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Website: http://www.dakona.ca
Category: Music

Music fans who are tired of the derivative sound of today's indie oeuvre and the gutteral histrionics of mainstream rock fare need look no further than Dakona's Maverick Records debut, Perfect Change, to remind them what a rock band should sound like. The Vancouver-based quartet has a lush, atmospheric quality that combines heady guitar textures with deep, fluid grooves and piercingly beautiful melodies. Their album, produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day) and Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace) and mixed by Randy Staub (P.O.D., Nickelback) and Tom Lord-Alge (Weezer, Avril Lavigne), drives and uplifts with emotionally charged songs of soulful grit and grace.
Dakona came together six years ago, when Ryan McAllister and cousin John Biondolillo teamed up with local players Shane Dueck and Brook Winstanley. The quartet spent the next several years locked away in a decrepit barn-turned-rehearsal space behind McAllister's parent's home, honing their craft and plotting their big move.

Along the way, they built a fastidiously loyal following throughout Canada and Seattle, playing-as McAllister puts it-"anywhere and everywhere, including lunch hour shows at local high schools." "We even played a hospital benefit once where we opened for a sex therapist that was doing a question and answer session for teens," he laughs. "That was a show to remember." In 1998, the blue-collar band went the D.I.Y. route and released Good Enough For Me to rave reviews. Two years later, they followed up with Ordinary Heroes, which became the number one independent-selling album in Vancouver, garnering both local radio play and record company interest. Says Winstanley, "The idea was to make a set of songs that we could shop around, but no one ever told us that we really only needed three or four songs. So we made a 13-song album, which definitely served its purpose."


<li>2003 - Perfect Change</li>
<li>2000 - Ordinary Heroes</li>
<li>1998 - Good Enough For Me</li>

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