“Stuck in-between sad and angry” is the first phrase vocalist/guitarist Jacques Richer often utters when describing both the musical and emotional thrust of Screaming at Traffic.
The band, based in Winnipeg, MB was formed by founding and current members Richer and fellow guitarist/vocalist Duncan Murta, bassist Paul Colman, and drummer Stefan St. Godard in the spring of 2017. The band’s full-length debut I Don’t Like Sports – released June 7, 2019 on Little Rocket Records – is an aggressive, visceral presentation of the band’s uniquely crafted hybrid of Midwestern emo and pop-punk, perfectly realizing Richer’s brief mission statement.
Musically, the group both draws on and draws comparisons to classic punk and alternative acts such as Hot Water Music and Samiam, and modern groups carrying on the sound and spirit like Iron Chic or PUP.
Much like the aforementioned, Screaming at Traffic has built the back of their musical career off their chaotic, reckless, engaging live performances, and an anthemic, yet pulverizing take on emotive punk rock. Because of this, the band quickly found themselves sharing the stage and festival bills with the likes of Hot Water Music, Good Riddance, Single Mothers, PKEW PKEW PKEW and more.
Now post-lockdown with a new found determination and their hearts on their sleeves, Screaming at Traffic is looking to take on the world, one chanting crowd at a time.
The band just wrapped up an eastern Canadian tour with stops in Oshawa and Toronto and they wrap up their Tour this Friday in Winnipeg. This week, The Rock will feature some of their music including their new single New Year!