Eager to establish themselves in the music scene with the creation of their first EP, the Toronto based band Return For Refund defines New Grunge through their contagious, riff driven sound. With edginess and raw vocal grit, Return For Refund blends elements of Rock, Punk, Metal, Funk and Blues in harmony.
Formed in 2013, the band was created after frontman Drew Clementino left the army to pursue his musical ambitions. During his seven years in the military, he always found himself writing songs and bringing his guitar no matter where he went all over the world.
Rooted in personal experiences, the name Return For Refund has developed a deeper meaning for the band. Reflecting on his life, Clementino says “I’ve identified the name with my own return from the military. I wasn’t happy with the things I was doing and the person I became. I’m back and I’m asking for my refund from the lies they sold me; I want my money back.”
Gaining inspiration from bands such as Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, and Soundgarden, Return For Refund is comprised of three self-taught musicians, each member bringing their own unique flair to the group. Clementino is the riff crafter, wordsmith, lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player. As the band’s hell raiser and guitar shredder, Sasha Molotkow adds a technical touch and metal edge to each song. As a lover of funk, reggae and anything with a good strong beat, Karlis Hawkins is the band’s instigator of funk and flow.
With the completion of their first EP, Return For Refund strives to bring its compelling version of new grunge to the forefront of the Canadian rock scene.