Band Bio's

Nathan Lauder

Drums, lead, and back-up vocals

Born: Toronto, Ontario

Nathan has played an original project with Durham based Indie band "Louden" eventually opening for Sloan. Nate also recorded two CD's with "Burning Squirrel". His latest project is with "Chat Noir". He is a well rounded drummer with diverse musical tastes ranging from Rockabilly, Indie Rock, Alternative and Hard Rock. His high energy style of drumming is an asset to the band.

 

Robert "Gustav" Mahler

Guitar, vocals

Born: Boston, U.S.A.

As an army brat and electric gypsy, Robert is a 35 year vet of the Toronto music scene and has played in over 30 bands to date. He studied music at RCM. A song writer with a cool CD coming out, he keeps a busy teaching schedule, but still loves to play.

 

Skip Viitala

Bass player

Born: Kivi, Ontario

A drummer turned bassist who has lost count how many bands he's been in after it surpassed double digits. He fell in love with the instrument during the Summer of '69 and he's never looked back. He's toured Canada, played on a few albums and is also active in the indie music scene. Though he loves all genres and decades, he will always have a soft spot for anything from the 80's.

 

John Michael Ray

Lead vocals, percussion

Born: Victoria, B.C.

John Michael spent 10 years in his late teens and 20's rubbing shoulders, working with, and learning from some of the best Canadian musicians in the business. As life sometimes happens, Michael stepped away from music to raise a family and concentrate on his career. After almost a 20 year layoff and many life changes, Michael started writing again in the summer of 2007. Since then, he has been in a few bands, most notably, 19 Dayz, Broken Silence, Sweet Apple Express and Dirty Bourbon, playing mostly around Durham Region. He has also recorded demo versions of over 80 original songs.

 

In Memorium

Doug Lauder

Our Front man, lead vocalist, and blues harmonica has passed

Born: Toronto, Ontario

Studied voice at the Conservatory of Music; Toronto. A dynamic and visual singer, had been in Tungsten since the inception of the band.

Sadly, Doug passed away this March. He had been the singer and fearless leader of Tungsten for over 40 years. Everyone that knew Doug, knew of his love of music and especially the love he had for the band. Though he was terminally ill, he continued to perform at every gig right up until his death. His positive attitude and zest for life was an inspiration to all. Doug wished that the band would continue on without him, and to that end, the Tungsten legacy will continue. Rest in Peace, Doug - we'll miss you.