assembly

so as you can see from the events on the sidebar, i have been a busy booking bee. to maximize holiday spirit and efficiency (aka the heart of rock and roll), i am playing multiple sets at each show. for acoustic blitzen on dec 19 i'm playing with the novemberists and also a solo set (probably just xmas songs), then yellow and static in action are opening for iron giant on dec 21 at a new venue (the billiard connection), and then the novemberists and billie yvette avenue are playing on dec 28th and 29th for a pair of special shows. there may even be one more addition in the works. i'm excited to say that my bud aaron corbett will be playing the show on dec 28th with us. it's been way too long since i have seen him play. his songs are heart-ful pop masterpieces and his stage banter is usually quite entertaining.

i'd like you to check out the newest static in action video. it was filmed by the illustrious jenni welsh and edited by our own harry doyle. the recording was mixed by matty burke of caper radio, and i must say it sounds incredible. i recommend listening with headphones for the full experience.

also, for those who like to listen to music on youtubes, i put some songs up on my channel, including a christmas music playlist! give em a listen.

Posted: 2013-11-25 02:04:48 UTC by ap

5 more weeks!

5 more weeks until i am in the home of my heart again. i have never been so busy with school, but i'm spending my few spare moments trying to book some shows for when i return - you can see the results on the sidebar. hopefully there will be some more stuff on that sidebar before too long. my goal is to play a show with every band i'm in. we'll have to see if that works out.

as you may know, christmas is my favorite time of year, mostly because of the shows that take place in cape breton during the holidays. when everyone comes home from away (hey, i'll be one of them this time!), and every day there's something going on, usually stacked lineups with all the bands you rarely get to see.

anyway, keep checking back, i have a month and some to get my act(s) together, so i suspect there will be updates in the near future! in the meantime, check out a new video by david daix:

David Daix from mark scott on Vimeo.

Posted: 2013-11-08 18:45:45 UTC by ap

yellow live at caper!

Posted: 2013-11-01 03:47:00 UTC by ap

i'll try to never forget to always be honoured

here is a new video of static in action live at caper radio! this is one of our newer songs, ultimatum. it's one of my favorite ones to play.

and for those who want more of dave daix, here is one of my favorite songs by him. the lyrics in this one are really wonderful. how great is the phrase "the street-light unhindered"?

Posted: 2013-10-06 00:25:43 UTC by ap

east coast love

out here in bc i've been repping the east coast by playing greg macpherson's company store around the campfire. it makes me nostalgic, and it makes me want to share the video here. it's been hard to explain to non cape bretoners just how much this song means to us, and how it's a theme that's woven into the fabric of our very beings. even without a tradition of mining in my family, it's so much a part of where we live that it resonates in a special way. greg's playing in cb (of course) while i am away this fall.

Posted: 2013-09-17 15:23:11 UTC by ap

a song to sing you off

i'm heading out in 5 days so there probably won't be much to see here for a little while (unless i wax philosophical in my absence). i'm nervous but excited, and maybe it will prove musically inspirational. we'll see what happens. until then, listen to this song by my dear friend dave. his songs are wonderful and thoughtful, probably because he is an awesome guy. as usual, caper radio and jenni welsh have done an amazing job on this video.

Posted: 2013-08-27 21:15:19 UTC by ap

some vids

here's a couple of videos from a live at caper radio session with my friend catriona sturton and her tour mate (and now my new friend) john carroll. this show and their show at the fudge co the night before were both exceptional. as always, i will suggest to you that you should check out caper's youtube channel because there is always new amazing content.

another thing i want you to look at is this hilarious trailer for the equally hilarious play which stars two of my dearest friends, james and erin thompson. it's playing at the atlantic fringe festival in halifax this year as well as in sydney this coming week. i've seen it twice and highly recommend, if you like awesome acting and hilarious plays, that is.

Posted: 2013-08-12 13:16:37 UTC by ap

summer of science

so lots has been happening to me lately, even though i haven't been posting much (but i have kept the events up to date at least). sorry about that. this summer is pretty busy with non-music related stuff. i have a cool summer job which involves doing a lot of science field work (read: hanging out on cape breton beaches and driving around in boats on the beautiful bras d'or lakes). all of this is in advance of me going to BC for the fall semester to an awesome (and somewhat secluded) marine biology station. so i guess my goal for this summer is to play a lot of music to make up for a quiet autumn.

i didn't really mention it when it happened, but a month or two ago static in action played at the phoenix nightclub and noodle bar in north sydney, which was awesome. it is a really cool place and it's always exciting when a new venue appears. i haven't gotten the chance to try the noodles yet though.

we also played a great show at babas in PEI with ricochet. i absolutely love playing at that place, it reminds me of the maple leaf in sydney. small rooms make for the best shows.

coming up, as you can see on the sidebar, there's a bunch of shows in the near future, all of which i am excited for. yellow's playing with two bands that are amazing - alright already, which is sean macgillivray's band (and possibly one of my favorite bands of all time), and the the pathological lovers (watch / listen to a video here). i can't wait to see this band because it features jody richardson from fur packed action. fur packed are my favorite east coast band that i never got to see live. they played at gobblefest one time, i believe, and i didn't go see them, and then later they broke up. once i discovered their music, i've been kicking myself for missing their show(s) ever since. anyway, i would recommend not missing these shows. if just for the experience of seeing me become a starry-eyed fangirl.

Posted: 2013-06-12 13:37:58 UTC by ap

jay smith

my good friend jay smith died this week. i'm really devastated by this news. he was an awesome guy. he had a flair for really dumb jokes, which i loved. his band, rock ranger, was my favorite band ever to come out of cape breton, and he was one of the best guitar players i ever saw. rock ranger was the inspiration for yellow. if i hadn't heard them, who knows what different track my life would have taken. i was such a star-struck little teenager when i met him, but he was always kind to me, and eventually we became friends. we played many shows together over the years. i can't believe he's gone. jay was a total rock star, moreso than anyone i ever met. i remember him taking the cd out of the cd player at a party and putting rock ranger on instead. haha. it was hilarious, and somehow really charming. he was the real deal and he could pull off stuff like that. he was the lead guitar player for matt mays, and got to travel a lot with that band. i know he had a great life doing what he loved to do, but i feel like there was more left for him. i'll miss him.

www.mattmays.ca has a trust set up to raise money for his family. i think you should also click here to listen to rock ranger, or here to listen to his solo stuff - it's what he would have wanted, haha. the year he put out that solo album, a guy named jay smith won sweden idol or something, and we used to laugh about how once every couple of months he'd get a big cheque from people in sweden accidentally buying his album on itunes. here is a song by ladies room - one of his first bands, and the first one i ever heard. they played at the first show i ever attended, though i missed their set.

Posted: 2013-03-30 00:38:38 UTC by ap

on the brink

this show we're playing at the capri sunday is for what i consider to be a very worthwhile cause. caper radio is finally about to get a transmitter to be a grown up real life broadcasting station after many years of trying. i am so stoked i am involved with this whole thing and finally see the hard work of so many people come together to make something so awesome happen. check out the facebook event for more details. there is also a show the night before at the island arts cafe.

playing this capri show are awesome bands too:
Static in Action
We Are The Sparks
The Jaynes (video)
Rad and Subtract
and also more bands.

Posted: 2013-03-26 16:02:05 UTC by ap
July
28
08:00pm
cabot shores
cabot shores
Billie Yvette Avenue