Dave Whitenect, guitarist and lead vocalist for the Truro-based band, had just had some disappointing news and made a decision to revoke the band's membership from Music Nova Scotia.
"We had applied for a showcase performance for Nova Scotia Music Week," said Whitenect, about the band that also includes Christian Dufault on bass and Stefano Dodaro on drums. "At that point, we were members in good standing. When I heard Nova Scotia Music Week was coming to Truro, I thought, ‘finally, something is happening here in Truro. Something is happening in our hometown."'
But 460 Kustom wasn't chosen as one of the 100 musical acts that will hit stages across the town next month.
"They passed on us. I couldn't believe it. Here we are, a local band, and we didn't get chosen. I wasn't happy with Music Nova Scotia at all and at that point, their paid membership wasn't doing anything for 460 Kustom, so I revoked our membership."
Interestingly enough, that's when Whitenect received a call about playing the national festival.
"It just blew me away. I don't know what a band has to do to get some local attention, but this was great timing. I was a little bummed out, so it couldn't have come at a better time."
460 Kustom has been in existence for about five years now with the current lineup coming together less than a year ago.
"They're both super talented," said Whitenect about his bandmates. "For me, it's been really cool going from the talent level we started with to what we have now. It's just through the roof."
While Dufault lives in Guysborough County and Dodaro in Antigonish, the two men still travel to the Brookfield area for rehearsals. The band just released a single, Kick, which was recorded in Joel Plaskett's studio in Halifax.
"We weren't sure if Joel would show up because of his schedule, but halfway through Kick, he did show up. He's a really cool guy," said Whitenect. "He sat down and just listened to us. He offered us some suggestions, which we happy listened to and did, and it worked out really well."
Following up on their two showcases in Toronto on Oct. 17 and 18, the band is coming home to rehearse for an upcoming performance at Champions Bar and Grill on Nov. 28.
Last weekend, they travelled to Greenwood to perform on the same stage as ‘A call for Submission,' a band Whitenect said was in much of the same place as they were.
"I feel a kinship between us," he said. "They really believe in what they're doing, just as much as we believe in what we're doing. For as far as we've both struggled, there are good things happening for both of us."
460 Kustom was invited to perform with the band, and the local group is doing the same for their performance next month in Truro.
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