Friday, May 8, 2020

Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods on Records In My Life

We had the opportunity to meet with Jason Williamson of the UK duo Sleaford Mods last week via Zoom. Jason gave us some great stories as well as the reasoning behind their latest release "All That Glue"and several hilarious anecdotes from their history. Very fun person from an interesting and cool band.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Combine on Fiona Forbes' show Onstage (basement tapes live)

Combine the Victorious appeared on Fiona Forbes' show Onstage this week. They duo had a great conversation with Fiona from the Isabelle Dunlop Clothing store to talk about the shutdown, setting private appointments, and of course music. After the interview Combine performed five songs that were previously recorded in the basement of their house. Included here for the first time is their song "What's Going On In Your Head" as well as favorites "Smoke and Choke" and an acoustic piano version of "Embrace."

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Combine - Embrace (piano version)

Isabelle and I have been self isolating for the past month just like everyone else. One thing that has been a true benefit to this extra time is going back over some of our older songs and figuring out how to play them again. This song, Embrace, was originally written and recorded for the debut Combine the Victorious album The World Over back in 2007. While the album version is rather epic with a long crescendo build from the beginning to the end, this piano version is much simpler, with only an upright piano for accompaniment.  We recorded this last night as part of our Friday night music rehearsals. Have a look, we are both rather pleased with it!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Peach Pit - Records In My LIfe

As the quarantine continues in Vancouver we have been recording more interviews via teleconferencing. This week we caught up with Chris and Neil from the band Peach Pit. Peach Pit has just released their new album and were all set to tour for the rest of the year in support of it when the Covid19 outbreak occurred. So instead of catching up with them when they were set to play a sold out show at the Commodore we chatting about their new album, working with John Congleton as a producer, and all sorts of other music in out interview. Great guys, such a pleasure to hang with and talk music!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Archive: Blisterene - Broadcast Nationwide video

Blisterene had a busy year in 1997. We'd recorded our debut album, a ten song collection titled "So I Have Them" and already made one video. Broadcast Nationwide was a follow up to Gratitude and directed by Shawn Carnegie. We made this one on 16mm film and shot some of the footage in my brother's former business office on Marine Drive in Vancouver,

This was a fun video to shoot, thanks to Shawn and Tod Van Dyk who master minded the affair. This was a great underground video with many hours in an elevator and then even more running around the stairwells of the Pacific Centre mall. I have fond memories of this one, probably the easiest set I've ever been on. We all had fun, though worked a couple long days to create this!

The yellow walled rehearsal footage was shot at Les's place, (aka Malcolm Tente) where we actually recorded our album. Interesting times back then.

Band: Blisterene
Song: Broadcast Nationwide
Album: So I Have Them
Released: 1997

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Archive: Blisterene - Gratitude video

Blisterene was a power pop band from Vancouver, Canada. I formed this band after I departed from Pure and thought to make an exciting three piece. We played every venue in Vancouver and then managed a full Canadian and a follow up Western Canadian tour before we put the band on ice.

This video was filmed and edited by none other than Blair Dobson, Blair had made two videos for Pure so it just seemed natural to approach him to make one for my new band. This video was played a couple times on Much Music and helped secure us a spot at CMW as well as our cross country tour.

Band: Blisterene
Song: Gratitude
Album: So I Have Them
released: 1997