Due to what both musicians would describe as “a really shitty 2014”, vocalist/synth player Sheldon Stenning and bassist Tommy Phoenix both found themselves exiting the year band-less, after the dissolution of their respective long-running projects Sharks! On Fire! and Fighting For Ithaca.
After some scouting around the local scene in their hometown of Vancouver B.C. they recruited guitarist Will Langlais and drummer Tyler Zanon, feeling an intense chemistry between the four of them as early their first jam together. Drawing from a wide range of influences such as post-hardcore, punk, indie rock and even jazz, the quartet quickly began to find a sound all of their own.
After releasing their first EP “Reki” to positive critical reception and touring western Canada, Tommy resigned from the band due to financial and family obligations. Being married is tough. However, this didn’t slow the band down as they continued to play shows, regularly touring western Canada with the help of a few good friends filling-in. The band also starting the preparations for their second album.
After searching for many months, Air Combat found their new permanant bass player right under their nose: Evan Follweiter. Evan previously played with Sheldon in Sharks! On Fire!, and came armed with touring experience and years of shows under his belt.
The band is now poised to tour the majority of Canada after releasing their second album “The Story Of The Boy With The Stolen Name” tracked at Rain City Recorders and mixed by Sam Pura of The Panda Studios, who has previously worked with The Story So Far and Forever Came Calling.