Vancouver, Canada 4-piece Calpurnia has made the first reveal off their upcoming debut EP–it’s “City Boy”! Led by Finn Wolfhard, best known for his performances on the small screen in ‘Stranger Things’ and on the big in ‘It’, the band’s upcoming record is produced by Cadien Lake James of Twin Peaks and following up sold out shows in NYC and Toronto, will be announcing festival dates soon.
Calpurnia‘s story is how teenage rock dreams are meant to unfold: four friends, all raised on a healthy diet of the Beatles, Nirvana and David Bowie, and a deep love for their respective instruments, retreat one day to a basement and begin jamming together. They cut their teeth on some cover songs and then, with just enough confidence and a dose of adolescent enthusiasm, they write and record their own tunes. And the results are nothing short of stunning.
“It was kind of destined to be,” Finn Wolfhard says of the almost serendipitous genesis of the rough-and-tumble Vancouver-based indie-rock foursome he formed with three of his now-closest friends. “We all just really clicked. And when I’m passionate about something,” the singer-guitarist adds of Calpurnia, who this spring release their self-titled debut EP via Royal Mountain Records, “I like to get it done as quickly as I can. There’s not a lot of wasting time. I love just going for it. Go big or go home.”
In addition to Wolfhard, Calpurnia includes lead guitarist Ayla Tesler-Mabe, a six-string prodigy whose bedroom-shredding viral videos have earned her legions of fans on social media, bassist Jack Anderson and drummer Malcolm Craig. They alll grew up within walking distance of one another. But it took Wolfhard – best known as one of Hollywood’s hottest young actors thanks to his role as Mike Wheeler on Netflix’s hit series ‘Stranger Things’ – meeting Craig on the set of Canadian punk rockers PUP’s ‘Guilt Trip’ music video for things to finally spring into motion.
In short order, the pair met Tesler-Mabe at a music summer camp, and she quickly introduced them to Anderson, her close childhood friend and bassist. “And as soon as we started rehearsing it was just insane,” Anderson says of the quartet’s instant personal and musical chemistry. “It was kind of unbelievable. Like a gift.” Once they played their first official gig together, it was a done deal. “We had all the adrenaline we needed,” Craig says. Where they’d previously played cover songs, “after the response we got,” Craig notes, “we were like, ‘Let’s record some of our own music!'”
“Finn Wolfhard’s band Calpurnia is the real deal, in case you were wondering”—NME
“The breezy song features a catchy guitar riff and echoey vocals from singer/guitarist Wolfhard, plus an epic guitar solo outro.”—Billboard
“a swaggering, blues rock track inspired by the Rolling Stones…It’s an impressive debut for a band of 15-year olds. Hell, it’s an impressive debut for any indie rock band.”—Esquire
“like something straight out of the ending of a John Hughes movie…Obviously, Finn sounds great on the mic, but the instrumental parts are what really stand out”—MTV