we got interviewed on CILU 102.7FM in Thunder Bay about all things ska, ska party and TooNice! listen anytime below!
enjoy some fun and frantic skipapalooza V viz! such a skasome night! was it only 2.5 weeks ago? so much fun & 4 hours of dancing was too good!
- The King Kong 4: 00:56 – 3:21
- TooNice: 3:21 – 12:48
- Cheap Suits: 12:48 to end
Sunday April 26
Opera House, Toronto
$27 plus fees available at TF & RT.
Doors at 7p. More details to follow!
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/397003723803102/
whew, its cold but the HOT news is the latest ska party radio show is now up on Mixcloud here!
ska at your leisure!
ALSO TooNice has one of our fave songs up for a free download for the month of November!
Check out R.(e). I. P. at http://www.reverbnation.com/toonice/song/22198711-reip
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.
Can’t believe its been almost 6 months since our last post! So much fun has happened since then! The Mtn Dukes are no more. We’ve rejoined TooNice for the 3rd time (is the 3rd time the charm?…haha) and still playing with Hayley Carro as well. We’ve relaunched our ska radio program, SKA PARTY that is sporadic but a hoot when it happens! Great times away from the blog indeed! Shows have been a plenty and here’s some video evidence with the reggae band:
For new gear, we’ve got a new TC Electronics BG250 amp that is lightweight and is great in all situations! We’ve also added some light percussion instruments for our acoustic shows. A tambourine we can kick at and a stomp box… yes, a stomp box! It gives us a great kick drum sound that keeps the acoustic shows pumpin’. Our Cajon is still a heck of a lot of fun to play as well!
Also, been groovin‘ to some great new/old tunes recently so here’s 10 recents that we just can’t seem to get enough of & we are diggin this month. Feel free to add in the comments what has been tickling your ears of late! We are always on the look out for new music!
talking heads – the big country
lindi ortega – high
iceberg – les barques
emile simon – desert
cartoon violence – better
dilip & the davs – like a king
flock of seagulls – wishing
spoon – mystery zone
pixies – alec eiffel
ini kamoze – wings with me
Til next time & see you on the dancefloor!
wow, what a month musically! fun times!
IN: new to us but used bass cab & pedals
OUT: drumming with Rosalita, bass with the Mightabins, bass with TooNice, weekly dj nights at the Pub
TooNice Reboot Final Chapter
we found out some more info about our being reunited with TooNice and then out 4 days later. seems our dedication to the band was called into question. simply meaning we weren’t dedicated enough for the other members. we had only spent every free second of 5 days relearning 50 songs, spent 12 hrs commuting to gigs/jams, jammed twice on 3.5 hrs sleep, spend money on a new bass cab, took time off work, emailed our contacts for new gigs and had to send our regrets to 3 other music endeavours to make time for them. strange reasoning but thats what they said. hilarious!
Those Handsome Hooligans Hiatus Ongoing
kept on jamming as much as possible with THH members during our drummerless hiatus this past month diggin’ the jams we do have and perhaps some of these songs we’ve been working on acoustically will grace the Hooligan stage one day! rumours persist of a casual gig/jam in aug. stay tuned!
Mtn Dukes sputterring
try as we may, the summer is tough to get a band going. vacays and other commitments make time tight to get jams in but its 2 steps fwd and one step back for the Dukes. we patch 2gether a couple of tight jams and then need to take a break for 2 weeks cuz no one is around. still expecting us to debut in September somehow/somewhere. when it does happen, it’ll be a slice! at least in July we finally decided on a name!
4×10 bass cab and pedals!
lastly, our new bass cab has stopped being stinky. the odd musty odour is gone! soundwise, a slight flutter exists only when we hit one particular note but we seemed to have scooped that out of the tone. good news is that the cab is a keeper no matter what. gotta jam with it soon so we can hear it compete with the other instruments! our mxr carbon copy delay pedal has been a great addition. its pretty much glued to the pboard now. we dig how having it slightly into our mix thickens up our sound and its a great tweaking toy when we get ambitious!
thx to all for visiting the site this past month! we’ve set a hits record! u rawk!
well we were “officially” back with TooNice for 4 days & we got the boot. seems the bassist we were to replace was a better fit or had a fit & didn’t want to switch to guitar/percussion which was their ultimate plan. its all very cryptic & we still aren’t entirely sure what happened just we know we are out. after only 4 days back it almost seems surreal. it happened so fast were we really ever back? haha!
its all too bad since we really were lookin’ fwd to where TooNice v2.0 would go after such a fun first reunion weekend. we were already building new basslines for new songs, trying new things with the old ones and of course, having fun at shows. now we know we aren’t the best bass plyr in the universe but we like to think that the bass dedication & energy we bring to a band is 2nd to none. quality wins out thou! sux that we dropped 3 fun music related tasks (drums with rosalita, bass with mightabins, weekly dj nites) to make room for them & also that we won’t get to finally play our hometown/homebar in August. but we wish nothing but the best to TooNice & what lies ahead for ’em. g’ver!
whats ahead for us? who knows? one door closes & we are sure another will open in the near future. but as our experience has shown us, quality reggae/ska is tough to replace in our books but our fingers are crossed! now accepting low end applications!