Student Update - Articles of War

Mar.24 / 2016
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Check out this great article by James Reaney 

Moose Jaw’s Hayley Henrikson, Orillia’s Vicky May and Victoria’s Katie Harmer met at the London-based Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology when the 11-month term began last year.

“We’re all currently studying audio engineering, and being three of five girls in the entire school, we decided it was necessary for us to get to know each other. The first time we decided to get together, we ended up jamming and realized there was a musical chemistry that we wanted to pursue,” 

Graveyard Lullabies was written about a month ago by Henrikson, who turns 20 in April, and May, 21. Harmer, 19, is heard on cello.

The song is one of about six originals in the trio’s songbook. It is much less gloomy than the title might suggest, the three agree.

“We started thinking about graveyards,” Henrikson said.

“It just kept flowing — and here we are,” May said.

Going with the flow is appropriate to AoW, as the trio is cheerfully styling itself on Facebook.

The folk-indie-oop band’s name came out of a shared loved of things nautical — proximity to the Pacific Ocean, tattoos, lakes in Ontario’s cottage country and more.

Articles of War has found allies in the other OIART students.

The 1,300 hours of schooling over 11 months at the private “Harvard of audio recording schools” is equal to a college program.

In all that intense study and passion for sound and music, dozens of other students have found time to encourage Articles of War, recording the trio’s songs and offering advice.

One of the other two women in the class, Nanaimo’s Rachel Mayer, was on hand Tuesday at The Free Press in a managerial role. Mayer is helping her AoW classmates now and preparing for similar jobs in the future.

“We agree that the audio industry is a very male-dominated field — however, the industry is becoming more accepting and open to female engineers,” Articles of War said in responding to comments by Toronto singer Emilie-Claire Barlow about being one the few women who have been nominated for a Juno as Jack Richardson producer of the year.

“Studying at OIART has helped us solidify the idea that success in this industry, and in any industry, is not based on gender.”

Following the video, Articles of War left to hone its entry for CBC Music’s Searchlight competition, an online cross-Canada search for the best up and coming musicians.

The grand prize is $50,000, including $20,000 in Yamaha Canada equipment.

“We’re a newly formed band just trying to get ourselves out there,” said the trio.