No one is more surprised than Monster Truck about winning the Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year over heavy favorite Walk Off the Earth.
The Hamilton, Ontario, rock quartet stunned the Canadian awards show last month, beating out Walk Off the Earth, Hey Ocean!, The Pack A.D. and Yukon Blonde.
“We were the underdog by a mile,” said guitarist Jeremy Wilderman. “Walk Off the Earth had made it big first with their cover of Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ and just got bigger from there.
“They were the David and we were the Goliaths. We were absolutely shocked. You should see our faces on TV. Look it up, it’s on YouTube.”
Even at age 30, Wilderman says winning Breakthrough Group of the Year is nothing to scoff at.
“We busted our asses off touring across Canada last year. That and some of our songs getting airplay gave it some traction.”
With the help of producer Eric Ratz, the old-school rockers fed off their classic-rock influences and a few other twists.
“It was about walking the line of giving the fans exactly what they wanted,” Wilderman said. “We didn’t want to confuse anyone, but we also wanted to add some new elements without deviating too much. If you go too far off track, it can be dangerous. We threw in our spin on our influences, like Nirvana and NOFX.
“We had all been in other bands before, and I can honestly say, this is the first time I’ve been happy about a band. This was a no-brainer for us: simple rock riffs and awesome vocals. Everyone complements each other really well. Everyone brings their ideas to the table.”
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