One Minute Shy

One Minute Shy (Metal) - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

One Minute Shy started as two brothers from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Craig Laffin and Scott Laffin created a project band named after one of their instrumental compositions, to show their original music as they wrote and recorded it. Not wanting to always be an instrumental band though, they kept their eye out for a vocalist and in May of 2016 they found him in powerhouse vocalist Leo Flint. They also brought on board their long time friend and previous band member, Dwayne Benoit, to play rhythm guitar. How the guys discovered Leo is a really cool story. Fate came knocking on One Minute Shy's door when Craig and Leo seemingly met at random at the gym one day and started up a conversation about guitar and music. This conversation quickly revealed that One Minute Shy was looking for a vocalist and Leo was a vocalist looking for a band. From the very first meeting and jam together, they realized that Leo was a great fit and who One Minute Shy were looking for.

Over the summer of 2016, the guys set out to record some songs and in September of the same year, they released their first three song EP called Steal The Pain. It was well received and this motivated the band to write and record their first full length album and for the next year and a half they worked hard week after week putting it all together. Everything involved with the whole process from writing, recording, and producing, to artwork and promotion, to the final release of the album in January 2018, it was done by One Minute Shy themselves. One Minute Shy's self-titled debut album has been well received and played all over the world and has also received numerous rave reviews. This motivated One Minute Shy to start rehearsing for live shows so they could bring their music to more people. Performing live is what One Minute Shy love to do so they set out looking for a 5th member to play bass. They wanted a full time member for recording and for live shows, and they found him in Sam Davies.

Sam grew up in the same area as Scott and Craig when they were in high school, and he was in another metal band back then called Bloodshot. The brothers always thought Sam was a great bass player and had great stage presence and thought it would be cool to find someone like that to play bass. Then Craig remembered that he had heard Sam was living in the same area of Southern Ontario as them and the light bulb went off. Not really knowing him that well, Craig reached out to him over Facebook to see how he was doing in life, if he still played music, and if he would be interested in coming out for an audition.

After Sam finally remembered who Craig was, he said he hadn't been playing much but music was something that he was missing in his life. He came out to meet the brothers and they jammed on some tunes and again it was another great fit. Sam accepted the full time bass position shortly after and has been a valued member since. After the release of the album in January 2018, One Minute Shy spent the next six months rehearsing, and then at the end of July of that year, Leo unfortunately left the band for personal reasons and to pursue other interests. So One Minute Shy were now left without a front man and the live shows had to be delayed until they could find a replacement.

For the next couple of months they held a few auditions and met some great local musicians, but they weren’t quite the right fit. Discussing this, Scott and Craig both had the thought that maybe their previous vocalist, Josh Cornelius, would be interested in joining again. 15 years before One Minute Shy came about, Scott, Craig, and Dwayne were in another band with Josh who sang and played guitar. That band ended for various reasons and the guys moved on to other things for a while. They kept in touch with Josh here and there over the years on social media but their relationship had largely grown distant. So Craig once again reached out on Facebook with a very similar message to Josh as he did to Sam. Luckily, Josh was interested in coming out to try some vocals and when he came to the first rehearsal, it felt like no time had passed. He once again fit very well with the guys and he officially joined shortly after, bringing with him his signature growl and powerful vocals.

At the onset of 2019, One Minute Shy, who how have a complete line up again, are forging ahead strongly with rehearsals for live shows and writing new music for upcoming releases. The best description of One Minute Shy's music is a throwback to classic thrash metal with their own modern twist on it! \m/

Upcoming Shows:
More shows coming soon.

"One Minute Shy" Album Review
The opener "Deception" starts right in with the force of 1,000 tornadoes. The top notch riffs and driving vocals immediately bring to mind Iron Maiden and their tenacity. It's a tremendous opener and helps set a high octane tone. "All Out War" cranks things up a few notches and is a tad heavier than the opener. It'll for sure get the live crowd moshing along. The guitar solo on the track is out of this world as well. "Broken" is six and a half minutes of a trek through the wilderness of the One Minute Shy gauntlet of sound. The twists and turns are impressive and the track really keeps things fresh through its runtime. "The Threat" has a bit of Thrash to it. The riffs churn along at breakneck speed and induces some serious headbanging. "Forever In Black" brings the Metallica vibes to the forefront. The track drives along like a runaway freight train and blasts on all cylinders. "Cast A Shadow" keeps things going at a steady pace. The track continues the audio onslaught and doesn't hold anything back. "Destiny Dies" builds with its instrumentation and blasts things into the stratosphere before the vocals even kick in. It's a track that'll be a fan favorite in no time with its riffs, vocals and chant along to chorus. The title track "One Minute Shy" is next and lets loose. The track barrels ahead with a force akin to Queensrÿche and their force of Metal. The next tracks are all remastered past tracks and start off with "Cruel And Unusual". The track takes a bit to get going but once it erupts, it stays on the track that the band is known for. The high tempo Metal that's easy to sing along to and rock out to is on full display. "The Morning After" is a near seven minute long track that brings to mind the earlier track "Broken". It has so many layers and such depth that multiple listens are in order right away after it ends. The closer "Steal The Pain" wraps things up nicely. The track perfectly showcases the overall talent of the band and puts a nice melodic, Metallic bow on things.

One Minute Shy aim to blast the doors off the Metal scene with their newest album.