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"?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ashley harding took some pictures of me, and my house too. it's called a photo interview i think click here to look at them.
also as you can see there are some rock shows coming up!