Spill Canvas to rock SDSU

Lucinda Albers

Lucinda Albers

On April 5 at 7 p.m., The Spill Canvas and Goodroad will be playing at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available for $8 with student ID and $10 for non-students. There will be a booth at the Union the week before the show, and from noon until show time the day of the concert.

The Spill Canvas originally started with Nick Thomas (vocals/guitar). The Sioux Falls native eventually met up with Dan Ludeman (guitar/vocals), Scott McGuire (bass) and Joe Beck (drums) to complete the band.

“We all knew each other in some way or another, through networking,” said Beck.

The band has a diversity of influences from several different genres of music including blue-grass bands such as Nickel Creek to pop singers like Kelly Clarkson to alternative rock such as Saves the Day.

“I think it’s important that we listen to everything to build our own personal style,” Beck said.

Although the band is based in Sioux Falls, they have played shows throughout the United States and Canada.

“It’s really weird to have sold out shows along the west and east coast,” said Beck. “We still have diehard fans in our hometown, but a lot of them are friends or someone who knows someone who knows us.”

Even though their local shows are full of fans and friends, Beck remembers a time, when they started doing shows in other states, when the band felt they were being somewhat pushed away by their original fans.

“I think when we started playing other states, our local fans kind of pushed us away,” Beck said. “Maybe they thought we were selling out or something, but Sioux Falls is still one of our favorite places to play.”

The band has played several local towns, but April 5 will be their first time in Brookings.

“We haven’t played in Brookings before,” Beck said. “But we have gotten a lot of requests from student to come and play.”

And according to Beck, the show will be good. When asked what two words best described their live performances, after a few moments of contemplation, Beck replied “powerful emotion.”

“Even if we have a bad day or something, we just get up on stage and pour as much of ourselves into the show as possible,” Beck said. “We just pour out our hearts and souls and let everything go.”