Three of the members of Dead Wax Collective were originally part of Koark

Three of the members of Dead Wax Collective were originally part of Koark

Musicians overcome rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle

The Dead Wax Collective aren’t known for creating tsunamis, but they are somewhat of an aftershock to the Island’s music scene.

Talk for the last several decades is of ‘the big one’ hitting the Island.

The Dead Wax Collective aren’t known for creating tsunamis, but they are somewhat of an aftershock to the Island’s music scene.

The Collective is three-quarters of the former band Koark, known for their intense, “thinking man’s metal” music as much as for their embodiment of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

Koark was chosen from more than 68 local bands to represent Vancouver in the North American-wide Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands and shared the bill with Flybanger, God Awakens Petrified, Noise Therapy and Gob.

They earned a spot on the Vans Warped Tour, opening for Suicidal Tendencies and Sevendust.

From their humble roots in Powell River to the grand stages of the Warped Tour, the band was bound by their love of music and a lifelong friendship.

Unfortunately, the band eventually found themselves caught up in a world of drug abuse and alcoholism, which slowly eroded their friendship, and ultimately the band.

Koark parted ways in 2003. Frontman Nolan Dommett left the Lower Mainland, leaving Josh Fulford, Jason Dickie and Jeff Woods in search of a new singer, and perhaps more importantly, a new outlook on life.

“I was sitting in my truck with a bunch of cocaine wondering how I was ever going to get to sit on a beach in Mexico,” Dickie said. “I had to be at work in a couple of hours, and there was no way I would be sleeping that night.”

Fulford’s motto was: party like a rock star till you become one.

“It didn’t exactly work out that way,” Fulford said. “It was a painful, meager, tumultuous existence of party, play, fight and eventually even the playing stopped.”

Woods, who had all but sold his drums, retreated from the party lifestyle and resigned to never put that much heart into music again. He immersed himself into his work and building a new life of his own.

An impromptu jam session several years later made the band realize they still had the chemistry they had with Koark.

They enlisted vocalist Ray Boulay and began writing new material, drawing from their classic rock influences.

The result is the Dead Wax Collective, formed in 2008, and performing at the Queen’s Sunday (Aug. 28), 8 p.m., with Jar and Feird.

Tickets $12/advance from Harbour City Music and the Queen’s; $16/door.

Please call 250-754-6751.