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24 Hour Church O Beer

24-HOUR Church of Beer is currently a power trio, consisting of Rev. Tim (bass, lead vocals, most words), Mutha Superior G (guitar, vocals), and Brother Lazarus (drums, vocals). While the power trio format has intrisic geometrical strength, the Church digs divine collaborative shows and sessions. DJ PJ, DJ Hash, Lari, The Reverend Forrest Jackson, keyboard genius Sean Lehay, Hurricane Betty, and The White Trash Gospel Choir have all helped with the Church's good works in recent times.

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Growing from the dark woods of a secluded island in Canada's stunning Georgia Strait, 24-HOUR Church of Beer evolved slowly, somewhat like mushrooms, or a lager yeast. In the 90's the band had two full drum kit players, including the current Brother Lazarus, and the long lost MC Jamie E (who knows if he's still alive?), former GOB bassist Jamie Fawkes, and trumpeteer Caleb Johnson. When Fawkes left to join GOB, Rev Tim put down the electric bouzouki in favor of the bass. Former guitarists included Colin (Captain Q) Kent, Paddy O'Rourke (father of DJ Cedar), and Guillaume Bickford. In 1996 the band recorded its first basment effort, the garage effort "...mmMediciney", which included such favorites as "Prozac", "Bastard", "Sefistikaded Inof" and "Schools' Out". Working with Lex Milton, (formerly of Nanaimo's Amoral Minority), the Church went on to recorded its next uberindie project "Bottle Drive" in 1998. Working in a huge condemned building with no heat in December, in a constant mushroom-and-beer haze, the project wasn't completed untill late in the following year. In 2001, a third session with Milton at his newer What If? Studios basement digs was fraught with technical difficulties, disputes and outright shouting matches, and spelt the beginning of the end of the lineup. Bickford dissapeared deep into the techno DJ woods. The tensions were far from over. When Mutha Superior G jioned up in 2003, things were looking up. Gigs were happing, but a series of knee injuries sustained by the Reverend began to frustrate Captain Q. At a show in Seattle (the CD release party for WAD's Clean Livin'), the two nearly came to blows, surprising the locals who had heard all about the bands laid-back pot smokin' ways. Q's priorities bagan to shift, and after some time had passed, the rest of the Church began to settle into a productive period of gigging, writing, and rehearsing. Now a power trio, the COB got a great opportunity to record at Studio V in Seattle, with the Rev's brother Lari at the board. The resulting CD was "The Incredible Impoliteness of Being...", and resulted in the Church signing with Vagrant Records in October 2006.

Acoustic Love
soul shine

Allen Dobb Bottomland

Released: 2002
Label: Skipping Stone Music / Pacific Music
Producers: Blair Calibaba / Allen Dobb

The path leading to Victoria-based musician, Allen Dobb's latest CD, Bottomland (Skipping Stone/Pacific Music), has been a long and varied series of adventures. His quest has led Dobb from his youth in rural Alberta farm country, to several years in southern Africa using his agriculture degree from Washington State University and another land management stint on an Apache reservation in Arizona, to singer-songwriter showcases on stages of roots music hotbeds in Austin and Nashville. Dobb has documented his path of eclectic experiences with several recordings including a pair of CDs with his brother Cameron as Dobb and Dumela and 1998's Horses and Hills (Resource/Festival), his acclaimed solo debut.

The Kingston Whig Standard's Greg Burliuk wrote, "His exceptional songwriting skills make Dobb's CD, Horses and Hills extraordinary." The Georgia Straight's Tony Montague wrote, "Dobb skirts deftly past the temptation of cliché to create a highly individual album."

For all of Horses and Hills' lyrical gifts, it merely laid the groundwork for Dobb's musical achievements on Bottomland. Stony Plain Records' Holger Petersen, one of the world's most knowledgeable roots music authorities, enthused, "I'm a huge fan of Allen's work. His writing, arrangements, playing and singing have taken a big step forward with Bottomland."

Co-produced by Dobb and Blair Calibaba at Vancouver's Mushroom Studios, Bottomland features a host of Canada's finest musicians (drummer Pat Steward, bassist Rob Becker, Luke Doucet on electric guitar and pedal steel, organist Dave Kershaw, Jesse Zubot on mandolin, and harmony vocals by Robyn Carrigan), to produce a muscular, powerful soundscape reminiscent of Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen's most compelling work.

Finely-drawn characters like Della the two-step queen and "that ole hayseed Jimmy Roy…the hippest cat in Hollywood" populate Dobb's lyrical narratives, but the most fully realized writing are the descriptions of the vivid landscapes that frame the songs on Bottomland. Dobb takes the listener deep into those varied worlds, from the dusty Sonora desert, to the Canadian prairie's "big wide open", to the title track's broken and littered shadows.

It's an exquisite song cycle, fueled by a rich and varied life and a poet's eye for detail. The songs feel lived in and real. Roots music never sounded better.

Dobb's sophomore release Bottomland (Skipping Stone/Pacific Music) was released to great critical acclaim. Stony Plain Records' Holger Petersen, one of the world's most knowledgeable roots music authorities, enthused, "I'm a huge fan of Allen's work. His writing, arrangements, playing and singing have taken a big step forward with Bottomland." The album features a host of Canada's finest musicians (drummer Pat Steward, bassist Rob Becker, Luke Doucet on electric guitar and pedal steel, organist Dave Kershaw, Jesse Zubot on mandolin, and harmony vocals by Robyn Carrigan), to produce a muscular, powerful soundscape reminiscent of Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen's most compelling work. ". Indeed, the word has spread. Bottomland is slated for release in the UK through Pinnacle on October 14, with a major promotional push from Frontier. The album has also recently been released in the USA through Burnside Distribution. A rigorous fall tour schedule will see Dobb perform across Canada, the Northwest US and the UK to further support the release of Bottomland. For the WISE Hall show Paul Rigby will accompany Dobb on guitar, lap steel and mandolin, and Rob Becker on bass and vocals.

Allison Crowe
Lisa's Song + 6 Songs

Lisa's Song+ 6 Songs. Visit Lisa's Page to learn about Lisa, the inspiration for the first track on this disc. It was recorded live-off-the-floor in April 2003, by Rick Erickson, of Seacoast Sound in Victoria, B.C. The 6 songs that follow "Lisa's Song" were recorded live-off-the-floor one afternoon on two-track analog tape by Larry Anschell, at Turtle Studios in White Rock, B.C. The essential truth of this July 2001session (as the band was on its way to perform in Seattle, WA for Pearl "Jammers") has been captured in these live grooves. (NB there a two, earlier, variations of this disc ~ and which do not contain Lisa's Song ~ titled 6 Songs, and 6 Songs.

Altered Egos Are You In There, Jimmy?

Amoral Minority
Swordfish Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Rock Band has a 10 year history and evolved into 3 bands, comprising of some of Nanaimo's best musicians.

Andrea Smith Sweet Embrace

With the release of her newest cd 'Sweet Embrace' Andrea has experienced a surge in popularity and recognition for her songwriting skills, not to mention her fabulous vocal work on the album. The album features the best of west coast musicians including, Phil Dwyer, Pat Coleman, Ken Lister, Pat Steward, Dave Gogo, Todd Sacerty, Rick Salt, Miles Black and Tina Jones. With an indie label (www.RootCellarRecords.ca) and national distribution, this island girl is indeed on her way to great things.

Review

"...A new bright light on the local music scene, Andrea Smith is a powerful and expressive vocalist as well as an excellent guitar player. Her original songs are catchy, rhythmic and very lyrically creative. To add to her talents she has a genuine magnetic personality and is a polished professional performer. I play her music regularly on my show as do others at CHLY here in Nanaimo. Andrea is on her way to great things musically."

B. Hazelbower Programmer CHLY Radio, Nanaimo

Andrew Oye
& The Wankin' Family

Andrew Riggs
Axiology

Jazz and Blues influenced original Guitar Rock, including three Blues, two of which are covers - "Broke Down Engine" by Blind Willie McTell and "Trouble in Mind" by R.M. Jones. 53 minutes of music, 14 tracks, 12 with vocals, 2 instrumentals.

The band is called AXIOLOGY, same as the CD title. We perform music from the CD as well as covers of Blues, Jazz-Rock and some non-commercial classic rock. Improvisation is an important element of the bands performing style. Current band members are Danny Suen - Drums, Don Connolly - Bass, Albert Stasiulis - Keyboards, Andrew Riggs - Vocals and Lead/Rhythm guitars.

My guitar playing has been influenced by many of the rock guitarists from the 1960's and 70's - Santana, Clapton, Steve Howe(Yes), Hendrix, Allman Bros., Andy Powell(Wishbone Ash), Jeff Beck and numerous others, as well as players from the jazz and blues genres. However, I don't attempt to imitate anybody. I consider myself to be a musician first and songwriter second, the songs I write partly to challenge myself as a musician. The Jazz-Rock song "Opportunity" is the one on the CD that I consider the most challenging because of its multiple key changes. I try to find musical ideas that have not, (or at least have not often) been explored, within the rock genre. ...Andrew Riggs

I'm English born, my parents moved to Montreal when I was about 2 years old, then we moved to Powell River B.C. when I was ten. I started playing guitar when I was 14, bought my first electric guitar(the telecaster) when I was in grade twelve with money earned from working weekends in the local paper mill. I start jamming with other musicians when I was about 18 or 19, but I didn't have a steady band.

I moved to Calgary myself when I was 20, where I've lived ever since.

For the next 6 or 7 years I played and sang with three "power trio" type bands covering material by Cream, Hendrix, Doors, Allman Bros., Lynyrd Skynyrd etc. We had occasional community hall gigs and played at parties.

I've never had an interest in playing "Top 40" type music, and my bands have always been weekend, part time groups.

About the same time as moving to Calgary I started to write songs, most of the early songwriting attempts will never, I hope, see the light of day, although I also started doing recordings about this time, and still have all my material on tape. None of the original material was added to my bands repertoire at the time, by my choice.

What I consider to be my current, mature writing style didn't start to gel until I was about 28. About this time I formed an original music band with another songwriter/guitarist. We played occasionally in some local bars that featured original music but these generally featured "alternative" type bands, we didn't really fit in that well.

Keeping drummers was a major problem, we'd rehearse until we were ready to play gigs, do a few, then the drummer would quit. The music wasn't simple so it would take a number of months rehearsing, one or two nights a week to get a drummer up to speed.

The other songwriter was a prolific lyricist, but a marginal musician, I have a surplus of musical ideas but am slow producing lyrics. This might seem an almost ideal situation, but the other songwriter felt that any of my music that didn't have lyrics was free for him to use without my permission and without requiring him to give me credit for it. This issue brought that musical partnership to an end.

It was never my ambition to become a "solo artist" I wanted to be part of a band; sharing songwriting, vocals etc. I'm uncomfortable with the term "artist", it sounds pretentious to me, but I'm getting more used to the idea as time goes on.

The CD "Axiology" was released in the fall of 1998, the recordings on it were done over a period of about 4 years prior to that.

My guitar playing has been influenced by many of the rock guitarists from the 1960's and 70's-Santana, Clapton, Steve Howe(Yes), Hendrix, Allman Bros., Andy Powell(Wishbone Ash), Jeff Beck and numerous others, as well as players from the jazz and blues genres. However, I don't attempt to imitate anybody. I consider myself to be a musician first and songwriter second, the songs I write partly to challenge myself as a musician.

I didn't start writing songs until I'd been playing about 6 or 7 years. The Jazz-Rock song "Opportunity" is the one on the CD that I consider the most challenging because of its multiple key changes. I try to find musical ideas that have not, (or at least have not often) been explored, within the rock genre.

Art Turenne
Thinking Out Loud