BUYING SHOTS FOR BANDS
Oh No, Theodore! – 8:00PM @ The Painted Lady
While I was disappointed that Writers’ Strike were no longer playing, I decided to still start my night at The Painted Lady for Fredericton band, Oh No, Theodore! This quite possibly ended up being the best decision I made all festival.
With a violin and a cello, this six-piece collective filled the cramped stage right up and then soon filled the entire venue with their classical-folk-orchestral sound. With a violin and cello, there is something so effortlessly elegant and refined about a string section in a band and it never fails at making me swoon. Their songs are rooted in really well written lyrics about fears, loss, death, broken relationships and fucking things up – yet you would have no idea with such rousing and joyful melodies – think of fellow East Coasters Hey Rosetta! And they just looked so darn happy to be up on that stage – their energy was contagious.
Some highlights of their set included: heavy, strings-driven “Theodore the Monster,” title track “We’re All Underachieving,” and single “You Can Do Better Than Me.” For their first time playing Toronto, they had the venue quite packed for their early set – likely in part thanks to the large number of ex-New Brunkswickians (is that a word?) that came out to support. Heading home to record their next album, I’m told they’ll be back this way in the Fall. Yes please, Theodore!
The Ray Finkles unleash their Ace Ventura-inspired surfer rock sound
Two friends from Fredericton have found a way to meld their love for the hit ’90s film starring Jim Carrey as a zany pet detective, and form a guitar/drums tandem with a California Dreamin’ vibe.
Lukas Bailey and Jamie Ross put together The Ray Finkles – named for a quote in Ace Ventura – three months ago. The long-time friends grew up together in rural NB, and during that time have spent an hour or two thrashing around on guitars together.
“The band started with Jamie and I hanging out seeing who could tremolo pick the fastest. Jamie won, so I jumped behind the drums. We prepared a 25 minute set to play at a housewarming party for some friends. The antics and shenanigans have escalated rapidly from there,” Bailey told Here.
The guys are shedding light on a surfer rock revival, spearheaded by bands like Dick Dale and The Ventures, although they don’t try to imitate them. The band’s debut track, Ankle Busters, has no vocals, but there’s an unmistakable sunny feeling that makes you want to find a beach party and forget about the sub-zero temperatures.
This month marks the release of The Ray Finkles’ first EP, titled Playing with Guns. The release date is set for Dec. 23, and the album will be available online at www.kemptproductions.ca, and at a few local shops around the East Coast.
As far as Bailey’s plans for the band go, he’s hoping to hit some waves soon to give the band some legitimate surfer cred.
“We are hoping to actually go surfing soon…maybe our music will bring us to the beach.”
And don’t forget about The Ray Finkles’ mutual love for Ace Ventura – Bailey recommends the movie to anyone who hasn’t seen it.
@Listen to Ankle Busters for free at bit.ly/t8nnGT Find out more about The Ray Finkles at www.kemptproductions.ca.
On the road with Oh No, Theodore!
Lead vocalist Jeremy McLaughlin of Fredericton band Oh No, Theodore! caught up with The Aquinian last week.
Local band Oh No, Theodore! kicked off an East Coast tour on Nov. 10, doing shows throughout New Brunswick as well as in Halifax and Charlottetown. They’ll play at the Cedar Tree Cafe on Dec. 2 and then wrap up in Hampton. The AQ caught up with lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Jeremy McLaughlin last week.
AQ: What’s your favourite tour memory ever?
JM: I would have to say it would be when we were doing an overnight drive from Quebec City to Bathurst. We left at 1 a.m., which meant we would get to Bathurst around 7:30 a.m. that morning. The entire drive went great up until we were about 20 minutes outside of town and one of the [three] vehicles we were travelling in got a flat tire, so we were stranded on the side of the road while one vehicle left to pick up a replacement tire. We waited there for four hours fighting off the sun and an endless onslaught of bugs. You couldn’t stay in a vehicle because it was so hot, so the only thing we could do was set up a tent and hope that they came back soon. It was the best and worst moment I’ve ever had on tour, but I’ll never take it back. Looking back on it now is hilarious, but at the time I was so miserable.
AQ: What are your go-to “I’m driving for long periods of time” snacks?
JM: Our bassist, Jake Spencer (he’s British) will always speak up after travelling for about 10 minutes, and he’ll say, “Anyone fancy a stoppie for a chippie?” He likes the old kettle chippies the most. Luke on the other hand [member Lukas Bailey], he’s more of a baked dill pickle kinda guy. Aaron really loves road rockets (drive-thru hamburgers), and the rest of us just eat whatever is around.
AQ: Does anyone in the band have diva moments on tour?
JM: We’re still pretty new to the touring game and it’s all still really exciting for us to be playing in a different town each night, so no one really has anything to be grumpy about. The only thing close that I think that we’ve had is people arguing about who has to drive home that night, because if you’re driving home after the show that means you can’t have anything to drink at the bar that night. Not that we drink heavily, but it’s really nice to have a beer or two once you’re off stage tearing down for the night.
AQ: What’s a typical tour day like?
JM: Wake up beside one another on the floor. Roll up sleeping bags and thank whoever it was that night who was gracious enough to let us stay in their home. Coffee. Start driving to the next town. Gas up and clean out the van (the Baron tends to get dirty quite easily). Roll into town. If we have a few hours before the show we like to meet new people and let them know about the show. Coffee. Head to the venue. Load in and sound check (if we actually get a sound check that evening). Hang out with the bar staff, talk about how the tour is going and what bands have been through recently. Play the show. Try to find a place to sleep that night if a spot hadn’t already been arranged. Tear down and load all the gear back into the van. Sleep in the van or on the floor in someone’s house. Repeat.
AQ: How’s the Baron holding up?
JM: The Baron is holding up so well! The thing we’re focusing on now is winter tires – we really don’t want it to end up in the ditch this winter. We’re making a little bit of money on this tour, so hopefully we’ll get some on by the end of the month.
EAST COAST MUSIC
With Bob Mersereau
Oh No, Theodore! Enjoying Music NB Boost
Thu, Sep 22, 2011.
I had the pleasure of helping announce the nominees for this year’s Music NB awards a few days back, to the crowd collected in Moncton. Some of the local musicians who ended up nominated were there, including Allan Cooper, Robin Anne Ettles, a Divorcee and a Backyard Devil, plus Phil Flowers, who graced us with tune. You know, the usual backbone of the Moncton scene, or at least a few vertabrae.
There were cheers when nominations were announced for those in attendance, and some of the other familiar names. But one name kept coming up again and again, including the very first one called. And it was greeted with ** crickets **. There was little, if any idea about who Oh No, Theodore! is, but there they were with a total of six nominations, tied for the lead with Acadian country star George Belliveau.
That’s the way it’s always been in the province. No matter how close we are, the scenes are pretty separate, with Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John having their own local heroes and home audiences. Of course, after awhile, those walls break down, but it does seemingly take a few years for some recognition to happen.
The Music NB awards should speed up that process. People will be able to hear a lot more about Fredericton’s Oh No, Theodore!, just as the rest of the province will get introduced to Moncton’s Flowers or Saint John’s Babette Hayward. Multiple nominations bring press coverage. Like this. For Oh No, Theodore!’s debut full-length album, We’re All Underachieving.
The band came together around Fredericton’s live music scene at The Capitol bar, just back in 2010. It’s one of the few venues that specializes in live music, every night, and gets the best touring bands in the country still playing for a hundred folks, the next step being the soft-seat theatres. Oh No, Theodore! barely fits on the stage, as it’s a minimum six-piece. They like being described as an indie-folk orchestra, and there are a lot of instruments coming at you. I like the extra strings added, violin or cello, used not as sweetening, but as a prominant rhythm-driver, in tandem with the drums and bass. All these folks can build up a bunch of intensity. It’s the post-Arcade Fire movement, although tempered by the folk influences. Acoustic guitars are the norm here, and despite the energy, the songs are rooted in bedroom strumming, not garage jamming. It’s not surprising that the songwriting is the work of one guy, singer Jeremy McLaughlin. This is personal, reflective stuff, first-person. I’d be a little less willing to happily offer up that your cooking skills revolve around Kraft Dinner, dude, but maybe it’s a metaphor.
The big sound is a good idea, as the sensitive singer-songwriter folkie guy is getting a bit old, it’s so 2009. I certainly go for the louder, danceable stuff, which is the majority of the disc. Alethea Dinkons does some good harmonies, too, especially on the lively opening cut Neurosis. See, when you’re siging about your broken mind, the audience is going to be a lot less uncomfortable with your insomnia and nosebleeds if they’re jumping up and down.
Oh No, Theodore! have a couple of shows this weekend you can catch:
Thursday (tonight)) Sept. 22 The Capitol, Fredericton
Friday, Sept. 23 Pepper’s Pub, Saint John
It’s the epitome of a bro-fest.
Written by Diane Cole
The boys (and gal) in Oh No, Theodore! and the Hungry Hearts will spend every waking (and non-waking) hour together as they cruise the Maritimes and Quebec promoting their respective new albums this June.
“Ever since we started, we revolved and came back to the Hearts,” says Oh No, Theodore! lead singer and guitarist, Jeremy McLaughlin. “It made sense to go on tour with them. We couldn’t imagine being on the road with any other band.”
“We have a huge love for each other as friends and as fans,” adds Hungry Hearts singer, Adam Guidry.
Planning for the Never Let Go tour began several months ago. Their albums weren’t finished, but they knew a summer tour was imminent. They found contacts and requested shows in the sticky Quebec and Ontario markets. But months went by without a peep from promoters.
“It came to the point when nothing was happening,” says Guidry. “We had hopes for a lot of things with the tour and the album and we didn’t hear back from anybody. Then all of a sudden it just came together, we just kept at it, working hard and I think that’s probably one of the things Oh No and Hungry Hearts have together. We have that passion behind it that keeps us going.”
They’ll kick off their month-long tour on June 2 with a CD release party at the Capital Complex in Fredericton. From there, both bands will take to the road playing bars, theatres, and one gig in a barn on PEI.
Both groups feel their music will serve as a strong anchor for their sets. The albums: We’re All Underachieving from the Oh No camp and It’s Love from the Hearts reflect two different styles of music. While McLaughlin says his band’s album deals with not living up to standards, Guidry and bandmate Ryan Gallen drew influence from the pains and joys of growing up and falling in love.
That content combined with the slick, high quality production value of both albums – recorded in Fredericton – and the bands believe they have two products worthy of new audiences.
“I think it’s going to change the way people look at us,” says Guidry.
The Never Let Go tour kicks off on Thursday, June 2 at 10pm at the Capital Complex, 362 Queen St. in Fredericton. Tickets are $7, $5 with a student ID. Available in advance at Reads Newsstand, 435 King St., 454-5333.
Saint John – June 4 at Pepper’s Pub, 1 Market Square. Show starts at 10pm.
Bathurst – June 17 at the Place 2Be, 2050 Saint Peter Ave., 547-8003. 10pm.
Fredericton – June 21 at Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte St. 454-6952. Show begins at 7pm.
Moncton – June 23 at Plan B, 212 St. George St. 384-2019 at 7 pm.
In the Dead of Winter Festival 2011 – Featured band: Oh No Theodore!
“The In the Dead of Winter Festival is an acoustic based festival that will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada annually on the last weekend of January. The goal of the festival is to bring a diverse group of acoustic musicians together to not only perform but to also meet one another in a professional environment. The festival aims to showcase the diversity of acoustic music in the Atlantic Region, Canada, and the United States. It is of particular importance to the festival to not only celebrate the excellence of our musicians but to also provide venues for artists who have not yet had the opportunity to perform their music to a wider audience.”
– IDOW website
2011 will mark IDOW’s 6th year running and will kick off this Wednesday, January 26th!
This years artists are as follows:
Jenn Grant / Brandi Disterheft / Mary Gauthier / Oh Susanna / David Francey / CR Avery / Snailhouse / Olenka & the Autumn Lovers / The Olympic Symphonium / Mark Berube / Rae Spoon / Sherman Downey / Ambre McLean / Banded Stilts / Ben Caplan / Bonnie Ste.-Croix / Hopeful Monster / Ian Fitzgerald / Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble / Ivan & Alyosha / Matthew Hornell / Michael Jerome Browne / Morgan MacDonald / New Country Rehab / Oh No Theodore! / Papillion & Honeyman / Smokin’ Contra Band / Pat LePoidevin / Paper Beat Scissors / Zachary Lucky / Charlotte Cornfield / Abigail Lapell / Abramson Singers / Corey Isenor / Cyndi Cain / Heather Green / Matthew Byrne / It Kills
You can check out the festival schedule HERE
Our featured band for this years festival is Oh No Theodore!
We ran into the band last summer, when Isaac went out to covered their show at Gus’ Pub and was completely blown away! We highly recommend checking out this band if you get the chance. They will be playing at The Bus stop Theatre on Friday Jan. 28th – and it is NOT TO BE MISSED.
Cranking out tunes for food bank (Oh No, Theodore!)
Written by Administrator
Some of the region’s most talented musicians will sing for suppers this holiday season at the annual Christmas Cover Show in support of the Fredericton Food Bank.
Since 2001, local concert promoters have been organizing events near the Christmas holidays that ask bands from the area to put together a setlist of songs from some of the biggest groups in the world.
Popular acts such as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Weezer, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg, Nirvana, and New Order have all received the cover-show treatment in the past, giving Fredericton music fans an opportunity to see homegrown groups having fun with radio-friendly hits.
On Thursday evening at The Capital Bar, Oh No, Theodore! will tackle The Arcade Fire’s songbook, musicians from several local bands will unite to pay tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Westerberg Suicides will give the audience a new take on Sloan.
Upstairs in The Wilser’s Room, Richie Gloade will treat fans to a taste of Jack Johnson and Hubcap Valley will perform a special country tribute.
Audiences pay a small cover charge at the door and are asked to bring non-perishable items for the food bank.
Show promoter Zach Atkinson said the annual effort has helped contribute more than $1,000 per year to this important cause.
“We always do well. Last year at Christmas, I’d say we raised more than $1,500. The amount of food we take in varies, but we usually get at least two or three decent-sized boxes of food to go with (the cash donation),” he said.
“We donated money and the non-perishable food items to the food bank and we also donated money to the Brendon Oreto Foundation, (which helps children take part in organized sports).”
He said many Fredericton residents who now live in other areas make plans to be home in time for the event.
“It definitely seems to have become a tradition for a lot of people,” he said.
“I don’t think it matters who’s playing. It’s just the fact that it’s supporting a good cause, lots of good people are involved and it’s a fun night.”
Kyle Albright, who plays guitar with orchestral rock collective Oh No, Theodore!, said his band is excited to give something back to the community.
“This is going to be awesome. It’s a really great cause. And the bonus is that I’ve gone to these cover shows since I moved to Fredericton. They’re always so much fun and now I’m actually going to play in one,” he said.
“Any little bit helps. People are strapped for cash this time of year, so anything that will help the food banks do what they need to do is a really great thing.”
He said the band is busy working out the intricate arrangements of The Arcade Fire’s songbook. The process, he said, is quite different from their usual band practices.
“It’s kind of fun to learn other people’s stuff and it’ll be cool to get up on stage and not play any of our own music,” he said.
“None of us had really learned these songs before. We all loved them, but we didn’t actually sit down and work out the dynamics of the individual songs and learn all the other parts.”
Albright said he believes it’s going to be an exciting night of music.
“You get to see bands performing out of their element,” he said.
“I’m really pumped to see The Westerberg Suicides play Sloan (songs). I think that’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Thursday, 06 January 2011 14:04
Some of the biggest names in music are set to play…Fredericton? Brace yourself: for one night only our itty bitty city will receive the star treatment when a monster roster of bands, including The Arcade Fire, Sloan, Jack Johnson and The Red Hot Chili Peppers take to the stage at The Capital Complex.
Okay, I lied. These bands won’t ACTUALLY be gracing our fair city this week. But they will be here in spirit as local musicians The Westerberg Suicides, 30ft Smurf, Hubcap Valley, Richie Gloade and Oh, No Theodore! try their luck at imitating these musical heavyweights during the annual Christmas Cover Show.
“When it comes down to it, it’s just fun for everybody,” says the Capital’s booking agent Zach Atkinson. “To keep doing it every year it’s because it’s tradition in a lot of ways. We’re coming up on a 10 year stint of this event.”
While the show started out as yet another excuse to party during the holidays, Atkinson says it’s turned into a great way to raise money as well. Each year proceeds from the show go toward the Fredericton Food Bank and one other charity. Instead of showing up during the ever-charitable Christmas season, Atkinson says they come around when the money is really needed.
“There’s a big surplus of stuff coming in around the holidays,” he says. “We walk in after everything’s quieted down, and we’ll donate a fair amount of money to the food bank when everything’s at this point pretty much tapped out, because of the holidays. For an organization like that, it’s hard to keep the flow of donations coming throughout the year.”
Atkinson put out the call to Freddy-based musicians that he figured were up to the challenge. Oh, No Theodore! lead singer Jeremy McLaughlin says the band was stoked when Atkinson asked them to take part in this tradition, although, as we knock back some late-night coffee, he admits it’s a strange project for them.
“It seems like the songwriting process is easier than playing other people’s songs,” he admits. “You not only want to do them justice, but when I write a song I have a certain idea of what I want it to sound like, as opposed to taking something someone else is doing and put another curve on it.”
Even though the seven-piece band has frequently been compared to The Arcade Fire, McLaughlin and bandmates Kyle Albright and Alethea Dinkins say their styles are quite different.
“It’s outside of our box to what we’re used to doing,” says McLaughlin. “I don’t have any screaming parts in any of my songs, and at least twice a song I’m going to be belting out at the top of my lungs.”
But they’re launching into this with rabid excitement, and have enlisted some of their music pals to come along for the ride. Hungry Hearts frontman Adam Guidry will join on percussion, Emily Steeves will hop on vocals and Dillon Anthony will take on keys and pedal steel.
The Capital Christmas Cover Show is Thursday, Dec. 16 at 8pm at The Capital Complex, 362 Queen St., Fredericton. 459-3558.
Hubcap Valley Country Showcase & Richie Gloade in the Wilser’s Room starts at 8pm. 30ft Smurf, Westerberg Suicides and Oh, No Theodore! are down in the Capital Bar beginning at 11pm. Cover is $6 or $5 with two non-perishable food items.