The Fernie band, Chungus. Lead singer is Hayley Ward, with Darren Ungaro on the guitar, Braydan Mynott on the drums, and Dale Wyatt on the bass. (Courtesy of Dale Wyatt)

The Fernie band, Chungus. Lead singer is Hayley Ward, with Darren Ungaro on the guitar, Braydan Mynott on the drums, and Dale Wyatt on the bass. (Courtesy of Dale Wyatt)

Fernie band Chungus releases new songs, concert upcoming

Chungus and Electric Blanket will be playing at The Central on Dec. 30

Lovers of local punk-metal rock music rejoice, new songs have been released by Fernie band Chungus who have a joint concert coming up in December.

Chungus and another Fernie band, Electric Blanket will be playing at The Central (301 2 Ave) on Dec. 30.

Chungus bassist, Dale Wyatt, said they can only promise a few of things about themselves and their shows.

“We will smell, we will be loud, and there will be a lot of energy in that room. I promise,” he said.

Chungus is relatively new on the local music scene, having formed during the COVID years.

They played their first concert at a ‘Battle of the Bands’ in Creston in June, and made it to the finals, with Wyatt recognized as ‘best bassist’ from the event.

“It’s definitely not cause I’m the most talented,” he said. “It’s just, our show is about energy, and … the crowd reacted, really saw what we had to offer.

“So, they rewarded me, and honoured us, and it was pretty amazing.”

But they didn’t just receive recognition at the event. They also made many contacts over the two days, including Ray Gareau from Ray’s Music Store in Kimberley, who Wyatt said is all over the Elk Valley music scene, including doing the sound for Wednesday socials in Fernie through the summer.

That contact has proven fruitful, with Chungus recording seven songs in Gareau’s studio, which were all released through October and can be found on popular streaming websites like Spotify and Apple Music.

Wyatt said they are excited to play with Electric Blanket (which includes the well-known local pro skier, Dylan Siggers).

“Our dream is, if even one person knows two words, it will be a heck of a time.”

He said the local music scene is incredible and vibrant, especially following the pandemic, and expressed a deep gratitude for the support they have experienced.

“At the end of the day, I just want to say, thank you to every single local that’s ever come out to a show, and anyone that supports anything.

“Because it’s incredible seeing (the music scene) in Fernie, there’s nothing like it I don’t think, for 5,000 people. Night after night.”

Tickets for the Dec. 30 show are going for $20 at the door and $15 in advance. To inquire about a purchase, contact dwyatt@skifernie.com.

READ MORE: Fernie musicians heading to Creston for ‘Battle of the Bands’


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