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Deraps is a new Hard Rock band, with a classic late 70's style sound, composed of Jacob Deraps on lead guitar and lead vocals, Josh Gallagher on drums and background vocals, and current hired gun Thaddy Lavoie on bass. Jacob was born in St-Georges, Québec, Canada, and Josh was born in Perth, Australia. They met online through their Van Halen covers on YouTube, getting recognition for their ability to capture early Van Halen's sound and energy, and even got featured several times on The Official Van Halen News Desk. Jacob signed a record deal with Metalville Records and a publishing deal with Anthem Entertainment, publisher of the legendary band Rush, and the duo released their self produced debut album worldwide on vinyl, CD and digital platforms, on June 17th, 2022. The album received rave reviews by legendary media such as "Classic Rock Magazine (UK)", "Burrn! (Japan)", "Screamer Magazine (USA)", "The Van Halen News Desk (USA)", and many more... Deraps was voted "The Best New Band of 2022", by readers of "Burrn!" magazine (Japan), and their song "My Side of Town" was featured in "The Ultimate Playlist of 2022" by Classic Rock Magazine (UK). In January 2023, Deraps followed "Sword" on their Québec tour opening for them. In the summer of 2023, Deraps also opened for Tom Cochrane and Ann Wilson, at the prestigious Festival D'été de Québec, for legendary bands Loverboy and Foreigner, at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, and for Lee Aaron, at the Sound of Music Festival (Ontario). They also did their first UK/European tour, opening for Blue Oyster Cult at the Stonedead Festival (UK), and more... Jacob Deraps is a Gibson/Kramer USA, Germino Amplification USA, Celestion UK and Ernie Ball USA endorsee.

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JACOB DERAPS / GUITARIST / SINGER / SONGWRITER

Photo credit: GigsHQ

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JOSH GALLAGHER / DRUMMER / SINGER / SONGWRITER

Photo credit: Vince Mo Photo

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Official band logo created by Élizabeth Paré

LIVE REVIEWS

‘’DERAPS : PERFECT FOR A FESTIVAL.’’
- My Global Mine Magazine (UK) 2023

‘’DERAPS SET THE BAR WAY TOO HIGH FOR ANY
BAND TO FOLLOW THEM! DERAPS TRULY STOLE
THE SHOW ON THIS NIGHT... I WAS REALLY BLOWN
AWAY BY THEIR PERFORMANCE! THEY HAPPEN TO
BE THE HOTTEST NEW BAND TO COME OUT OF CANADA.’’
- SleazeRoxx (Canada) 2023

‘’A PHENOMENAL, STAND-OUT SET’’
- Metal Planet Music (UK) 2023

BURRN! MAGAZINE (JAPAN) READERS POLL: BRIGHTEST HOPE AWARD WINNER 2022 (BEST NEW BAND)

DERAPS SONG MY SIDE OF TOWN FEATURED IN THE ULTIMATE PLAYLIST OF 2022 BY CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE (UK)

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Robert M. Knight 2018

Photographer for the first Led Zeppelin world tour, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Slash, and many more...

''The first time I saw a video of Jacob Deraps my jaw dropped! He is one of the most natural players I have seen in a long time. He makes some of the most complex solos look effortless! I see Jacob as being one of the best young players out there that will for sure be around for a very long time.''

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Steve Lukather 2018

Guitarist for Toto and Ringo Starr, played on Michael Jackson's Thriller, and many others...

''These guys came to our soundcheck last year and we have them get up and play with us and they kicked ass. Great bunch of guys as well. Make sure to come check them out!''

TESTIMONIALS

ARTICLES AND ALBUM REVIEWS

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''Their 11-song, self-titled debut album is released worldwide today! And as you might expect, it's got a vibe and sound that channels early Van Halen and fits right into your '70s and'80s good-time rock n roll playlists...We at Van Halen News Desk are happy to spread the word about their new album, and VanHalenStore.com is even selling their album for a limited time! ... we're happy to support them upon the release of this great album.''

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''Are Deraps to Van Halen what Greta Van Fleet are to Led Zep? Quite Possibly. With such spot-on delivery, killer riffs and moreish choruses it's ferociously good fun. But Deraps isn't just a VH fest. The blues rock of Stevie Ray Vaughan can be heard in Live Fast, Die Slow, while funky bass lines, pop gloss and Metallica-come-GN'R beef pepper the rest of the record.''

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''This is the debut release from a young three-piece band based in Quebec, Canada... their musicality reminds us of Van Halen...simple sound but vital and pleasing.... One listen and you will be tempted to see them on stage. 88/100.''

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"Deraps rises and falls on their ability to capture that adrenaline to jugular exhale.  Their songs need to transport the listener into an alcohol and sweat fueled bender of near daybreak partying.  The song Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N Roll is a breathless rush, not to the mosh pit, but to the dance floor."

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"If you haven’t already done so, make sure you check out one of the best debut albums that has come out in the last decade."

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DWEEZIL AND FRANK ZAPPA FELLOWSHIP WINNER

In 2016, Jacob was nominated by Dweezil Zappa, to win the prestigious Dweezil and Frank Zappa Fellowship Award of the year. Jacob and Dweezil remained friends since then and performed many times together.