Second Pass is a Canadian heavy rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Band members are: Veronica McNamee (vocals), Steve Pass (guitar), Andrew Buntain (bass) and Kevin Costa (drums).
The band formed prior to 2008, with Steve and Andrew sharing a long-time appreciation for heavy music. Veronica joined the group in February of 2013, with her vocal talent breathing new life into the band’s performances and songwriting. Kevin joined in the summer of 2015, bringing a powerful drumming attack to the band’s sound.
In the summer of 2013, the band released its first EP “Fragments”. Tracks from the “Fragments” record received FM radio play in Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Honduras and Spain, to name a few countries. In December 2013, the band was nominated for “Best International Artist” and the song ‘Biting My Tongue’ was nominated for “Best Song by an International Band or Solo Artist” at the Stereo97 Music Awards in Bolivia. A video for ‘Biting My Tongue’ was filmed on location in Bolivia, and is viewable on YouTube. This was followed by 2014’s EP release “The Damned Poet”.
In July 2014, Second Pass appeared at five US and Canadian tour stops on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, headlined by Avenged Sevenfold and Korn. Mayhem was considered to be North America’s largest heavy metal touring festival, having attracted more than 1.7 million fans since its inception in 2008. The band was invited back in July 2015 to perform at Mayhem’s Toronto show, with Slayer as the headliner.
The band’s third record, “Ephemerality”, was released in December 2015, after which the band travelled state-side to perform at the Northern Invasion Festival in Wisconsin, and followed that up with an appearance at the Rocklahoma festival in Oklahoma.
Second Pass has performed on stages all over Southern Ontario, opening for artists such as 3Teeth, Lee Aaron, Art of Anarchy, Sebastian Bach, Black Pussy, John Corabi, The Fell, Green Jelly, Jackyl, LA Guns, London Quireboys, Lynch Mob, Misfits, Carole Pope, Puddle of Mudd, Slaughter, Stryper, Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Texas Hippie Coalition, Vixen, Wednesday 13 and Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts. Second Pass has also performed at certain local festivals including Music City North, Indie Week and Rocking Inside Out.
The band’s fourth EP “Smiling Deadly” was officially released on March 17th, 2018. The video for the title track “Smiling Deadly” was filmed in Toronto and released in February of 2018, in anticipation of the record release. Click here to view on YouTube. The EP has since received strong accolades and worldwide digital exposure. The band plans to perform throughout the summer of 2018 and beyond in support of the new record.