keep forgetting to mention that we’ve got one of our originals up for a free download for the month of October. just keeping in the “spirit” of the season! enjoy!
been awhile but of course we’ve been super busy! rumours are that we’ve an official video for one of the TooNice songs coming soon. that was a great day captured! we’ll post an update on that when the video is ready.
speaking of pics & vids, someone was nice enuff to take & then post a few band pics from last weekend at Blue Mtn!
and also a vid from a recent cold day at Pumpkin Fest in Port Elgin!
hard to believe its been a year back with the reggaelicious sounds of TooNice. just for kicks we counted how many shows we’ve done with them in the last 12 months and the count was 102! that’s almost 2/wknd! defo crazy fun AND crazy busy!
This Saturday October 18th, we play McReilly’s (82 Dunlop St. E) in Barrie as an acoustic duo! Drop by if you are in the area & share a moment with us!
Friday Oct 24 – Midland (Boathouse)
Saturday Nov 1 – Collingwood (Iron Skillet, as part of the Collingwood Brewery Tour)
Friday Nov 7 – Collingwood (Casbah)
Saturday Nov 8 – Midland (The Study)
Friday Nov 21 – Collingwood (Casbah)
Saturday Nov 29 – Orangeville (Fionn MacCools)
Saturday Dec 6 – Collingwood (Casbah)
so over the weekend, we took the bass outta the case to find it covered in a coating of damp dew. which has us wondering if this happens more & we just don’t know it?
here are the deats of the events:
- gig the previous night ended around midnight beside Georgian Bay
- bass loaded & stayed in the vehicle overnight
- took out bass around 11am the next morning when we arrived at our next show only to find it soaking wet
how it ended up this way has us scratching our heads. was is the temp change from night to day? was it cuz we were further inland? did it have to do with the time of night we put the bass in the case?
usually (ok, 9 times outta 10), we bring the bass inside with us overnight but since we were back on the road again in 6 hours, we didn’t this time. if that was the big factor, we will never do it again. if this has been happening more often and we just didn’t realize it, we will be taking it out of the case or opening the case every night as well. from now on, we will be tracking this phenomenon!
twas a great weekend of 3 shows with TooNice & we had a new piece of equipment with us as well. we managed to score a slightly used Traynor Dynablock 400 from a moving sale in the days prior to the shows. we played an acoustic night with it, then a big stage the next afternoon & then as part of our live rig with a soundman later that same night. essentially, running it thru our bassic usual paces & it passed with flying colours!
we are still getting used to the finer points of the controls & finding our sweet spots with it but that will come with time. already though, the low frequency expander seems a bit silly to us. a “sound” investment that we hope will last a lot longer & with a lot less headaches than our previous Markbass Little Mark II head.
For more info: www.toonice.ca
Hope to see YOU out there!
Aug 1 – Wasaga (Barcelos) 7p
Aug 2 – Bracebridge (Beer Fest/Olympics) 12-3p
Aug 2 – Collingwood (Blue Mtn) 7-9p
Aug 6 – Collingwood (Molly Blooms) 10p
Aug 8 – Gravenhurst (Street Fest) 2p
Aug 8 – Midland (Boathouse) 9p
Aug 9 – Gravenhurst (Street Fest) 11am
Aug 9 – Wasaga (Sweet Tooth Carib Fest) 7p
Aug 16 – Calgary, Alberta (Vern’s Bar) 8p
Aug 22 – Thornbury (Bridges) 10p
Aug 23 – Oro Ontario (Hardwood Hills) Noon-4 – & dj skip spins all day!
Aug 23 – Wasaga (Wild Wing) 9p
Aug 29 – Penetang (Flynn’s) 9p
Aug 30 – Collingwood (Blue Mtn) 7-9p
we had the sublime opportunity to spin some ska this past Friday at the Rivoli. t’was a dandy nite out & a great bill with General Rudie mounting a massive reunion while staking a heartfelt return to form. pfft, no rust apparent on these Rudies! our night ended with a cowbellgasm with Frankie Foo at the Legendary Grossman’s Tavern. The Foo never fail to impress and whoa…. they STILL party til they drop!
last but not least, we have always been a huge fan of King Kong Girio’s work. his latest 4 piece is a slice to behold & they were the sonic treat of the night! we can’t wait to see ‘em again soon!
so this is a bass blog more or less but we can’t help but write a quick post about a 76 Traynor TS-15 we scored a few weeks back. we had just traded in our Fender Acoustic 30w amp that we just weren’t using and started to be on the lookout for something with more “character”. we aren’t much of a guitarist but we wanted something to jam/practice with and couldn’t be happier with this amp. we hope it inspires us to pick up the guitar more often. this is how it sounded as soon as we plugged in for the first time!
2×8’s with a 5/10/15w switch. going from 10 to 15 is a sonic delight! we are the 2nd owner & it had been sitting around in a closet for years collecting dust and therefore, is in impeccable shape! it also has a low input. this is how it sounded as soon as we plugged in for the first time on the low input. no adjustments needed!
thou both utube selections are overdriven, the amp does have a clean tone as well that we love. off to play some more!
so we picked up a 2005 MiM Jazz Jag over the weekend. it came on the cheap cuz the body is a tad rough. we guess at some point the body had some stickers on it. when they were peeled off, the coating came off with it and the previous owner attempted to repaint. so it feels rough to the forearm. in reality, it looks fine from afar and the neck is super great. & that’s the most important aspect for us. it plays really funky and gritty. we dunno if most jazz/jags play that way or if its only this one with its sorted history. we are tempted to make this into a “project” bass and see if we can tweak the pickups into providing more low end. it really does play more like a “geetar” than a “bass” at the moment. there is one sweet spot with both pickups set in a particular way. that should do for the time being. we think this will be our “gig spare” and we’ll use it for a few songs in the current set that require a more high end funk sound (cuz this bass is great at that) and keep it handy in case something happens to our main bass of the night. it is set up with a brand new set of D’addario lights & we shouldn’t let those go to waste just yet! ;)