Gypsyland was formed in Nanaimo, BC in the early 90’s amidst the boom of the Seattle grunge scene. Brian and Luke had been playing in local cover bands on the circuit, and decided to get together to exchange song ideas. It wasn’t long before they had a full repertoire of original music, and began recording and performing.
Clayton Hill (currently playing with Trooper) joined the band shortly after Gypsyland had recorded their first EP. Clayton’s drumming style and personality was the missing cog in Gypsyland’s gears. They played their first show together at the famed Town Pump in Vancouver.
They proceeded to play shows throughout BC and Alberta, including shows as the warm up act for Wide Mouth Mason, Our Lady Peace, Moist, and Junkhouse. They were heavily involved in their local Nanaimo music scene, playing numerous local shows and festivals.
Their first EP, “Gypsyland”, won them a radio contest called “Rocktoria”, a yearly album compilation at the time sponsored by Q-100.3 FM, Victoria. They recorded 3 songs for the CD “Rocktoria VI” at Seacoast Sound in Victoria, BC. The songs “Aces for Hearts”, “I Won’t Crack” and “Fit to be Tied” enjoyed local FM radio airplay, as well as the Vancouver FM stations and south of the border to Seattle.
Soon after, they were offered a record deal and management from an independent label and studio in Seattle, but they chose to accept an offer from the producer of the Rocktoria albums. They spent the summer of 1995 recording the albums tracks, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the production was halted and the album was never fully completed.
After this setback, they all went their separate ways. Clayton joined Trooper in 2007, one of Canada’s most iconic rock bands, and still tours with them to this day. He has also been releasing his own solo records. Brian is still one of the top bass players on Vancouver Island, and continues to write, record and perform, being the bottom end on numerous indie albums. Luke continued to play gigs on the local circuit and write music. He played on a few album releases, both as guitarist and bassist.
In early 2014, Clayton made the phone call to get the band back into the studio to record the album they never finished.
The album “Gypsyland” was engineered and co-produced by Scott Young of Alchemy Sound in New Westminster and mastered by Brian “Big Bass” Gardner in Los Angeles. It contains tinges of early hard rock, psychedelia and grunge, and is often improvisational.