Speed Control

Hailing from Canada’s North in the Yukon, Speed Control is the rock band that can make you move even at -40 degrees.  Described as “Super Tight, riff heavy, Harmony Rock” by Stuart Derdeyn, Speed Control has a sound that will captivate you and an energy that will leave you smiling, singing, dancing, and wanting more.  Brothers Graeme and Jody Peters have been joined by new members Eric Holland (Drums, Vocals) and Greg McLaughlin (lead guitar, vocals). With the added depth and creativity, new material and new energy is on the way.  

Drawing influences from Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, The Barenaked Ladies, and Motley Crue.  Speed Control is 100% Rock and Roll. Speed Control is a band that plays hard, with passion and energy, be it to 40, 400, 4000, and the end goal of 40,000 people.  This may seem like a lofty goal, but if you can live in the Yukon, load in and out of shows at minus 40, and still come out sweaty, then this doesn’t seem like too hard of a mountain to conquer.  

Speed Control is a rock band that believes in education. While on tour the band puts on workshops, performances, and even runs a School of RAWK during the days and then brings the rock at night.   

History

Brothers Graeme and Jody Peters started the band in 2010, launching their first album  “The A.D.D. Sides”  with a 16 date western Canadian tour.  2012 saw the band release “FAB” and with that came their first national tour with stops from Whitehorse, Yukon to Toronto, Ontario.  2017 saw the release of “SPEED CONTROL” an 11 song album with 3 singles, Still Standing ,  The Deception of Reality and TENT CITY. 2018 and 2019 have seen the band touring upwards of 6 months a year and play between 150-250 shows per year. Speed Control is currently working on new songs for their next album.

Speed Control is sponsored by Yamaha Canada Music.

“Yamaha Canada Music is pleased to continue our instrument support of Speed Control and their mission to bring real rock (RAWK!) to tens-of-thousands of school children each year. We want to get kids excited about playing music and for them to want to know what it feels like to play music together. Speed Control’s infectious energy and positive message will be something the kids will remember for their lifetime- a real key learning moment and experience for them” 

Steve Butterworth, Vice President of Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

“What is Speed Control like on stage? Three thousand people of all ages and backgrounds dancing and smiling describes it best. Speed Control is a high-energy rock act that resonates with youth and adult audiences who say their music is reminiscent of the quality rock bands of the late 60s and early 70s. Fresh, energetic and engaging, Speed Control belongs on festival main stages and in soft-seat theatres where music lovers can listen and appreciate their artistry, or move to their highly danceable melodies.

The Speed Control’s Rawk Camp gives presenters the opportunity to provide their communities with top- notch music instruction that results in children and youth capable of playing songs that their friends know and love. The potential for social change exists in Speed Control and their ability to mentor and lead children and youth in a love of music, and a passion for self-expression through performance. This is ‘presenter gold’ no matter the venue.”

Angela Drainville, Artistic Producer, Atlin Arts & Music Festival