Kurt Dahl leads a double life. First and foremost, he is the drummer of Saskatoon rock band One Bad Son (www.onebadson.com). Second, he is writing his Master’s of Law thesis on the future of the music industry, and how artists will continue to make money in a digital world.
The Rock and Roll Report contacted him to write a diary for his latest venture: driving to Vancouver to record new songs with Default drummer Danny Craig as producer. Below are his entries…
Monday Feb. 9th – Songs Coming Together
Guitars, drums and bass are all done on the 3 songs, and Shane is now laying vocals overtop. Danny Craig and Scott Ternen have done an AMAZING job with these songs, and they already sound wicked without a mix done…which is the true test of a good recording. For the first time in our career, our true colors are coming through on record. That is an accomplishment in itself, and we all sense it.
In mid 2008, singer/songwriter Aaron Fisher teamed up with local producer/recording engineer Drew LeClair. Mainly to work on songs that Fisher had wrote that were intended for a solo album after his departure from his previous band. Weeks into this project would reveal that the first songs wern’t Fishers’ solo songs anymore, but a collaboration of two guys with serious dedication, devotion and talent working together as a team. Both decided to take on a partnership. Possibly make a record; make a few bucks and have some fun. It didn’t take long to realize that what they were doing was a little more serious than garage demos. The two agreed to take the project on as a more serious endeavor. Soon after the first few tracks were laid and the official myspace page was up; LeClairs’ house on D Avenue where it all started, was back up for rent and the boys were looking for a place to write and record…..on the cheap.
Le Cul is a big bang of self-professed psychedelic fuck-rock from Denmark. They have a lively, inventive indie Rock sound and an ethos equal to that of any true punk outfit, even if their style does not fit that genre, their attitude does.
In late 2007 Mr Maxis met Mr D. At this time they were just getting acquainted but despite this they came to the conclusion that they should form a Rock & Roll band. They both play guitar and sing vocals. Shortly after this Mr D heard that a couple of new guys, both musicians and similar to themselves, were in town. This was Mr. Emilesch who plays drums and percussion, and Mr. Baskerville, a bass player. They got together and began practising.
By the summer of 2008, the band had taken shape fully. They decided upon a name, Le Cul, which is French for ‘the ass’. I do love bands with a sense of humour that don’t take themselves too seriously. They went along to Gustav Niepoorts recording studio www.myspace.com/niepoort in Copenhagen and laid down ten tracks.
During the very midst of that most-summery Summer of 1983, after several years spent power-poppin’ ‘round Southern California with my latest bunch of musical Loved Ones, I somehow found myself night-managing instead a brand new 7-Eleven in Vancouver, BC …in order that I could save up enough to buy a PortaStudio and become the Great Wide North’s one and only Lindsey Buckingham, that is.
But as with even the best laid of schemes, I merrily became, for a year at least, Peter Tork instead.
How, you might very well ask?
As far as emotional rock music goes I have to admit that I have not been one to rate this genre in the past. But I truly believe everyone should be open-minded when it comes to music with the many different styles and trends out there in the industry. Many bands have influences; others will make music purely to be a part of a scene. What I tend to look for are the bands who do it with passion because they enjoy doing it.
Loudmouth is a ska/punk band that is serious about partying. 5 guys from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky that play loud, fast, and tight, reminiscent of the early Fat Wreck bands. They do this without sounding like a regurgitation of the past, and without losing their sense of fun or humor. “We like to have fun, and we like to play music, if we can combine those things and make a living out of it, then that’s the life we want to live.” says Mike their guitar player and co-founder.
There was once a time in rock history when it would’ve been unthinkable to create a band without all three critical parts to the formation: guitar, bass, and drums. But now, it seems that, more and more, there are people who say to each other, “We don’t need three people, we can make music with just the two of us.” With that notion in mind, duos that contain only two main instruments have started to pop up wherever you look.