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The Shoeflies – Loudmouth Jimmy (1997)

July 16, 2009
Shoeflies 1997
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Band: The Shoeflies
Music Release: Loudmouth Jimmy
Home: Chatham Kent and Area
Year: 1997

   In December 1996, The Shoeflies parted ways with bassist Chris Brownrigg over musical differences. In January 1997, The Shoeflies confined themselves to Citadel Recording Studio in Bothwell Ontario to record Loudmouth Jimmy. Guitarist Cory Dawe played bass on the recording, and the album was a collection of material written and performed since Three Chords and the Truth.

  In March 1997, The Shoeflies recruited former Janus guitarist Dan Surman to play bass.

On July 26, 1997, two days before The Shoeflies were scheduled to play a show at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, Dan Surman left the band to pursue a tech position on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

On July 13, 1998, Clark Allore decided to leave the band for personal reasons. At that point, The Shoeflies still had 12 more shows booked, so Clark fulfilled his obligation to the band by playing the remaining shows. Clark’s last show was on September 4, 1998 in Ridgetown, Ontario, and it marked a definitive end to a chapter in the band’s history.

After Clark Allore announced that he would be leaving the band, The Shoeflies started auditioning drummers in August 1998. The band eventually settled upon Chris Rayner.

In January 1999, The Shoeflies parted ways with bassist George Anstey. George’s replacement came in the form of Carrie Young. This would mark the only time there was a female member of the band. It is unclear if Carrie’s involvement was meant to be of a permanent nature, but she only stayed for a short period of time as she was no longer with the band by August 1999. This marked the fourth time in their history that The Shoeflies were in search of a new bass player.

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The Shoeflies (1994)

July 16, 2009
Shoeflies 1996
Shoeflies 1996


Band: The Shoeflies
Music Release: Three Chords and the Truth
Home: Chatham and area.
Style: Christian Music
Year: 1994

  During the summer of 1994, The Shoeflies returned to Mud Creek studios to work with producer Greg Sabitz to record their first full-length album, Three Chords And The Truth. While Richard DeJonge played keyboards and Cory Dawe played electric and acoustic guitars on the recording, session musicians were brought in for the bass and drums. Of note, Richard’s brother David DeJonge (who was playing in the Toronto indie-band Janus at the time) made his debut with the Shoeflies on this project adding vocal harmonies. The album was much more serious than the 12-song recording 2 years prior, and had more of a Christian rock influence. This influence lead to an opening of a door into the Ontario Christian Rock scene, where the band became a household name for many years, and garnering radio airplay on Christian radio stations in Ontario, as well as other parts of the country.

   Shortly after the break-up of Janus in March 1995, David DeJonge (vocals/guitars) officially joined The Shoeflies. The addition of David to The Shoeflies had an immeasurable impact on the band as he brought strong songwriting and performance skills, a second lead vocalist role, plus adding vocal harmonies. The Shoeflies, now a trio, played a series of summer events culminating with the annual Rhubarb Festival in Sheddon, Ontario.

   The Shoeflies in 1996.With a desire to move into a more band-oriented direction, The Shoeflies relocated to Toronto, Ontario and added former Janus drummer Clark Allore and bass player Chris Brownrigg in January 1996. This band line-up played a series of shows throughout Ontario during the balance of 1996. The shows at this time were a mix of bar gigs, as well as Christian shows. Since The Shoeflies’ brand of Christian Rock music is much more subtle than mainstream Christian Rock acts, they were able to play in both music scenes without having to vastly change their song selection in their live shows. But while the band enjoyed various degrees of success as a cross-over act, there were rare moments of criticism from the Christian audience for “not being Christian enough” (the name “Jesus” only appears in one song in their entire catalog), or in one instance, they were told that they “can’t serve two masters”, perhaps suggesting The Shoeflies were hypocritical for engaging in both music scenes.
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