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August 10, 2016

Review: Atte by Matt Foy

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Atte – Matt Foy

http://mattfoy.bandcamp.com/album/tte


I imagine going for a long walk with this as the soundtrack. Past the people too immersed in themselves to notice the world. Past the folks who live in an alternate reality. Then past the hectic, careless busy bodies that litter the streets and into the beauty of the great void beyond while listening to this.  I’d call this the soundtrack to a soundtrek.
Is it dark? Brooding? Mmmm, perhaps… if you were someone tilted in that direction.  But I like to think there is also an aura of hope here.  Perhaps its the overall fullness of sound coming from Atte that makes us think that way.  It attracts us, keeps our attention and then keeps us coming back for more. The whole sonic spectrum is well represented. Booming lows and high peaks make for a delightful ride even if its short and sweet. We don’t mind it being direct and to the point because its ON POINT. Never a dull moment & there is much to entertain your ears.  
Our initial fave track was Dead in Denmark with its addictive wall of sound approach. Its a great wake up song with its driving beat. Just imagine being hit with a refreshing ocean wave on a hot day but sonically! Plus its a definite earworm that lasts for days. Then we couldn’t get enough of the retro vibe feel of Proto Pop. The sixties rock feel starts with the shaker and just takes off from there. I’ve always felt there were words just about to be said but we’ve listened over and over & we are always left to make our own.  Perhaps that is the point but I still can’t help the feeling that they were just on the tip of our tongue. Its a fun mental game to keep replaying.  Its also a tune that reminds us of occasions where you should have said something but those things were left unsaid. But that is just us. You can take away something completely different from it and that would be totally cool too. Nowadays, we find ourselves fixated to Scooterboy. There’s just something to the swing feel and almost bass-keys-from-a-piano-like guitar sound that leaves a lasting impression.  Can’t stop humming that addictive riff.
Atte is always interesting everytime we visit and we visit often.  Pick up a copy and you too can enjoy your own soundtrek and just let it take you away…

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October 6, 2015

is it even worth wasting our breath?

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ah, maybe.  if you don’t try, then you will never know. we’ve been giving this a lot of thought over the past two weeks so in the spirit of Canadian Thanksgiving, lets giv’r.
so after 2 yrs back with TooNice, we were blindsided to find out via text early one recent Sunday morning that our services were no longer required. we were floored!  did not see this coming at all! hindsight being 20/20, perhaps the signs were there earlier when plans we being made without or with minimal consultation, we were being left in the dark and our ideas weren’t getting any consideration.  but in the heat of those moments, you don’t add things together quite that way until you have been kicked to the curb. playing over 200 shows in 2 years was definitely a treat and something we will never forget but the way we were shown the door will leave many a memory tarnished.
which led us to thinking about how horrible most (and there are exceptions to everything) musicians treat each other. its not just this situation in particular but others we have experienced or heard of other musicians experiencing. its one thing to treat friends, co-workers and family with civility and common sense courtesy despite some of their short-comings but then it appears to be a completely different way amongst musicians.  the way we treat each other with a certain absence of ethics just sadly seems to be the norm rather than the exception.  its hard to take the knife sometimes yes.  we’ve been fired before but it always comes as a shocker.  the apparent lack of rules and then suddenly “rules” come out of nowhere and get applied when the ends justify the means. it is a quite humourous and ridiculous way of going about relationships and is hardly a healthy way for an industry to run.  especially when one considers the tasks at hand are based on a high level of passion, commitment and also can be physically and sometimes stressfully demanding.  then boom, they are gone. all of the sudden the rug is swiped out from under you.
don’t get us wrong, its a LOT OF FUN being a musician and that’s why we love it so! but perhaps that’s also why a lot of the basic ethical treatment of fellow human beings gets cast aside as well.  we will put up with a lot to reap the rewards but along the way, we let a lot of ugliness rear its head without much second thought. then at crunch time, points of view don’t get considered and before you know it, its my way or the highway or you get run out of town and in the end you just gotta say “its a crazy musical ride” and carry on.  is music a business?  is it friends?  is it a family? is it all the above, some or none of the above? is it an entity onto itself? the blurring of the lines and addition of so many factors and viewpoints really make the music industry unique. there truly are 2 sides to a coin. then you get into perception playing a big part when there is a lack of communication while living in the fast lane. who’s in the right? who’s in the wrong? who knows but we may even be breaking some mythical “rule” by even posting about this and trying to create some food for thought.
so regardless, its fun times indeed.  past, present and future(yet to be written).  there were many fun and great moments that we we will keep as learning experiences and this is now the end of TooNice v3.0 (read about 2.0 here).  now we very much look forward to whatever lies ahead but it will be with more humility and knowledge than before. hope springs eternal but now we are somewhat wiser!
September 30, 2012

dukebut!

is that really the mtn dukes?

a day later & our ears still can’t believe the mtn dukes did their Dukebut!  it was AWESOME!  a mere 2 sets worth of favourites spanning the decades all done with a subtle sprinkling of dukealicious spice!  it was great to finally get the opp to perform with the dukes & get some of these songs out there.

mucho thx  to Bruce Hooligan for opening the show for us with a sweet set of acoustic songs with yours truly on the bass.  T’was super memorable to have him also do a laid back version of  “the waiting” with us.  we will ever never forget that!  as well, Ben was great singing an entire song with the mtn dukes and a HUGE THANKS 2 every1 who showed up. t’was nice to see some new/old faces so we were on cloud 9 the entire night!  OnCue was a sweet choice of venue to have our Dukebut.  new renos have made the space more band/fan friendly.  the bar is now more in the middle of the venue and there’s a HUGE tv there.  still tons of pool tables & delicious food.  we were invited back so we will effort to get another Duke show there before the end of the year.

as for our playing, we will admit to just being a tad overwhelmed on 2 occasions.  we got caught twice looking at our dukemates & getting lost in thought (ie: i can’t believe we are actually playing a show!) & then totally forgetting about the song we were in.  too funny!  also had some gear location issues during the warmup set with Bruce Hooligan.  must remember to have everything set where we need it BEFORE we start playing! another too funny of a bass “DO’H!” moment.

now the mtn dukes take a week off before embarking onto making a 3rd set.  good times lie ahead!  next show TBA!

jumping for joy!

August 8, 2012

Raised on Promises Debut!

Raised on Promises
1st ever performance!
THIS Saturday, August 11th
at British Arms Pub
29 Dunlop St. E., Barrie, ON
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Acoustic covers of Hits & Deep Cuts from over the Decades!

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May 30, 2012

The Top 60 Perfect Pop Songs?

we found this list of songs on the internet recently.  now its posted if we ever need to find a new song to cover.

The Top 60 Perfect Pop Songs

  1. I’m a Believer by The Monkees/ Neil Diamond
  2. Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain & Tennille/ Neil Sedaka
  3. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
  4. I Feel Fine by The Beatles
  5. Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  6. We Can Work It Out by The Beatles
  7. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
  8. Dancing Queen by ABBA
  9. Sugar, Sugar by The Archies/ Neil Diamond
  10. Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee
  11. I Love You by The Climax Blues Band
  12. If I Can’t Have You by Yvonne Elliman/ The Bee Gees
  13. Cuddly Toy by The Monkees/ Harry Nilsson
  14. Heart of Glass by Blondie
  15. Lola by The Kinks
  16. Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Gos
  17. If You Leave Me Now by Chicago
  18. The Things We Do Love by 10cc
  19. Call Me by Petula Clarke/Nancy Wilson
  20. Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
  21. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  22. Rich Girl by Hall and Oates
  23. Never My Love by The Association
  24. Take a Chance on Me by ABBA
  25. Day After Day by Badfinger
  26. Day Tripper by The Beatles
  27. Reminiscing by The Little River Band
  28. Sail On by The Commodores
  29. It Don’t Matter to Me by Bread
  30. (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Simple Minds
  31. Shambala by Three Dog Night
  32. Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
  33. Head Over Heels by The Go Gos
  34. Call Me by Blondie
  35. Hello Goodbye by The Beatles
  36. Thunder Island by Jay Ferguson
  37. Downtown by Petula Clark
  38. Happy Together by The Turtles
  39. I Melt With You by Modern English
  40. To Sir, With Love by Lulu
  41. Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees
  42. I Love You More Today Than Yesterday by Spiral Staircase
  43. My Sharona by the Knack
  44. Do You Believe in Magic- The Lovin’ Spoonful
  45. Hang on Sloopy by the McCoys
  46. Nothin’ from Nothin’ – Billy Preston
  47. Will It Go Round in Circles – Billy Preston
  48. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  49. Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
  50. More Than A Feeling – Boston
  51. I Feel The Earth Move – Carole King
  52. Close to You – Carpenters
  53. Fame – David Bowie
  54. American Pie – Don McLean
  55. Peg – Steely Dan
  56. Is That Love – Squeeze
  57. Shannon by Henry Gross
  58. There She Goes by The Las
  59. Crash by The Primitives
  60. Son of Sam by Elliot Smith
May 30, 2012

sound man fees

came across this the other day.  i dunno where its from but we luv it!

April 30, 2012

that’s a wrap April!

another month has flown by!

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struggling with a flu bug for the later half of the month has made things more challenging but nonetheless, forward ho!

today we were sadden by the news that Molly’s Chamber, the cover act we left 7 weeks ago has now officially gone on hiatus. we thought it would be easy for them to find a replacement bassist as the material and the other players were quite solid. still unknown what exactly has transpired but its still sad news nonetheless. here’s to hoping they all land on their feet!

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the dj nights at the Schomberg pub every Saturday have been a treat. the regulars and the casual atmosphere make for a great time out each and every time! its also been great to pick up on what’s new and happening in the music scene and to gauge what ppl want to hear. been havin’ a ball no matter who shows up!

also this past month, we’ve been jamming with a few guys we’ve known almost since day 1 on the bass. we have been lucky enuff to finally find a singer/guitarist that fits. so far its been a helluva lot of fun playing what we all like to play and hear in a no pressure/casual/just4kicks atmosphere. finally a group that wants to do a few Clash songs!

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after Skipapalooza (pic=new sticks&bag this month!), the members of Rosalita asked us to become the permanent percussionist for the band. an offer in which we quickly/gladly accepted! its been a great way to keep our feet wet on the kit and also to learn/develop musically. the forecast calls for good times ahead & 2nite is our first official jam since the party. there’s lots of new material & a new bassist on the horizon as well!

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Those Handsome Hooligans have been picking up speed for a rather hectic summer. expect more posts on that in the days ahead. expecting a tee shirt run in the near future. crazy! check out our posters while u sanitize!

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lastly, we’ve been pickin’ at the ol’ geetar of late. been thinkin’ aboot an open mic nite in the near future. we’ll see. ah, so many songs, so little time… the fire that fuels us. new shoes this past month too! feels so good!

January 12, 2012

hey buddy can u spare 10 minutes?

it’s almost 2 weeks into 2012 & already our resolutions for more music related fun are being put to the test. where does the time go everyday? we’ve got new strings on the bass that makes it a heap of fun to play right now (more on that in a future post) so our motivation is at a peak. but by the time we get to putting our head down everyday we realize we haven’t played as nearly as much as we would have liked. sound familiar? shades of 2011 redux. ugh.

well at least we can take comfort in the fact that it’s not how long you play everyday but that fact that you play everyday. truer words from our bass coach could not have been said back when we started bass playing. often have we come back to that quote for solace in these times when we are pressed for time.

sure we haven’t had as much time as we would have liked to play and learn so far in 2012 but we haven’t missed a day. 10 minutes minimum is all that is needed and we can always find 10 minutes in a day for the 4 string. the 10 minute a day mantra = words to live by for any instrument.

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whoa! 200 songs for a mere $30! steal of the week!

October 25, 2011

jason priestly strings story

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so we guess the time is getting just about right to finally blog about our experience at Tom Lee’s Music store in Vancouver this past summer. the reason being that the GHS brite flats strings we bought that day are now in use.

we stopped at Tom Lee’s on Granville to check out the much ballyhoo’d store and perhaps buy a pedal (that ended up being the EHX bassballs that we dearly love). so as we are trying out the pedal in a soundproof room we spied none other than 90210(amongst many other roles) star, Jason Priestly(JP) shopping in the guitar section with his rather large body guard/personal assistant in tow. being much interested in the pedals we were trying out we didn’t give it much of a 2nd thought until we were ready to pay for our pedal at the one and only cash. there in the lineup right behind us was JP.

we had discussed with the store help that we needed strings as well as the pedal yet as we were ringing up the total the strings we had decided on were nowhere to be found. so a search for the strings ensued followed by a struggle to find out actually how much the strings actually cost. now the lineup had gone to 1 to about 6 ppl in this time. how much time had gone by was beyond us since we were in no hurry. no one was really bothering JP but the more and more a crowd developed around the cash, the more and more JP and his large ass. man were getting nervous. it was obvious they were in a hurry and wanted no part of an impromptu autogoof session.

the situation was out of our control. there were 2 sets of flat strings we wanted to purchase cuz according to the staff they were on sale. but what the actual sale price was proving difficult to locate. the tension in the lineup was building and building. the expression on JP and his ass. man were priceless.

finally the staff relented the cash to JP and the others so they could be served while we waited for the price. a few evil eyes were given by the large ass. man but really the situation was the result of the staff and not us. in our mind, we’re thinking yer not quite the big deal u still think u are. none of the tweens in the lineup had recognized him and in real physical life JP was actually super small. we doubt he reaches 5 ft. on a good hair day.

after they departed, the tension eased and we discovered our strings only cost $10 a set. worth making JP wait any day! what a bargain! we left the store and there was no sight of JP anywhere. a trail of dust was all he left.

now its a been a few months since we bought those strings and they’ve been on our gibson bass for about 2 months. the review is that we don’t like them and will likely not use the 2nd set. the tone and feel is just not suited to us. no matter how we tweak things we just can’t seem to get a sound we like out of them. the best way we can describe it in words is that it sounds as if the tone is being choked. we’ve been using the bass/strings set up for jams just so they get some use b4 we replace them. but nonetheless, we’ll never forget the day we made a hollywood star wait so we could get bargain strings for 10 bux!

in a totally unrelated note, here’s a pic we took of a streetfight later that same day. the suit actually kept talking on the cell as he tried to break up the fight. the fight started when the 2 guys on the ground bumped each other and then it just escalated from there. some nasty punches were thrown and then it got broken up by onlookers and every1 went their separate ways. stay classy vancouver!

even wks after the canucks playoff loss there was still fighting in the streets!

August 26, 2011

bassmorgasborg II

before we get to the bass, as we’ve stated previously we are keeping up with are drumming on a every other day basis.  we think its a good to keep tabs on the ol’ kit and tricks just in case and to help keep that sense of what its like going.  anyways, the other day we responded to an online request for a drummer to come out to a casual jam and play along to some songs by the Clash.  well, being that the Clash are our fave band of all time, this was a no brainer for us and we wholeheartly took up the challenge.  we blasted thru 15 or so songs in 2.5 hrs and at least 60% of those would have been stage ready IMHO.  it was crazy good and met all our expectations!  plans are to have another go at some songs in sept.  can’t wait!

peggy's buddy!

we scored a bass cab the other day.  15″ that can handle 300w easily.  its pretty darn big and weighs about 60 lbs but the price was right and its not like we’ll be using it at every gig.  the plans are to use it mainly for outdoor shows.  we took the grill off as it was rattling and then took the Fender logo off that since the look of logo wasn’t that retro.  the rattle was the grill hitting the edges of the speaker so we added some weather stripping to the points where the 2 were touching and put the grill back on.  it bows out a bit but sounds great now and thats what matters.  we plan on taking the direct out of peggy the amp and feeding that into a PA amp(thats all we have for a head right now… ah, the search for a bass head is ON!) and enhancing the low end signal that way.  we plan to debut it next weekend at one of our outdoor gigs.

peggy's buddy with the grill on!

finally an update on our pedal situation.  we were not using our EHX bass big muff as much as we woulda liked and our BBE sonic stomp was always in use but we never quite 100% happy with what it was doing to our sound.  so we’ve been casually searching for a replacement for both and we think we found it with a Catlinbread SFT.   it not only add some variable grit to our sound but also is quite nice at allowing us to tweak our tones.  we took it out to our gig last weekend.  we had only really spent about 30 mins with the pedal to make sure it worked and sounded ok.  it took about a set to get used to her sensitivity(it responds to how hard or soft u play!) and once we locked in a setting that was right for the sweet reggae vibe it was perfect the entire night!  any pedal that inspires you and makes u anxious to get back to playing again just so you can hear it HAS TO BE GOOD! its also likely that her sensitive side will make us a better bassist in the future.  here’s a pic of the august pboard set up.  looking at the pic makes us think that less is more. the sft is a good step fwd in usefullness and quality so we can’t wait to enjoy it more!

august pedalboard!