River Valley Rats lead singer Josh Marsh (left)

River Valley Rats play to packed house

The River Valley Rats played to a packed house at the Riverlodge Community Room

Sean Glanville

The River Valley Rats played to a sold out crowd at the Riverlodge Community room at this past Saturday’s Hill Climb Dance. The band received nothing but rave reviews from their performance, which included a variety of cover songs spanning many different genres including contemporary songs as well as some blasts from the past.

“We just try to pick songs that you don’t normally hear cover bands play, but are excited when you do,” says lead vocalist Josh Marsh. “We enjoy playing outside of our comfort zones.”

The Kitimat quintet is composed of lead vocalist Josh Marsh, drummer Andrew Murphy, Lee Mosdel on bass, with Dustin Marsh and Alex Zoglaur on guitar. The band was formed sixth months ago and this was their first ever live show.

“Murph (Andrew Murphy) and Alex previously played in a band together called Coldwater and I’ve always wanted to play with them, so when I heard they were looking for somebody I joined up with them,” says Marsh. “My brother Dustin who plays with me all the time anyways came along as well.”

The group jams once a week in the basement of Murphy’s Kitimat home. Although the band is relatively new, their is plenty of musical talent and experience amongst its members. The Marsh brothers also play in a separate band.

“Dustin and I play in a band called Alive in Kamloops and we do all original music and no cover songs,” says Marsh.

Despite being Kamloops-based, all their recordings for Alive occurs here in Kitimat. A third Kitimat musician, Calvin Lechner, is also a band member for Alive.  Lechner played drums in 2008 and 2009 for Canadian rock band Faber Drive, based out of Mission, BC.Their recordings with Alive are available on iTunes for listeners.

“Dustin has a recording studio at his house here in Kitimat, so we do the recording and the writing here,” says Marsh.

The River Valley Rats are hoping with more time and more shows their fan base and popularity will spread and enable them further opportunities.

“We’ve been doing mostly bar shows and we will be in Terrace at the end of the month at The Northern on the 27th and 28th. Previously to this we were all in touring bands playing our own stuff kinda thing,” says Marsh. “I would like to start playing weddings and all that with the cover songs.”

The band are hoping to line up more regional shows but eventually want to tour BC.

“We definitely hope to cover the Northwest through to Smithers and Prince Rupert and hopefully eventually expand down into the Cariboo,” says Marsh.

Those looking for tickets to the bands next performances July 27 and 28 can contact Leavitt Machinery in Kitimat at (250) 632-7833 or The Northern Motor Inn in Terrace at 1(800) 663-3390.

Just Posted

Broken axle caused New Hazelton train derailment: TSB

It could happen again without a different way to inspect trains

Cullen remains uncertain about political future

Says he’ll make decision in early March

Terrace resident’s bill banning single-use plastics introduced in Ottawa

MP Nathan Cullen’s presented Ben Korving’s private member’s bill Wednesday

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Most Read