Name: Contour (Kayle Goguen - Lead Vocals/Guitar, Phil Larochelle - Guitar/Backup Vocals, Alex McGee - Bass/Backup Vocals, Tyler Hoper - Drums)
Sounds Like: Bill Cosby fornicating with Joan Rivers in an echo chamber... or Alexisonfire, Thrice, Underoath, System of a Down
History: Contour was founded on the principle that it shouldn't be so damn hard to find good, original music. Kayle Goguen met Tyler Hooper sometime around 2004 when they played together in a terrible first band with some mutual friends. Eventually that faded and they began jamming together, looking for other like-minded musicians. After many painful Craigslist auditions and awkward get-togethers, Alex McGee waltzed into Kayle's basement after Tyler befriended him at a bar. Alex instantly gelled with the group. And luckily, his friend Phil Larochelle happened to be a killer guitarist (he didn't even write that either). So past the boring history lesson, Contour was formed and started writing some solid tunes. Now one year later Contour released their debut EP titled Diverge in July 2013.
Something Special: My mom thinks I'm [Kayle] special. Besides that, we play our instruments pretty good and sometimes even in front of people! We play a lot of Super Smash Bros in between jams, Phil or Alex usually wins... but only because I'm not trying...
UC Takeaway: When we asked Kayle for Contour's advice to other artists, he said "I could write you some inspirational quotes taken from a 13-year-old girl's Instagram pictures but instead I'm just going to say: Do it all for the music. I don't know where I'd be without it, so I only aim to replace and build upon what music I've consumed and to contribute to humanity's greatest escape." Many aspects of life involve some sort of competition, and you have to be "in it to win it." The wonderful thing about music and art is that's simply not the case. Yes, the music business is a cut-throat one. But as an artist, if your only goal is to "win," you'll never succeed. Focus instead on the art, on the songs, and on the performance. So in the words of Contour, "do it all for the music," and check out the band below!