GBR is founded by Montreal guitarist, Ivan Westley, who started off the project as a solo blues artist when he moved to Toronto in 2011. After two years of playing solo gigs around town, and on the road, releasing a Self Titled EP cd on Northern Assembly Recordings in 2014, he was accompanied on stage as a two piece with Nate Finucci (ex-The Nursery/The Savilles),on drums.
Ivan & Nate’s shows together has taken on a live ‘In Your Face’ approach due to their chemistry together. And The Goatbox Rebels was getting recognition as a live act not to be missed in the Toronto area.
The music has taken a different vibe and headed in a heavier rock direction influenced by 1970’s/’80’s rock & metal.