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The Laws – Estimated Time Of Revival (2000)

July 23, 2009

 

Artists: The Laws (John and Michelle Law)
Release: Estimated Time Of Revival
Year: 2000
Connection: John Law was born in Chatham Ontario.

John Law – vocals, guitar, mandolin
Michele Law – vocals, bass
Note: The Laws first CD, Estimated Time of Revival is a stripped down acoustic collection of original songs. ETR was on the top rotation with the Galaxie satellite network and djs across the country.

Tracks:
1 Hobo Trail  
2 Estimated Time Of Revival 
3 Waiting Out The Storm  
4 Willow And The Dove
5 Trail Of Diamonds
6 Stayin’ Up Late  
7 Stone, Glass & Wood  
8 One Track Mind  
9 Believe Our Love  
10 Dust Off Our Dreams  

   For his part, Chatham, Ontario-born John had a lifelong interest in music, but his exposure to it as a child was limited. His father had a Roger Miller greatest hits album, and a Johnny Cash album, and that was all. But John learned every nuance of both records, and he became infatuated with the guitar after being inspired by his sixth grade teacher, who often entertained the class with Bob Dylan tunes played on “a big ol’ electric Gretsch guitar,” according to John. “That did it for me; that hooked me. I just wanted to play guitar after that.”

   John honed his instrumental skills over the next few years, a turning point coming when he was injured in a motorcycle accident at age 16. “That’s when I really got into guitar and started putting bands together because I couldn’t do much else. I just played in rock ‘n’ roll bands, ’70s rock ‘n’ roll style stuff. Neil Young was a big influence and I always played harmonica and guitar at parties, with friends. But the band was mostly rock ‘n’ roll.” Songwriting, he adds, was an afterthought: “There’s a couple of guys who did write original stuff, but I was always the guitar player or thinking of a bridge or something, a new direction–not really getting credit for writing bridges, but I didn’t know you could! I was always the guitar picker to put on a little sweetener to their songs. That was about it.”

   John then moved to Toronto to play the street and eventually put together a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover band that toured throughout Canada for seven years. During that time he was also getting into American roots music through recordings by Doc Watson and Tony Rice, among others.

   When John and Michele got together they moved across Canada to British Columbia where John started playing guitar and mandolin with roots country songwriter, Joe Charron.

   “John and I decided together that music was such a big part of his life that I wanted to be part of that too,” Michele explains. “We had a five-year plan, and he taught me to play guitar, how to play bass–we’d have friends over to jam and it was all guitar players. So I said, ‘Maybe you should teach me how to play bass.’ Then I found out that I’m the third chick bass player in my family. Isn’t that freaky?”

   On the side, for kicks, he and Michele and a couple of their musician friends put together a casual bluegrass ensemble known as One Track Mind and cut a homemade CD, Beyond the Kitchen Table. More to the point, he had taught Michele the fundamentals of the bass, and a plan began to take shape.

   Michele had barely begun to learn her instrument when she filled in onstage for the Joe Charron Band’s absent bassist, at which point she also began providing harmony vocals. It was a trial by fire, but Michele proved to be a real trouper. “I got pushed into it,” she says, “but John plays at such a high level that I had to really step up to the plate.”

   “We had some great opportunities in British Columbia while we were there,” Michele notes. “With this trio we were opening for some great acts, and people just kept encouraging the two of us to do our own writing. We had something special on stage. We didn’t know; we were both shy and having fun working with someone else as the front man. But we certainly listened. One day we got up and wrote two songs and just kind of got the bug. And the first time you do your own music on stage and people actually clap and like it, you realize, Yeah, this isn’t bad at all. This could be fun.”

   John and Michele continued to write and began performing as a duo throughout British Columbia. Their recording career began with their debut, Estimated Time of Revival, recorded at Randy Bachman’s studio, in 2000.
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   Husband and wife singer songwriters, The Laws, exploded onto the Canadian music scene in 2000 with the release of their first independent CD, Estimated Time of Revival, recorded at Randy Bachman’s Salt Spring Island, British Columbia studio.  They were featured in major newspapers across the country (Calgary Herald, National Post, Ottawa Citizen) in support of their first cross-Canada tour.  It was during this first ‘cross Canada tour that they were spotted by an Australia booking agent who booked them on the spot! They’ve since completed 3 highly successful tours in that country, including main stage at National, Tamworth, Port Fairy and Fairbridge Folk Festivals and appearances on Australia national television.

   John and Michele were invited to play all of the prominent festivals in Canada (Edmonton, Winnipeg, StanFest) and toured extensively through their home country, including a 17-date Ontario theatre tour opening for Randy Bachman’s “Every Song Tells a Story” tour (supporting their 2nd CD, Two, also recorded at Randy’s studio).  The Laws first foray into the United States in 2003 took them to the South West Folk Alliance Conference in Austin, TX, where they were immediately booked by every presenter in attendance! In Texas they went from opening act to headline attraction in 2 short years and were invited to perform main stage at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival 2004, 2005 and 2007 and Wild Flower Festival in Dallas in 2005 and 2007.

   In 2007 The Laws were the first Canadians to win the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in North Carolina, with their song, Am I Still the One. Noted Nashville music critic and Nashville Star judge, Robert Oermann, had this to say about The Laws in Music Row Magazine: “Am I Still the One is a languid, swaying, romantic melody that recalls The Everly Brothers in their prime. Yes, the harmonies really are that good.”

   John and Michele have received further recognition for their songwriting and are now writing for Nashville-based publishing company, SWITR, Inc. The owners of the company were so impressed by their songs that they signed them on the spot and have included them as “Rising Stars” in their new PBS series “Legends and Lyrics”, alongside such songwriting greats as Kris Kristofferson, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin and Jimmy Webb!

   Great picking and harmony singing, beautifully crafted and presented lyrics, heartbreaking stories of love and loss, John & Michele’s songs cross the boundaries of country, folk, pop, bluegrass and blues and are at home performing at folk, country or bluegrass venues.  Their CDs have been on high rotation throughout North America on folk and Americana stations and they’ve been in the top 10 on playlists around the world!

   While it can be tough to be a traveling musician, The Laws have found a recipe for success that keeps them healthy and happy. They do their own cooking when they’re on tour, and have developed their favorite recipes into a cookbook which has, in turn, led to bookings at major food and wine events, TV appearances and feature articles for their special mix of food and music.

 

 
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Brian Allossery – Everybody All Together (2008)

July 21, 2009

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Artist
: Brian Allossery
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario
Resides: Toronto
Band: Brian Allossery and “The Lazy Poets”
Release Title: Title: Everybody All Together
Year: 2008
Style: Pop: Power Pop

Tracks:
Everybody All Together, Crystal Ball, Understanding, Work of Art, Beautiful You, I Know What I Like, Movie Star , Criticize, Down With Love, She’s My Girl, Little House

Notes:   A country boy who lives for music, moves to the big city to be a part of it all. Listen to the CD “Everybody All Together” and experience the desires and conflicts, denials and fulfillments, as he pursues the dreams that inspired his generation and countless others: freedom, love, adventure and security.

   Canadian (rock, pop, jazz) musician Brian Allossery blends genres, as he collaborates with a collective of talented Canadian musicians known as “The Lazy Poets”, including Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo), Ray Coburn (Honeymoon Suite, Alannah Miles), Peter Nunn (Gowan) and Creighton Doane (Melanie Doane.)

   “Crystal Ball” is the new single from the CD “Everybody All Together”, which has received coast-to-coast Canadian airplay on CBC radio and commercial stations. It’s currently being played on radio around the world (Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Turkey, Germany, the UK, Spain and Belarus).

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Listen and/or buy the CD here: http://cdbaby.com/lazypoets
Brian online: http://www.thelazypoets.com

 Chatham Music Archive, Ontario Canada.

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Fifth Season – Patiently Waiting CD (2001)

July 20, 2009
N.K.A. Social Code
N.K.A. Social Code

Band: Fifth Season
Release Title: Patiently Waiting
Date: 2001
Style: Rock
Home: Alberta
Chatham Connection: Travis Nesbitt (vocals) was born and raised in Chatham Ontario Canada.

Tracks
1. Trebleface 
2. Monday Morning 
3. Patiently Waiting 
4. Losing Ground 
5. Everything’s Fine 
6. Yesterday’s Ocean 
7. Covered Eyes 
8. She 
9. The Static 
10. You and Me 
11. Neverland 
12. Choked 
13. A Cold Road 
14. Funkapuss 

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Notes:
   Initially formed in 1999 by high school friends Travis Nesbitt (vocals) and Logan Jacobs (bass), Canadian alternative rock act Social Code was originally called Fifth Season. The LP Patiently Waiting was released in 2001, and the group later changed names to their present alias upon finding their original moniker to be popular already with a group overseas.

    Inking a deal with Interscope in late 2003, the band released their debut album as Social Code, A Year at the Movies, in May 2004. Dates that fall were spent on the road in Canada headlining shows with Bif Naked and the guys from television’s Jackass. A few lineup changes occurred over the years; after guitarist David Hesse left the band in the mid-2000s, Chris Ruddy (ex-Drive by Punch) soon joined on to complete Nesbitt, Jacobs, and drummer Ben Shillabeer. Ruddy was later replaced by Morgan Gies on guitar. Social Code also opened for Good Charlotte on select Canadian dates during their 2005 tour. ~ Corey Apar, All Music Guide

   From their penetrating lead track “Trebleface” to the melodic single “Everything’s Fine” (suburban life at its finest), to the anthemic splendour of “You And Me”, Fifth Season play with power and precision. Their songs attack all senses, from the visceral rock to the seemingly disturbing lyrics. Accomplished songwriters and musicians at the age of 21, the Edmonton-based band are the newest buzz band in Canada and the U.S. after playing NewMusicWest in Vancouver in May/01 and NXNE in Toronto in June/01. Fifth Season was chosen as the “Unsigned Pick of NXNE” by Karen Bliss, freelance rock writer, in Pollstar

   The teenage rock musicians grew up in the cosy suburbs of St. Albert. They have the full support of their parents. One of the fathers is the band’s manager. Another dad got them all part-time jobs.

   It helps that the 19-year-old vocalist is a natural and charismatic frontman. Backed by the raw intensity of his bandmates – guitarist Rob Schellenberg, bassist Logan Jacobs and drummer Andrew Patrick – Nesbitt has the makings of a world-class rock singer. His voice has power and an expressive quality heard in singers such as the Watchmen’s Daniel Greaves. Nesbitt did it without training or experience of any kind. He says his only stage time prior to joining the band was in drama class, or as the class clown (where his intended audience wasn’t always so receptive).

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 – 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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Salmonblaster (1996)

July 18, 2009
Salmonblaster
Salmonblaster

Band: Salmonblaster
CD Release: Salmonblaster
Year: 1996
Home: London Ontario
Chatham Connection: Bass player Mat Davis is from Wallaceburg and played guitar for the biggest metal/ thrash band to come from Chatham  (M.A.D. / The Mad)1988-1993.

Members:
Matt Worm – vocals, guitar, fx
Mat Davis – bass, guitar
Brady Parr – drums, backing vocals

Notes:
   Formed in early `94, this intense and adventurous three-piece from London, Ontario recently inked a deal with indie label Liquid Records. Its self-titled debut features 14 songs of dramatic, borderline, schizophrenic stylings from punk sentimentalist rock songs, 80s new wave, trance-like dirges and even experimental noise. “When you dream about being in a band, you dream about being in this band,” wrote ID Magazine.

     The band also played on the ‘Tom Green Show’ before it got picked up by MTV.
     In 1997, The Janet Theory invited the band down to play the CAW Hall in Chatham with them and a few other local bands. This was the biggest underground indie show to hit Chatham’s vibrant scene that year.

   The song ‘Freeway’ took the band to a level most bands would like to sit at. The guys gained  heavy rotation and support from Much Music,  and mainly college radio. Around this time, Nirvana was on top of the music scene which allowed bands of this genre a chance to get in the door.
Discography
self-titled CD and cassette (1995)
Vroom!!! 7-inch (1995)

Tracks
Betrayal, Blast Off, Brian Jones, Drive It, Floating Eyes, Freeway, Justafish, Pulse, Shooting Stars, Skyrockets, Sugar Rush, The Perfect Fit, Transistors and Turbines, Visionblur


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Cassandra Vasik – Different (2000)

July 18, 2009

Artist: Cassandra Vasik
Also known as Cassandra Leigh
Release : Different
Release Year: 2000 
Genre: Country / Pop
Home : Blenheim Ontario Canada

  Cassandra Vasik is a Canadian country singer/songwriter from Blenheim, Ontario. Signed to Epic Records between 1990 and 2000, she released three studio albums for the label. In that same time span, she charted eleven singles on the Canadian country charts.

Tracks:
1.Dirty Water
2.Good Enough
3.Diggin’ the Hole
4.Sanctuary
5.Happy
6.I Remember You
7.Anything You Want
8.Going Back Home
9.The Well
10.Different
11.You Make It Go
12.If I Don’t Fit In

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