The band started 4 years ago with a different line up. Garrington Begner and his friend Matthew Lunnen started the band after writing some songs together in Matt's studio. They knew of each other from earlier musical groups around the Greater Toronto Area. The two songwriters had a vision and decided to add some members. Over time, while looking for the right fit, members came and went. This brings us to now. Hellaphant is Garrington Begner - vocals/guitar, Chris Arenburg - bass, Scott Cameron - drums and Jason Holmes - lead guitar/backing vocals. The band is signed to "Faster and Louder Records" out of London, ON.
Singer/songwriter Garrington Begner has a long career in the Ontario music scene. His early band, Leftovers, was a heavy metal band out of Oshawa, ON, a band he founded and played bass. Leftovers had a couple of releases and a video that received air time on Much Music. After that, he kicked around the scene, always writing, until he formed the band -LAME-, a power pop/punk band that was signed to the Vespa Music Group. -LAME-'s debut album Ol Dr. Bomb was produced by Pete Lesperance (Harem Scarem), which they toured Canada to promote. The band won the HITZ FM new music search, which brought a spotlight to Garrington's writing. In this time he also had a short stint playing bass for the band The Almighty Trigger Happy and helped write and record Uncooler. After moving to London, ON and taking time away from music, Garrington found his passion for music again and couldn't hold back. With Hellaphant, he has continued his writing style with catchy pop/punk melodies, taking from such influences as The Replacements, The Monkees, Big Drill Car and so many others, and wrapped them into one package.
Chris Arenburg (bass) was introduced through a mutual acquaintance. Chris played in punk bands around the London, ON area for most of his life. After taking some time away from music to focus on life, Chris wanted to get back into playing music in a band. He joined The Thing from Outer Space (A surf band) but wanted to play in a punk style band again. Chris anchors the band and keeps Garrington's over active imagination in check. Chris's bass style adds a steady bottom end with bass lines that weave in and out and ties it all together.
Scott Cameron (drums) has been a sought after drummer around the London scene for a while. Scott was the drummer for the well known, London, ON band, Daily Murders. Scott joined Hellaphant after a mutual acquaintance suggested he go try out. Knowing Chris already, Scott and Garrington were able to connect over their appreciation for vintage scooters, skateboarding and similar taste in music. It's a perfect fit. Scott is the quiet thunder.
Jason Holmes (lead guitar), a hidden gem, came to join the band after laying low from playing for many years. Jay played in previous bands, recording and clubbing but had been out of the scene, but after hearing the band was looking for a new guitarist, Jay reached out to Garrington, walked into rehearsal, and floored band with his playing and outlook. His playing style brings a new and positive layer to the band.
At the end of the day you have four guys who have come together to write, record and play music they are passionate about and proud of. Welcome to Hellaphant.