We’re happy to be playing with Advance Base (featuring Owen Ashworth, formerly of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone) at the end of November.
CFTPA had always been one of the arists that the two of us were really attached to and inspired by, and we were really sad to hear about him playing his final shows last fall, so this is double good news to us.
Sunday, November 27 @ Placebo Space, 1409 Bloor St west, apt a. Toronto. Doors 8:30PM, Music 9PM / $7 / All Ages / early show
Joie De Vivre has to be, in my opinion, the best band of the current Mid-West Emo revival. They’ve replicated all of the best aspects of the genre, jettison all those which existed as embryonic precursors to “screamo,” and have made worthwhile contributions to the genre. Where was this band eight years ago when the genre was catch between the rock of neo-goth and the hard place of pretty-boy-pines-for-girl acoustic schlock?
I’ve been pretty mum about my latest project — partly due to irrational superstition but mostly because I’ve been so busy— but the silence is over. Tomorrow night I will be directing the “evangelical telethon” marking the release of Friendly Rich and the Lollipop People’s new album, the Sacred Prune of Remembrance.
Instead of simply performing their usual immensely theatrical show to a live audience, in hopes that they will purchase his band’s latest album after the gig, the perennially irreverent Friendly come up with the concept of turning the performance into a evangelical revival, and then exhorting, soliciting, guilting and shaming the audience into handing over their money. Taking such a project live to the web seemed to be the best way of executing this in a manner that would best realize its full potential.
While this iteration has been germinating since February of this year, the seed of the project was planted six years ago. I worked closely with Rich on the Friendly Rich Show, an Internet show that pre-dated Youtube and even Flash video. This was a multi-camera, monthly show that was shot at the now derelict Heritage Theatre in Brampton. We shot five episodes but only managed to produce two complete episodes. With Rich finishing his masters and me headlong into the “enduro” round of my BA, and only the two of us working in my “studio” for two fourteen hour days each month, we simply couldn’t pump out finished shows quick enough. Taking into consideration the difficulties that we had in distributing and promoting the show in an Internet era where RSS was just starting to catch on and streaming 500meg Quicktime files were so massive and discouraged download, we eventually capitulated and shelved the remaining three episodes. In editing, we both agreed that live-to-tape was the best way of producing the show. However, at $5000 a day for a cheap two camera image magnification mobile production suite, this was not going to happen.
Progress six years later, and the wildest aspects of our shared technical vision can be achieved for practically nothing. The show will be going out live to viewers on friendlyrich.com, where they can also “make their pledges” via Paypal, it will be shot with inexpensive USB streaming DV cameras and switched live using Livstream’s Mogolus broadcasting platform, which runs on any wifi-enabled laptop that can handle Abode Flash quickly. This will be my first time going live to the web with such a set-up. I’ve directed hundreds of hours of live-to-air television, so I’m confident in my abilities as a technical director, but I’m worried that something technical and beyond my control will go horribly wrong. Regardless, this is the sort of challenge and learning experience that I’ve looking for.
The webcast starts at around 9:45pm EST tomorrow (July 31, 2010), and you can tune in and “make a pledge” by visiting www.friendlyrich.com.
My friend and one of my favourite songwriters of all time, Andy Hunter, endured the effects of bad sushi and performed a short set at Brampton’s Good Times cafe. Accompanying him on lead guitar was one of my favourite musicians of all time, Jason Doell. The two once played together in an early incarnation of the now defunct Toronto bossa-garage band the Vulcan Dub Squad and in another band lead by Andy named Paddington.
The promoters rightly dubbed the night “an evening with the elder statesmen” of the Brampton indie rock scene. Most everyone in attendance, save for a few youngins who accompanied the headliners as their lady friends, was part of the Brampton indie rock/punk/emo scene during its salad days of 2000-2005. We reconnected over cheap beer, old memories and new hopes, taking time to lament the steady decline of the local music scene and compare our theories as to why a once vibrant music community went off the rails so quickly. I think that it had something to do with a lack of venues that weren’t controlled by greedy careerists who only booked the same three headliners and the fact that many people gradually moved from the suburbs to the city.
There’s an anecdote from the hey day which observed at any area band worth its salt must begin by playing local dives and doomed ethnic cafes before they can graduate to playing (once well attended) all-ages shows. However, once having reached this point, if a band finds themselves once again playing dives and cafes, they need to pack it in. As much as it was great to feel nineteen again for those few hours, we elder statesmen must resign our ceremonial office with the hopes that a new scene will take form and create more bonds like the ones that link us.