Harvey King & The Grindstone is a six-piece “northern soul rock-and-roll” Sudbury-based band born late in 2018.
It’s a passion project of vocalist Will Himsl and rhythm guitarist Sam King. Together they assembled the rest of the team, Matt Saroka on lead guitar, Kris Harris on keys, Sean Brouse on bass and Alex Pauzé on drums.
This group of experienced local musicians are people that often visit Himsl’s barbershop, The Refinery (which also sells skateboards).
King explains that in the band’s early days, he and Himsl decided they wanted to be songwriters — Himsl tackles the lyrics, while King generally puts them to music.
We “put together a whole bunch of songs, put it to the fellas, and we just started playing music and saw what happened,” he said.
The band definitely ranges in genres, King said. “With our songs, it goes from old timey right up to reggae. It’s all over the map.”
They’ve now come up with enough tunes for a full album, which they plan to release sometime next year. An EP came out this summer as a prelude to the full album.
The EP, "Bigtime", “offers a glimpse into the energy and diversity of the band’s stylings,” said a press release.
The band also released its first music video, Get Gone, in August. You can watch that below:
After the band’s initial creation, it was planning to launch in earnest in late 2019. But the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic just a few months later “completely derailed us for a good year and a bit,” King said.
“That’s the resulting EP. Because of the pandemic, we had some stuff to finish on the full-length album that we couldn’t do because of COVID-19. So we did a lot of the EP stuff in our own basements.”
Harvey King & The Grindstone was actually able to play two music festivals this summer — Up Here in Sudbury and Northern Vibe near Sault Ste. Marie.
“It was a lot of fun,” King said. “It was the first time we actually played in front of people.”
Learn more about the band on its Facebook page.
Editor’s note: This article is part of a series called New Music Mondays, where we feature new music by musicians from the Greater Sudbury area on Mondays. If you’re an area musician and would like us to profile your work, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.