The Checkerboard Floors can’t stop playing music. If anything, nearly a decade of gigging around Southern Ontario has merely whet their collective appetite and fueled their fire to create.
Other than their live shows, nothing demonstrates this more than their LP, Art Project, released independently in 2014. Hamilton Blues Lovers hailed it as “a multi-layerd, dynamic album packed full of powerful riffs with an alt-rock touch”, where “roots, funk, alternative rock [and] classic rock are all mixed in with panache”, and Barber Shop Podcast described it as “each instrument and voice, both pushing and pulling the others effortlessly, creating just the right tension to make the heartstrings sing”.
The Checkerboard Floors are Derek Palango (vocals, guitar), Tyler Wilson (guitar, vocals), Matt Outerson (bass, vocals) and Rob Shorney (drums, vocals). They found themselves together through work, mutual friends, and a shared love of music in early 2009. They quickly secured gigs in local venues as a cover band, and spent the next few years refining their act, performing a wide array of covers from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Paul Simon, and more contemporary artists such as The Black Keys, The Sheepdogs, and The Tragically Hip.
Their sound undoubtedly centres on Rock as a focal point. However, each member brings with them a different outlook, coloured by their individual passions for different styles, be it Blues, Funk, Alternative, or Jazz.
The band is currently starting work on a follow up to Art Project, and continues to play shows regularly, leveraging the hits when required, and showing off their original chops whenever possible. No matter what, the rock keeps rolling.