Speed Control is made up of brothers Graeme (vocalist and guitarist) and Jody Peters (bass and vocalist)

Speed Control is made up of brothers Graeme (vocalist and guitarist) and Jody Peters (bass and vocalist)

From Rags to Rawk

NVSS was host to a performance by high energy rock group Speed Control on Tuesday, January 21.

NVSS was host to a performance by high energy rock group Speed Control on Tuesday, January 21.

Speed Control is made up of brothers Graeme (vocalist and guitarist) and Jody Peters (bass and vocalist), and Ian March on drums.

They hail from the Yukon and were in Vanderhoof teaching students about the history of music.

“We call it from Rags to Rawk,” said Graeme Peters. “Sometimes we go back all the way to 1898 and we play some ragtime music but if there’s no piano we start at 1943 and we go through the decades and hit on some of the musicians that we think influenced rock and roll at the time.”

“We’re all classically and jazz trained musicians,” said Peters. “My brother and I were both elementary school music teachers and we thought why not do something for the schools then we can make a little money on the side and also get a lot of attention.”

Being a jazz drummer and then a rock guitarist and vocalist in the Yukon wasn’t lucrative enough until they found a way to combine their shows with gigs at schools. This way they can make enough money to tour and they can teach kids about music, something they believe is lacking in today’s curriculum.

They came up with the name Speed Control when they saw it on a street sign on their way to a gig and Graeme said he thought “we had just come up with the worst pun ever”.

But after the gig was over and they had declared themselves Speed Control, American musician Beck, or Beck Hansen, showed up and said he was doing a secret show and borrowed Graeme’s guitar. From then on the name had to be Speed Control.

“We also do rock and roll camps for kids in the summer,” said Peters. “It’s kind of like Jack Black’s School of Rock type of thing. I like seeing music in schools, there’s not a lot of funding for it in a lot of places so if we can play some music and get some kids excited about music then perfect.”