Posts Tagged ‘rock’

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Ray Whaling 2014 CD Release

March 18, 2014

Artist: Ray Whaling
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Release: Honeybee Sessions
Year: 2014
Genre: Blues/Rock

Performers:
Ray Whaling – Vocals, guitars, harmonicas, percussion, keys
Andy Martin – Bass
Joel Laprise – Drums
Mark Tremblay – Keys
Jennifer Brace – Backing vocals
Kassya Kevany – Backing vocals

Notes: With over 25 years experience, there aren’t many songs Ray Whaling can’t play. No gimmicks, no cheat sheets, no music stands. If you’re looking for a one man jukebox for your next party or special event then Ray Whaling is your man. With an extensive repertoire of originals and an endless list of cover songs Ray will take your party up a notch.

Tracks:
01. Candy Rocker, 02. Strawberry Alice, 03. Little Angel, 04. Rock n Roll Station, 05. Rust, 06. Stardust, 07. Garden of Sun, 08. Summer Girl, 09. The Game, 10. Give Ya Something

Ray Whaling Discography
1994 – The Whaling Band – 3 Pieces
1999 – Ray Whaling – Party Train
2005 – That Whaling Band – Grateful
2008 – That Whaling Band – Live – Jacks Gallery
2014 – Ray Whaling – Honeybee Sessions

Links:
Download or preview this release on ITUNES here.
Ray Whaling online here.

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Van Loz 2013

January 6, 2014

Band: Van Loz
Home: Blenheim
Year: 2013
Formed: 2012 (Summer)
Genre: Rock/Folk (Acoustic)

Members:
Josh Hinch – Bass/Twelve String Guitar/Lead Vocals
Eric Dedrick - Percussion/Folk Strings/Backing Vocals
Kyle Dewdeny – Guitar/Baking Vocals

Internet song releases
01. Piece
02. Tonight (Feeling Kinda Bitter)
03. Life as We Know It.

Links:
* Facebook. www.facebook.com/Vanlozofficial
* Reverbnation.

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Twang Bastards Band 2014

January 5, 2014

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Band: Twang Bastards
Year: 2014
Genre: Country & Rock Cover Band
Home: Chatham/Wallaceburg/Sarnia

Members:
Jeff Black - Bass & Vocals (Wallaceburg)
Tony Bandoni - Guitar (Sarnia)
Shawn Tasker - Drums (Chatham)

Covers include A.Jackson, ZZ Top, Conway Twitty, Cars, Allman Brothers, Brad Paisley, CCR, Black Sabbath, Dio, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Keith Urban, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Merle Haggard, Tom Petty, Waylon Jennings, Poison & many more.

Visit their website here.

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Gracie Mae Chatham Band 2014

January 5, 2014

Band: Gracie Mae
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Rock (originals)
Year: 2014
Year Formed: 2013.

Members:
Aaron Barry - Vocals, Guitar
Ryan Caron - Drums
Tanner Havens – Bass

Notes:
* In Dec. 2013, they released Harbour and Ship. A top notch batch of demos.
* As their previous band (Anu Beginning) called it a day, Tanner & Aaron started this new band with Ryan Caron (also the drummer for Stephanie McIlroy).

Links:
* Twitter.
* Tumblr.
* Bandcamp.
* Youtube.

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Time Is A Hymn 2013

December 22, 2013
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Matt, Joe, Kyle, & Frank.

Band: Time Is A Hymn
Year: 2013
Year formed: 2011
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada
Genre: Rock

Members:
Matt Sullivan – vocals, guitar
Frank E. Fitz - vocals, guitar
Kyle Piva – bass
Joe Carson - Drums, Percussion

Notes:
The band has suffered a few incarnations since 2011 but the same vibe and style remains. They have been releasing demo songs over the last few years. Frank also performs with the grave misunderstanding & Joe drums for the party cover band Face 4 Radio.

Internet released demos:
* kill the Weak
* G.E.M
* the new conspiracy
* The Universe Stands Still
* Unseen
* Not This Time
* Carelessly

Links:
* Soundcloud.com.
* Reverbnation.com.
* Twitter.com.

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Time EP Release 2009

November 13, 2013

Band: Time
Release: Time E.P.
Year: 2009
Genre: Rock
Formed: 2006

Local connection: Pat Wilken & Ryan Watson are from Erieau. The band was Windsor based until moving to Toronto in 2010.
Time later changed their name to TimeGiant.

Tracks:
1. White Window
2. Candy From A Feather
3. The Pressure
4. Counter Clockwise

Links:
Official Website here.
Itunes link for this EP here.
CBC link here.

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TimeGiant A Night To Remember 2013

November 6, 2013

Band: TimeGiant
Release: A Night To Remember
Year: 2013
Formed: 2006
Home: Chatham-Kent/Other
Genre: 70′s guitar Rock

Chatham-Kent Connection: Two members are from Erieau & Blenheim, the other two are from Ottawa & Hamilton.

Notes: The album is their third release & involves producers Greig Nori (Treble Charger, Sum 41, Marianas Trench) and Jon Drew (Alexisonfire, Arkells, Matt Mays).
The band is always on the road performing all over south western Ontario. Check em out.

Members:
Tyrone Buccione – lead guitar, vocals
Charlie McKittrick – drums, backing vocals
Ryan Watson – rhythm guitars (Erieau)
Pat Wilken - bass (Erieau)

Tracks:
1. I am the fire
2. We forgot the reason
3. Been here before
4. Candy from a feather
5. Blind
6. White window
7. Hard lovin’ woman

Links:
* This album on Itunes.
* Webpage.
* Youtube.
* Twitter.

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Exotic Pets band 2012

August 27, 2012

Band: Exotic Pets
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Genre: Indie Rock, originals
Year: 2012
Contact: N/A

Notes: The band performed their first show as part of indie fest Aug 24 2012 @ the River Rock along side The Eric Welton Band & By Divine Right. Jason, Todd & Dennis were all members of Square Root Of Margaret, the longest running original indie underground band from Chatham.

Exotic Pets are:
Jason McFadden (vocals, guitars)
Todd Clarke (drums, percussion, electronic devices)
Dennis Reissner (bass guitar),
Steve Wiseman (guitars, vocals).

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Diesel band from Blenheim 2012

May 12, 2012

Band: Diesel
Genre: Rock
Home: Blenheim (Chatham-Kent)
Year: 2012
Formed: 2011

Members:
Myles Lenover - Guitar, Lead vocals
Josh Hinch – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Dano DeMaeyer - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Cody Barber - Percussion

Songs: Let’s Go, Good-Bye, Room 52, & Girl.

Notes: A new young rock band that is quickly developing.
Style: Nickelback, Theory Of A Deadman.

Diesel music links:
Myspace.com: http://www.myspace.com/diesel-official
Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/dieselofficial

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The Long Lots 2012

February 7, 2012

Band: The Long Lots
Release: In the Valleys of Our Hearts (EP)
Genre: Rock (Dirty Blues)
Year: 2012
Home Town: Chatham Ontario Canada
Formed: Summer of 2007

Members:
Jay Amerlinck – Vocals & guitar
Gary Jongbloed – Guitars
Jeff O’Rourke – Bass
Jay O’Rourke – Drums

Tracks:
1.
ear to the ground
2. dirty blues
3. contract
4. raise the sun
5. dead & gone

Notes: Recorded by Ben Strokosz October 2010.

Links:
Download CD @ Itunes here.
Home page here.
Preview or buy the CD online here.
Myspace page here.
Reverbnation page here.
Dirty Blues performed live here.

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Time Giant 2011

January 30, 2012

Artist: Time Giant
Release: Grow
Year: 2011
Formed: 2006 (Windsor)
Genre: Rock
Chatham-Kent Connection: Pat & Ryan are from Erieau.

Members:
Tyrone Buccione
– lead guitar, lead vocal, sax
Patrick Wilken – bass
Ryan Watson – rhythm guitar
Charlie McKittrick – drums and backing vocals

Tracks:
01.
Zenith
02. Buyer’s Remorse
03. Let It Grow
04. Temple In the Sky
05. Manifestation
06. After the Battle At Mt. Megiddo
07. Lobotomy

Notes:
* Changed their name from Time to TimeGiant in February 2011.
* Ryan and Pat were both part of a band in Blenheim during high school called Bad Karma. Ryan went on to play with Red Rose Portrait, and Pat went to play with Rock Candy.
* TIMEGIANT is a Windsor born Toronto-based rock n’ roll band with experience, grit, and raw intensity. After touring the nation on multiple occasions.

Discography:
Time – Self Titled EP
TimeGiant – Grow

Links:
Itunes. (Download/preview CD)
Myspace.
You Tube Zenith (Track from CD)

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Suds 2011

December 12, 2011

Band: S.U.D.S.
AKA: shed union district standards
Year: 2011
Genre: Celtic Rock and Roll
Home: Chatham
Formed: 2009
website: http://www.myspace.com/sudsband
Type: Originals & Covers together

Members
Danny Wright – Guitar, lead Vocals
Darryl Twigg – Guitar, Vocals
Goody – Bass guitar,vocals
Skinny – Drums,vocals

Notes: This band can often be seen performing at the Elephant’s Nest and they really bring the party.
Danny also performs in ‘Go Man Go‘, a new metal project who just released a demo this year.

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Sal Piamonte 2011 CD

October 17, 2011

Band: Sal Piamonte
Release: Lives in Devil City
Year: 2011
Genre: Rock
Website: here.
Download from Itunes: here.
YouTube page: here.

Chatham Connection: Former Chatham resident now living in the Ottawa area.

Band
Sal Piamonte – Vox, guitar
Eric Disero (who also mixed and mastered the album)
Dan Stadnicki (Serial Joe, Liam Titcomb)
Mike Goyette (Artificial Joy Club, Save Ferris)
Dan Joseph

Notes: Breaking into the American market with songs “Humble Heart,” and “Moments They Pass,” from his 2008 “Rogue EP” release, Sal then proceeded to write, record, and self-produce 2010’s “Free Money LP,” which not only demonstrated Sal’s versatility as a world-class songwriter and producer, but got him signed to a worldwide publishing deal with 2850 Music (Lionel Ritchie, GroupLove, John Waite, etc) in Santa Monica, California in the process.

Tracks
01 Big Sleazy
02 Take Me Home
03 Devil Woman
04 Get Up, Get Up
05 Just a Little Bit
06 Tonight
07 Shining Star
08 Nasty Girl
09 Whatcha Say
10 High Road
11 Go All Night
12 Big Sleazy Outro
13 Take Me Home (Radio Edit)
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Skeleton Crew 1991

July 26, 2011

Band: Skeleton Crew
Year: 1991
Genre: Rock Cover Band
Home:  Chatham Ontario

Notes: Part of the Aberdeen scene in its good ‘ol days. They were some of the nicest guys on the scene also.

Members:
Dave Brooks – Vocals
Mick McDowell – Guitar
Tommy Myers – Drums
Murray Metcalfe – Bass

Do you have pics & info? Email us
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com
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Observatory 2011 CD

June 26, 2011

Band: Observatory
Release: Secrets of Memory Man
Genre: Alternative Indie Rock
Year: 2011
Email Contact: matt@itacomputer.com
Free CDdownload  (while it lasts): Download CD.

Members: Not listed

Tracks:
01 Silver Veins
02 Mr Grey
03 Astral Grenades
04 Clayton
05 A Windmill Made of Iron
06 Curious Flyer
07 It’s Textbook
08 Downer’s Grove
09 Cobra Commander
10 Sams hotel
11 Love and Money
12 Last Shine
13 Happy Exo Skeleton Days

Watch the Video CD preview below.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Email us your pics & info to:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Daybreak CD Wallaceburg Band

May 18, 2011

Band: Daybreak
Release: When Heaven and Hell Collide
Year: 2011
Genre: Rock
Home: Wallaceburg

Members:
Eric Badder – Lead Guitar/Back vox
Chris Driessens – Bass Guitar/Back vox
Todd Elliott – Drums/Percussion
Danny Owens – Vocals/Rhythm guitar

Preview and buy the CD online here.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/daybreak3

Visit them online @ http://www.myspace.com/wearedaybreak

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All Against I 2011

April 29, 2011

Band: All Against I
Home: Chatham, Ontario
Genre: Rock/Metal
Year: 2011

Members:
Jason Summerfield – Vocals, Guitar
Jason Andersen – Bass
Ki Larsen – Drums

Notes: All Against I is a newly formed Rock/Metal band. Ki & Jason were previously in the band ‘Nerve’ for many years.

Contact them through their facebook group All Against I.

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LITTLE SISTER Band 1991

October 11, 2010

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Band: LITTLE SISTER
Circa: 1990-1991
Home: Chatham
Genre: Rock

Note: A fan favourite in Chatham that played live and recorded original material during 1990-1991.
The video footage of this young band is from Bothwell Ontario May 11, 1991.
  Around 1997, Shawn formed the experimental metal band “Whatever“, who released a Cd followed by a few tours across Canada, performing originals & covers.. Rod went on to record with Fletcher Munson who recorded a few Cd’s in the early 2000′s, followed by a few popular cover bands through out the following years. Nick found a home in the country music scene.

Members:
Nick Olmsted - Vocals
Shawn Meriano - Guitars
Bill Tight – Bass
Rod Reynolds – Drums

Visit them online here.
 
Watch the live video for the song ‘The Jokes On You’ below.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Email your pics & info to: chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com 

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Circus Wreck Band in 2010

July 17, 2010

Band: Circus Wreck
Year: 2010
Formed: 2009
Home: Chatham-Kent
Genre: Rock cover band

Members:
Jamie Michaud
– Lead Vocals/Guitar
Jay Bateman – Drums/Vocals
Mark Gander – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Steve Tremblay – Lead Guitar/Vocals

Notes: Circus Wreck was formed in the summer of 2009 with members from local bands “Comaphoric”,”Fletcher Munson”,”Monkey Unit?” and “Buster Hymen”.The bands music is described as “The edgier side of mainstream radio rock”. Circus Wreck recreates music from some of rock and rolls greatest bands ranging from legends Led Zeppelin to some of todays hottest bands like Nickleback, Buck Cherry and Thousand Foot Crutch.

Contact Circus Wreck through their “circus Wreck” facebook group.
Check out Jay’s music online here.
Check out Jamie’s music online here.
Check out Steve’s music music online here.

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King Friday Band 2010

July 16, 2010

Band: King Friday
Year: 2010
Home: Chatham-Kent, Essex
Genre: Modern & Classic Rock.

Musicians:
Leo Roy  – Bass
Francis Mailloux – Drums
Mike (Lippo) LaPlante  – Guitars
Dan Taylor  – Vocals, Guitar

The bands set lists include Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Audioslave, Metallica, Weezer, Nirvana, Green Day, Kid Rock, ZZ Top, Black Crowes, James Brown, System of a Down, Creed, Alice Cooper, Barenaked Ladies, R&B Standards, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Foo Fighters, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and much more.

This is a very good band to see if you get the chance.

Visit them online here.

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The History of Revolution Band

May 14, 2010

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Band: The History of Revolution
Genre: Rock
Home: Chatham Ontario

Members:
 Matt Sullivan - Vocals/guitars
Myles Homeniuk – Bass
Matt Raitt – Drums

The band has been busy writing music. They released a bunch of tracks online including Careless, Deify, A witness to misery, The center of a star, The rain, & Another bloody sacrifice.

Notes: The History of Revolution seeks to provide a sound unlike any other local band from the area. Stemming from a range of musical influences, the sound is reminiscent of Pink Floyd meets moderate rock for an easy groove, and a hard lesson in the school of Rock.
Matt S’s previous band was ‘White Lights Over London’.

Visit them online here and here.

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Colours Complete Recordings 2008

May 12, 2010

Band: Colours
Album: Love Heals: The Complete Recordings
Year: 2008
Genre: Rock
Home: California
Label: Now Sounds

Chatham-Kent Connection: Jack Dalton (Guitarist/song writer) was raised in Erieau, moved around the U.S.A. and now resides in Detroit.
 The Dalton family is well known in Erieau, as Mr. Dalton was known for years as Detroit’s Irish Tenor. The whole family are very musical and have entertained there neighbours with playing, singing and dancing. Jack was a member of the Dalton Boys, with his brothers Wally & Dan. The trio was booked to open Randy Sparks’ new club, Ledbetter’s, in October of 1963. 
Brother Dan Dalton also had a great time in the music scene as a member of the Back Porch Majority, playing banjo and 12-string guitar.

Discography
1968
- Self Titled
1969 – Atmosphere
2008 – Love Heals: The Complete Recordings

Colours launched onto the scene in 1968 with a stunningly glorious psychedelic masterpiece of L.A studio wizardry. A super group before the name was coined, Colours was the brainchild of Gary Montgomery & Jack Dalton, two hard-working, former Motown songwriters who also penned songs for The Turtles, Nino & April and The Moon. This magical mystery tour-de-force of psychedelic Beatlesque pop also features the talents of Derek & The Dominos bassist Carl Radle.

This first-ever CD issue of their long-out-of-print albums (Colours and Atmosphere) is supplemented by long-lost 67 Dalton & Montgomery recordings cut just months before they formed Colours. 1969′s Atmosphere features former Beach Boy David Marks around the same time he was a member of The Moon another band with many connections to Colours.

The 16-page colour booklet also includes rare, unpublished photos and comprehensive liner notes that feature the participation of original band members. Now Sounds, the new imprint from Cherry Red, was established by Steve Stanley, producer of over 50 Rev – Ola titles.

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Notes: Colours also had members from Derek & The Dominos and The Beach Boys in the band. Signed to Dot on the basis of their sitar-and-bagpipe-hued novelty 45, Brother Lou’s Love Colony. Cooked up, at times, under the all too discernable influence of the Fab Four, Colours is unashamedly Pepper-esque in its use of lavish arrangements recorded in no-expense- spared fashion with the 36-piece LA Philharmonic. By contrast, Atmosphere is a darker, less generic and more subdued recording. Love Heals also includes Dalton & Montgomery’s White Whale 45 and three previously unreleased demos which pre-date Colours’ mid-1967 formation. (Source)

Bonus Tracks:
Bonus Tracks (Dalton & Montgomery)

Tomorrow’s Women
All At Once

Right Or Wrong
She Just Wanted Kisses
She’ll Be The One

Buy the CD online here or here.
Visit Jack Dalton online here.

Anyone with pics or info, please email:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com
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The Colours 1968 album

May 11, 2010

Band: The Colours
Release: The Colours
Year: 1968

Chatham-Kent Connection: Jack Dalton was raised in Erieau. Jack Dalton started playing music with his four brothers, The Dalton Brothers, when he was six years old. They performed the “banquet circuit” with their father, Walter Dalton (aka Michigan’s Irish Tenor), who also had his own radio show. “The Colours” were a West-Coast Psychedelic Pop act that came together in 1967 at the request of songwriters, “Jack Dalton” and “Gary Montgomery”, two hard-working, former Motown Records songwriters who also penned songs for “The Turtles”, “Nino & April” and “The Moon”.

Jack’s Background: When Jack was 17 years old, he and two of his brothers, Wally and Dan, formed a folk group called The Dalton Boys, which became successful performing at concerts and playing nightclubs such as Philadelphia’s Latin Quarter, New Orleans’ Playboy Club, and New York’s Bitter End. They were the first group to record ”San Francisco Bay Blues” on Decca Records. The Dalton Boys soon appeared on several national TV shows such as ABC’s Hootenanny, The Mike Douglas Show, and Mike Wallace’s PM East.?? 

After The Dalton Boys retired, Jack collaborated with a new writing partner, Gary Montgomery, and they signed with Motown Records, recording original songs, continuing with the name The Dalton Boys. Jack and Gary moved to the West Coast and became staff writers for White Whale Records, Robbins Fiest and Miller, and wrote for The Turtles, The Outsiders, Spiral Starecase, and April and Nino.

Jack and Gary then formed a rock group, Colours, and  had radio airplay with a single called “Love Heals”  b/w Bad Day at Blackrock Baby on Dot Records. After the group disbanded, Jack returned to Detroit and started a jingle company with Jeff Parsons. The Road Company quickly became the largest jingle company in Detroit, with Jack writing, arranging, playing, and singing on most of the commercials.

In 1980 Jack returned to his ”first love,” performing. He joined Doug Jacobs’  Red Garter Band and played 250 one-nighters annually. Jack continues to make his living in Detroit, singing and playing guitar ?and banjo in Detroit-based bands as well as being booked by Detroit agents as a solo performance act.

Click video below to preview album.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Visit Jack Dalton online here.

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Smoke House has bands

May 3, 2010

Downtown King Street

Venue: Smoke House
Type: Live music on weekends.
City: Chatham Ontario
Location: 216 King Street West. (Downtown)
Phone: 519-352-8882

Musical acts that you will find at the Smoke House are:
Superfly, Tim Tyler Duo, Bluetonium, Bill Durst , Ray Whaling Duo, Chris Murphy, Sam Hurrie Duo, That Whaling Band, Tom Lockwood Band, Da Blooze Bros, Carole Allison Trio, Electric Soul, Chuck Fitzgerald, etc.

This venue closed in early 2011.

Visit the Smoke House website here.

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Retro

April 25, 2010

Band: Retro
Year: 2003
Genre: Classic Rock Cover Band
Home: Chatham Ontario

Members:
Charlene Roy
– Vocals
Bill Jackson – Drums
Bob McIntyre – Guitar
Deb McIntyre – Guitar

Notes: Bill, Bob & Deb have been playing together for almost seven years. Charlene has operated her Dj’ing business (The Singing DJ) for many years.

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The Undecided 1966

April 25, 2010

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Band: The Undecided
Year: 1966
Home: Chatham Ontario
What: High School  Aged Band
Song selections: The Monkeys, Yard Birds etc.

Members:
Tony
, Paul, Rene and Glenn Cutforth.

Link & info found here.

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Objective Unknown 2010

April 6, 2010

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Band: Objective Unknown
Home: Wallaceburg Ontario
Genre: Rock
Style: Original music
Year: 2010

Members:
Cole Mills
– Rhythm guitar/keys/vocals
Dane Appleton – Lead guitar/lead vocals
Daryn Trainor – Bass/lead vocals
Hudson Cattoor – Drums.

The band had a recent line up change with drummers. They have posted a batch on new songs online that include: This is me, Away again, I think I like it, and Eventually.

Visit them online here.

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Twisted Alliance 2010

April 6, 2010

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Band: Twisted Alliance
Home: Tilbury Ontario
Genre: Rock
Year: 2010
Formed: Summer 2007

Members:
Keith Heuston
(18) – Guitar/Vocals
Kyle Richie (16) – Bass Guitar
Austin Beaudry (15) – Drums/Backing Vocals

  Twisted Alliance was formed over the summer of ’07 by former guitar player/vocalist Trevor and Drummer/vocalist Austin. After adding a few members (and losing them) they finally came up with a solid line up.
  Twisted Alliance has shared the stage with great bands such as Gob, The Johnstones, Ashes of Soma and many more. They continue to write new songs and prepare for shows in the Chatham Kent / Windsor music scene.

Listen to Twisted Alliance online here and here.

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The Band FORCLOSURE

April 2, 2010

Band: FORCLOSURE
Genre: Rock
Year: 2010
Home: Wallaceburg (Chatham-Kent)
Formed: Summer of 2009

Members:
Craig Laur – L. vocals, rhythm guitar
Travis Laur – B. vocals, lead guitar
Travis Bernard – Drums
Shane Bernard – Bass guitar
Adam Routley – Keyboards

Visit them online at ‘myspace.com’ here:

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South West Dirt in 2007

March 20, 2010


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Band: Southwest Dirt
Home: Chatham-Kent
Year: 2007
Genre: Rock

Members:
Mike Copley
– vocals
Alex Polowick  (Aug) – guitar (Blenheim)
Gavin Dawson – bass
Simon Coleman – drums

Former Members:
Nate Spicer – lead guitarist (2002 to 2006)

  The group formed in the spring of 2002 as a soulful solid rock band called Southwest Dirt. They started off covering the likes of ZZ TOP, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and other great acts.
  From 2002-2006 they played heavily at bars, parties, Stag & Does, and other events. During those first four years, Nate Spicer was the lead guitarist for the band. 
  In 2007, the band began to shift to writing and playing original music. It began when Mike (Vocals) entered the studio in 2007 to record an original entitled “Simple Times”. The song was played often on the Rock95.1FM Indie Show. The song was recorded with the help of Bob Hiltz (Bass), Jason Guttridge (Drums), and  Aug (guitar).

Visit them online here

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Ground Zero 1983

March 11, 2010

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Band: Ground Zero
Circa: 1983-84
Style: Popular music of the times
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members:
(From left to right)

Mark Tremblay – Keyboards
Tom Lockwood – Guitar
Diane Sasso – vocals
John Mcmahon – Drums
Marc Haslip – Bass, Vocals

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OHara Brothers Band 2010

March 10, 2010

Band: O’Hara Brothers Band (The)
Year: 2010
Hometown: Chatham Ontario
Style: Rock, Adult

Members:
Toby O’Hara – Vocals, Bass
Jeff ‘Mifflin – guitars, saxophone, B. vox
Clancy O’Hara – Piano, organ, guitar, B.vox
Rod Beaudry – drums, supporting vocals, percussion

Notes: The band released their first CD in 2003 entitled “Small Town Metaphors”. Although all the members have a rich history with various bands before this, it is worth noting that the band really rolled in this direction from its roots as “the Flaming O’Hara’s”. In 1993, the Flaming O’Hara’s released a CD that included Clancy & Toby.
 The group played Jersey’s many times during 2009 along with shows in other cities.

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The Golden Eagles 2009

March 8, 2010

Band: The Golden Eagles
Release: The Gold Album
Year: 2009
Formed: Early 2008
Home: Windsor/ Chatham-Kent

Members:
Jamie Reaume – Vocals and guitar.
Neil Tupling – Bass (ex-Lost Souls Division)
Geoff Yunker – drums.

 Notes: Some of you may know singer songwriter Jamie Reaume from his previous band Foreign Film Star, or saw him play a solo acoustic show  in Chatham or Windsor. He used to often play at the Elephant’s Nest and other venues while growing up in Chatham.
 Jamie is currently living in the Windsor area and his new band involves musicians from there as well.
   This is a great indie CD worth checking out. Their first single “Cell Phone” is a great indication of jamie improving consistently with his song writing and song structures. This track alone shows signs of a band who gets it and has worked hard to drop tracks that simply rock without trying to over play, be too artsy, or too safe.

Track Listing
01 Cell Phone
02 See You Coming
03 Bird Of Prey
04 Go
05 Surfing At The Circus
06 Don’t Wanna Know
07 Twenty Something
08 Dr Shark’s Leather Couch
09 The Duke

The Gold Album was recorded from November 2008 to March 2009 at Sharktank Studios in Windsor, Ontario and was engineered, mixed and mastered by Mark Plancke. The album features guest appearances from Sara Hines as Sally, Mark Plancke as Dr. Shark and Jose Ramirez as El Diablo.

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Eye in Me 2005

February 11, 2010

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Band: Eye in me
Release: Space Invaders and private Investigators
Year: 2005
Genre: Punk Rock
Home: Wallaceburg

Members:
Matt Glover – Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Richardson – Vocals, Bass
Kurt Dickson – Drums

Tracks:
Subculture demons, Shut it out, Life like that, Signals of distress, lonely projections, Preach, The problem, Sunday morning mulligans, State of the scene, Bar song, Space invaders and private investigators, blindfolded.

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Nexus 1969

December 11, 2009

Band: Nexus
Year: 1969
Style: local original rock music and covers

Note: Popular local band of the time.

Members:
Mark Tremblay – Organ
Byron Stoehr – Bass
Raymond Violot – Vocals, Harmonica
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Lockwood – Gibson Guitar

    Nexus is a very young band who writes their own music and performs songs by other artists including Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jeff Beck, Hendrix, and more.
    The band chose not to write your typical popular commercial radio music, they enjoyed experimenting and creating jam sessions.
 Nexus did some original recording in a Toronto studio.

The members would go on to become some of the most highly respected and talented musicians from Chatham.
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The Jubilaires Form

December 7, 2009

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Band: The Jubilaires
Year: 1956
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Country
Formed: 1956

Members (L-R)
Lionel Richie – Drums
Oscar Demers – Rhythm guitar
Roland Lozon – Fiddle
Oscar Benoit – Lead guitar.

Circa: 1956 – 1961

  The Jubilaires have a long history that lasted through many decades.

 The original line-up was an instrumental group that put on their own dances in order to perform live.
They rented an old hall, which was originally for hay storage on the second floor of a horse stable in Pain Court, next to the Dover Hotel. Posters were made, a bouncer was hired and a refreshment booth was set up. When the “Bunny Hop” was played, the floor would bounce and it was concern for the band that the crowd would go through the floor. Lots of dust would fly up at each hop. There were no chairs and tables, just a board along the side walls.

  For the very first dance, the boys cleaned the hall on Wednesday, decorated it on Thursday, played it on Friday night, and cleaned it up on Saturday. They took the profit of $18 and split it 6 ways. These go getters put on a dance every Friday from June 30th to November 30, 1956. 
 
Sam Lozon did join the band as the singer and guitarist circa 1957 and decided to retire from music.

 During performances, the band would usually spot two female singers. Doreen Lecuyer and Louella Demers (Oscar’s sister)

In 1960, The Myers Brothers joined the band resulting in a name change toMyers Brothers and the Jubilaires (The)”.  After that long run, they became known as the Jubilaires II, followed by a brief and final line-up called “Front Page News”.

By: S Beaulieu and R. Lozon

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Rockstock 2008

December 5, 2009

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Event: Rockstock
Place: Chatham Airport
City: Chatham Ontario Canada
Date: Saturday August 16th 2008

 “We’re shutting down the airport to bring you the biggest concert that Chatham Kent has ever seen!
Presented on over one million square feet of land, with a one and a half acre beer tent, 10+ big name bands, and a massive licenced drinking area for all you beer monsters.
Don’t miss the biggest party this summer!”

 2008 was the inaugural concert, with headliners such as Finger Eleven, Sloan, The Trews and Thornley. Around 6,000 people attended this event.

Line Up Main Stage
• 1:45-2:15 – Miclordz (main stage)
• 2:45-3:15 – The Peace Leeches (main) (local band)
• 3:45-4:15 – Flatlined (main)
• 4:45-5:15 – Rides Again (main)
• 5:45-6:30 – Thornley (main)
• 7-7:45 – The Trews (main)
• 8:15-9 – Sloan (main)
• 9:30-10:30 – Finger Eleven (main)

Line Up Side Stage
• 1:10-1:35 – Silvercade (side stage)
• 2:15-2:40 – Finding Core (side) (Local Band)
• 3:15-3:40 – Dead End Charlie (side) (Local Band)
• 4:15-4:40 – Punish Them (side)
• 5:15-5:40 – Kid Gib (side)
• 6:30-6:55 – Bury The Bully (side)
• 7:45-8:10 – Mean Tangerine (side)
• 9-9:30 – Citizen Erased (side)

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Ben Srokosz – Fourth CD

November 2, 2009
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Artists: Ben Srokosz
Release: the grass is greener
Home: Chatham-Kent
Year: 2000

  Who would have known that after three full length albums Ben would still be a solo artist.  Partly due to fizzled out band attempts and a lack of patience, Ben brings us his 4th release, an EP entitled “the grass is greener.”  It is a play on his move to BC.
  The EP features 7 new songs, a cover of “Listen” by Eric’s Trip, and 2 unreleased songs by Ben’s short lived band, Touch Green.
  There you have it, “the grass is greener.”  Be it in someone else’s life or home, or province, or country all Ben could do was write some songs to tell his friends how hard it was to leave, how much he missed them, and how he hoped to return.

Tracks:
01  take a look back
02  the picnic joke
03  ai
04  listen (Eric’s Trip)
05  5 years old
06  the world is waiting
07  its how the story goes
08  name to a face
09  catch the drift
10  everything you want is out of here

Visit online http://www.spurofthemoment.ca

 

 

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Nexus Band 1970

October 30, 2009
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Band: Nexus
Year: 1970
Style: local original rock music
Note: Popular local band of the time.

Members:
Mark Tremblay – Organ
Byron Stoehr – Bass
Raymond Violot – Vocals, Harmonica
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Lockwood – Gibson Guitar

Article: Jan.31st 1970, By Doug Waite, CDN.

  There’s a musical group in our town, which, if dedication and perseverance is any indication, will eventually make it to the top.
   The Quintet comprised of Mark Tremblay – Organ, Byron Stoehr – Bass, Raymond Violot – Vocals, Harmonica, Rick Chrysler – Drums, Tom Lockwood – Gibson Guitar call themselves Nexus. This name of Latin origin means “bond and unity”.
  And bond and unity is just what these young fellows have displayed in their endeavor to create a sound that will give Nexus an individuality instantly recognized as all their own.
  They played at the Thames Theatre Laugh-In last Saturday night and judging by the number of people – young people in particular – who crowded into the art gallery to dance and listen to the style they are in the process of perfecting, is “going well”.
  On January 31 The Nexus are producing their own concert and dance at the Thames Theatre. Three bands will be featured in the production. Besides The Nexus, the New Set will be there from London and another Chatham based group. Refugee will perform in addition to the concert, a dance will be held simultaneously in the art gallery for those who like to dance. According to the members of The Nexus the event will be the best of its kind ever held in the area.
    The Nexus have an unusual history and many people would like to know why the group took steps to separate themselves from the outside world. In explanation it is interesting to know that the boys, about seven months ago, moved to the wide open spaces near Erieau and secured a big house where they could practice to their heart’s content without complaint from any unsympathetic public.
  Actually, explained a spokesman for the group, the band had been together about 18 months. Most of that time was marked by doing other people’s songs with other people’s arrangements.
  The spokesman said the band never had the time to develop anything substantial on their own because of commitments to school, jobs, and inadequate rehearsal facilities.
  “Finally” he said, “in spite of these obstacles we arrived at a point where we either had to take the necessary steps to develop our own music or settle for another run-of-the-mill rock group”.
  With this in mind four of the five members of the band severed practically all connections with “normal” school, work and social life in Chatham and moved to the house near Erieau. The other member, who was unable to come because of commitments at home, joins his confreres whenever possible.
  There, with almost unlimited rehearsal time, they were finally able to concentrate on the music they wanted to produce. This explained the spokesman, involves more time than at first appears.
  “To develop a band that is really distinctive,” he elaborated, “the members must not only be talented musically, they must be able to work together, sacrifice their own egos for the overall sound and have the insight to recognize the strength and weaknesses of the other members of the band and be able to compensate for them.”
  While arrangements are, of course, part of the music the Nexus play, improvisation is the thing. That’s the most important part of their music.
  The ability to create music and communicate emotions with ideas invented on the spur of the moment is a valuable gift and to all intents and purposes, the Nexus have made more than moderate success
  Everything is not peaches and cream however, and to play music such as theirs the Nexus must have the perseverance to be able to accept the setbacks and criticisms that are part of the progress pattern.
  The idea is not peculiar, but, according to the youthful spokesman, “No band in this area and very few in Canada have tried to carry the idea of musical improvisation and arranging to the extent we have.”
  It is to their credit they have been able to go through many changes and still remain original membership.

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AIRTIGHT (1974)

October 28, 2009
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Band: AIRTIGHT
Year: 1974
Home: Chatham Ontario
Style: Rock

Members (L-R)
Mark Tremblay – Keyboards
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Lockwood – Guitar
Larry Patterson – Vocals
Peter Rihbany – Bass

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Face 4 Radio (2009)

July 27, 2009

Band: Face 4 Radio
Year: 2009
Type: Cover Band
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada

Line-Up
Mat Drew- Vocals/Percussion
Jesse-Dylan Verleye- Bass/B.Vox
Dave Richie- Guitar/B.Vox
Mark Levitzky- Lead Guitar
Chuck Young- Drums/Samples

Description:
   Face 4 Radio is southwestern Ontario’s newest party band. Specializing in playing what YOU want to hear, this band also knows how to get in on the fun being had on the dance floor and throughout the club. Face 4 Radio has a wide variety of material to select from and is prepared for any gig: bars, dance clubs, festivals, corporate functions, etc. The band consists of members from some of Chatham-Kent’s favourite bands: The Janet Theory, Foster Child, Dead Girls Union, Finding Core and Sound of Static.

Contact through facebook.

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Social Code – S.T. Release (2007)

July 19, 2009

Band: Social Code
Release Title: Social Code
Date: 2007
Style: Rock
Home: Alberta
Chatham Connection: Travis Nesbitt (vocals) was born and raised in Chatham Ontario Canada.

Tracks
 1. He Said, She Said
 2. Bomb Hands  
 3. Everyday (Late November)
 4. Shortest Line, The
 5. Forever Always Ends
 6. Don’t Tell Me
 7. 10 Seconds To Go
 8. Frayed
 9. Without You
 10. Best You Never Had, The
 11. Forever Always Ends (Acoustic Bonus Track)

 Notes:
   This is the sophomore self-titled release through Universal Canada that spawned major radioplay for songs such as Bomb Hands, Everyday (Late November) and He Said, She Said.  That latter song earned Social Code nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Outstanding Rock Recording of the Year, and continues to get frequent spins on the country’s modern rock radio stations.

   After sharing the stage with bands such as Fall Out Boy, The Used, Good Charlotte, Ten Second Epic and Alexisonfire, Canadian punk-rockers drop their new highly-anticipated album

 It’s more Social Code than anything we’ve ever done, asserts Nesbitt, who also designed the record’s artwork. This album is Social Code. The album, which was mixed by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan) and Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Hinder), netted Social Code a deal with Universal Music, which will release it on May 8. And as for all the people who told them they couldn’t do it, all the inner turmoil and all the moments of lost direction? They’re all lessons that have made Social Code, stronger, better and wiser.

Social Code Discography:
1999 Binbox – as Fifth Season
2001 Patiently Waiting – as Fifth Season
2004 A Year at the Movies
2007 Social-Code

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Social Code – A Year at the Movies (2004)

July 18, 2009

Band: Social Code
Release: A Year at the Movies
Date: 2004
Style: Rock
Home: Alberta
Chatham Connection: Travis Nesbitt (vocals) was born and raised in Chatham Ontario Canada.

Members
Travis Nesbitt — vocals (Chatham)
Logan Jacobs — bass
Dave Resse – guitar
Ben Shillabeer — drums

Tracks
1. Beautiful
 2. Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)  
 3. Gone Away
 4. Cats And Dogs
 5. Miss You
 6. Perfect Grave
 7. Everything Fine
 8. As Good As It Gets
 9. Flurry
 10. I Was Wrong
 11. Waiting
 12. No One To Save

Bio
   Formed in 1999 by high-school friends Travis Nesbitt (vocals) and Logan Jacobs (bass), the Canadian alternative rock act Social Code initially operated under the name Fifth Season. The group issued Patiently Waiting in 2001 before changing to its present name, the bandmembers realizing that they shared their original moniker with a popular group overseas.
   After a development deal with Columbia Records fell through, the band wound up ultimately inking a deal with Interscope in late 2003. Social Code released their proper debut album, A Year at the Movies, in May 2004, and the following fall was spent on the road, where the group played shows alongside Bif Naked, Good Charlotte, and the guys from MTV’s Jackass. The album went on to sell over 20,000 copies in Canada alone, though besides some attention for the song “Beautiful,” the band remained largely unknown in the United States.
   Several lineup changes occurred over the years; after guitarist David Hesse exited the band during the mid-2000s, Chris Ruddy (formerly of Drive by Punch) joined the existing lineup of Nesbitt, Jacobs, and drummer Ben Shillabeer. Ruddy was later replaced by guitarist Morgan “Macchio” Gies, and the revised group built a studio in the basement of bassist Jacobs’ house before setting to work on a follow-up album. Released solely in Canada in May 2007, the self-titled Social Code heightened the band’s profile when its lead single, “Bomb Hands,” received heavy video rotation from MuchMusic. Also helping things was a string of early 2008 tour dates alongside likeminded bands Hedley and Sum 41. Again, though, Social Code’s U.S. presence was minor; they hoped to change things with the release of their U.S debut, the self-released EP He Said She Said, in late October 2008. ~ Corey Apar, All Music Guide.

            

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Davis Block – Ska Punk Band (2008)

May 20, 2009

Artist: Davis Block
Formed: 2007
Style: Ska Punk Band
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada

Band:
Kelly Myre – Bass
Alex Hill – Drums and Vocals
Chris Wilkins – Guitar and Vocals
Sir Charles WJ Pickard III Esquire – Guitar

    Davis Block can be heard on the Legionnaires Disease Compilation CD put out in 2008. The band is fun to watch live as Alex steals the show with his quick & witty comments.
    Good fun. Old school punk rock played by young punk rockers.


Listen here:
http://www.myspace.com/davisblockpunkrock
or
http://www.reverbnation.com/davisblock

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Demo Kid – Home Demos (2007)

May 19, 2009

Artist: Demo Kid
Release: Home Demos Volume 1
Date: 2007
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members:
Shawn B – All instruments, vocals

Notes:

* All music performed, written, arranged, produced & recorded by Shawn B.
* Jesse V. is also a contributor & writer to ideas and helps out doing vocals on some tracks.
* This is a collection of home demos/ first draft versions of songs written for fun. They are here in their most raw form, captured as ideas.
* Demo Kid previously wrote and played guitar for Foster Child, The Janet Theory and Dead Girls Union.

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Read a review of the album online here.

Tracks
1. The last day of summer
2. To die for
3. Never let you go
4. With someone else now
5. Another stupid love song
6. Best Friend
7.
 Guardian Angel
8. Drunk and Happy
9. Will you forgive me in the end
10. The things you didn’t know
11. Bad habits are hard to break
12. Dance like you mean it
13. Kid in the corner
14. Goth girl tragedy
15. Kiss and tell (Rumors)
16. Role model zero
17. Would you still love me if?
18. Never saw it coming
19. Keep your pants on
20. I want to be used by you
21. Our little secret
22. I don’t want to be like you
23. Told you so
24. Mom and pop stores (Free MP3 Download)

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That Whaling Band – Grateful (2005)

May 18, 2009

Artist: That Whaling Band
Release: Grateful
Year: 2005

Ray Whaling – Vocals & Guitar
Andy Martin – Bass
Joel Laprise – Drums

   Whaling is the best 70’s inspired guitar jam band in general. A man with a true passion for his craft and is all about the music. I got to see him perform before I was of age since my Dad joined the band on bass for a while.  They rehearsed at my house. The music is solid & the passion is real, and to top it all off, they are down to earth guys.
   Not to cut the other members short, Ray has been blessed to play with the best in the business locally. Whaling is a great band that is worth a listen.

Ashley Coulter & Sarah Hiltz – Vocals on #4
Bob Hiltz – Bass on #6
Scott Galloway – Keys
Len Temelini – Sax

Tracks
1. Blue Chile 2. Funky Tune 3. Guitar Song 4. Run For The Road 5. Rusty Rosy 6. Eyre Space 7. Give It Away 8. Saved My Life 9. Tell Her 10. Twilight Nest

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Listen to them here : http://www.myspace.com/thatwhalingband

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Orinj – Sky’s On Fire (2005)

May 17, 2009
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Artist: Orinj
Release: Sky’s On Fire
Date: 2005 era
Home: Chatham

Tracks: 1. Well Yeah 2. Downside 3. Sound Of Silence 4. Safeguard

Andrew Tompsett – Vocals
Jonathan Van Wyk – Guitars
Kelly Myre – Bass
Jarrod Lucier – Drums

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