Bacchus is a rock and roll power trio from Toronto, Canada that creates music using the primordial elements that define our record collections. Distorted guitar, deeply-grooving bass and drums, strong hooks delivering emotional lyrics, and a metric ton of chemistry merge into one sound on the band’s new EP Be the Change. The lineup of Keith Babcock on drums, Tristan Campbell on bass and vocals, and Reuben O'Dell-Barkow on guitar and vocals is real and unvarnished, reveling in the ragged glory of rock music and proving that the rumors of its demise have, indeed, been greatly exaggerated.
Bacchus writes songs from a handful of baseline influences that includes rock, blues, folk, punk, and disco. The sound is organic and instantly familiar because it builds on the things that got us all into this stuff in the first place. It stomps hard both live and in the studio and you’ll want to listen to it loud.
Bacchus began in 2008 out of the ashes of another band and released an EP in 2011 called Lady and the Moon and played a lot of gigs in the Toronto area. A hiatus followed but the group reunited in 2017, which led to Be the Change. A DVD project is up next featuring live and studio footage that’s never been released. Whatever the band’s next move is, Bacchus will continue to draw crowds with its high-energy, dance-inspiring music and show. Fans of actual rock music will want to start listening today.