Vancouver based Indie-Rock outfit Derrival combines synth-heavy elements of bands like Phoenix and M83 with guitar driven hooks and melodies reminiscent of Two Door Cinema Club and Young The Giant.

Formed in 2009 by combining high-school bands, the 5-piece quickly developed a bond like brothers.  Since graduating, they have each pursued different post secondary studies to develop the skill sets of a record label for independently releasing their own music.  The band’s latest EP “Departure & Arrival” (August 21, 2015) is a decompression of the group name Derrival.  The EP’s first single entitled “Original Script” debuted in 2014 and led the band to winning a highly coveted top prize in the BC PEAK Performance Project.

1) Why does voting matter to you?

“Voting matters to us because it is an opportunity to directly influence the future of everyone and everything we care about. We want to see greater support for the arts, action on climate change, and more equity in our country. As musicians we hope we can use our art to move society towards these goals, but voting is a rare chance where we can be 100% sure we will be able to directly push our country in this direction.”

2) What is one thing you’d like to see happen over the next five years – either here in YVR, or nationally?

“There are a number of things we’d like to see happen over the next five years, but they won’t all happen by electing one person or party. That’s why we’d like to see a movement that includes youth, artists, and all concerned citizens, calling on our federal government to take action on the underfunding of the arts, climate change, decreasing the wealth gap in our country, and all other things our generation cares about. A movement like this is necessary to create the kind of change our country needs to become a sustainable, artistic, and happy nation.”

3) Can you name a time you felt part of a movement or cause? How did that community come together? What did that experience feel like?

“We feel like part of a movement at this very moment by answering these questions.  Turn Up YVR is a necessary movement, started by people who are passionate about the future of our country. We are both proud and excited to be a part of Turn Up YVR!”

4) If you could say one thing to today’s youth about the importance of voting, what would you say?

“If you have something you care about in the world – sports, music, the environment, tuition, minimum wage – you have a reason to vote. Whether we like it or not, federal politics affects all these things. Oh, and your employer is legally required to let you leave work to go vote. So, do the right thing: skip out on some work and exercise your democratic right.”

5) Will you pledge to vote #InAdvance?

“Absolutely!”

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