 2005.
The debut ep Easy Bay Coven was released in October 2006 to national acclaim (The Nerve, Exclaim, MaximumRockandRoll, Absolute Underground all loved it).
The last part of 2006 was a period of songwriting and some changes; a case of band 'mitosis' occurred. Nevada Santiago is in the process of recording new song creations as 'Gnash Rambler', with Regina and drummer Brad Mitchell (Facepuller), J.T. Massacre (Big John Bates, Slickjacks, ex-Pet Fairies).
Shannon and lisa e. continue with new songs and welcomed to the band new members Trevor Thompson (The Rain and The Sidewalk) on guitar, backing vocals and Ryan Schmidt (ex-Salmon Arm, ex-Motorama) on bass.
The new line-up debuted at Facefest 2007 on May 26th to a packed Railway Club, and the band has performed regularly through the last couple of years.
Betty Kracker released Bent Outta Shape in 2008. the seven-song CD moves into more of a postpunk vein, while retaining the punknroll edge. It also contains a kickass cover of Joy Division's INTERZONE, which was named 'cover of the week' on the Joy Division Central website in May!
Shannon is recording with Trevor's The Rain and the Sidewalk project, and Lisa and Ryan are recording their own project as well as creating some mind-blowing visual art.
No performances are booked for the moment, as Shannon has relocated east.
However, it is not the last you'll hear of Betty Kracker...