Band unveils family treasure

Braeden Marshal is celebrating the release of its debut album with a benefit concert Saturday night.

The album, Treasures, was created from songs the band perfected over the last two years. Initially the band created the event solely as an album launch, but decided to also make it a benefit concert. Joel Wiggers, lead singer and guitarist for the band, said his father has colon cancer that has spread to his lungs and liver.

“It’s spreading pretty aggressively,” said Wiggers. “My parents are not financially well off. We’re just going to honour my dad that night.”

Braeden Marshal is a family affair, made up of Wiggers and his two sons Marshall, 19, and Brayden, 17.

The band formed in 2009 and plays rock, “reminiscent of Soul Asylum,” says the band.

Some of Wiggers’s favourite songs from the debut album include Breaking, which explores the subject of relationships, and a cover of Oasis’ Wonderwall.

“I like the way the song came across,” said Wiggers about the cover of Wonderwall. “It’s so true to the original but also so Braeden Marshal.”

Wiggers said the concert is also a way for the band to thank its fans.

The launch party is Saturday (Nov. 24) at the Vancouver Island University theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, which includes a copy of the album, and are available at www.braedenmarshal.com.


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