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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Casanova Playboys performances in alphabetical order:
Shark Tank (Edmonton) - The Opposed
Reds (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, At Arms Length
Cook County Saloon (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys
Elena's House (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys
A Channel (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys
Reds (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Stereotherapy, At Arms Length
Livewire (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys
Millwoods Stock (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Warriors, LSD
Reds (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Uncle Outrage, Lost Action Heroes, The Phi Effect, Portal, Chick Maggot, At Arms Length, Difinity, Sierra, Stereotherapy
Railway Club Shindig (Vancouver) - The Casanova Playboys, The Rub, Foster Kare
Media Club (Vancouver) - The Casanova Playboys, The No No Spots, Automatic Fancy, Channels 3X4
Colchester Hall (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Awol
Maple Ridge Fest (Maple Ridge) - The Casanova Playboys
Media Club (Vancouver) - The Casanova Playboys, Les Seantistes, Cody Westman, The Late BP Helium, 9 MM Love Songs, James Husband
Wunderbar (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys
The Fox (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, 9 MM Love Songs, North Of Shorty
Athabasca Fest (Athabasca) - The Casanova Playboys
Vegreville Pub (Vegreville) - The Casanova Playboys
The Roxy (Vancouver) - The Casanova Playboys, Jeff Johnson
Media Club Summerfest (Vancouver) - The Casanova Playboys
The Underground (Calgary) - The Casanova Playboys
Buds (Saskatoon) - The Casanova Playboys
Savoy (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, The Omega Theory
Urban Lounge (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, The Omega Theory
RKM Music (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys
The Piccadilly (Vancouver) - The Casanova Playboys, My Fatal Pride, Marble Rye
New City (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Electric Six, The Rubber Maids
Starlite Room (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, The Fabulous Bee Feeders, Red Ram
Cowboys (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Red Ram
New City (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Kelly and the Kelly Girls, Michelle Boudreau
Velvet Underground (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Oh Four What
Shaw Theatre (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Brandon Paris Band
Velvet Underground (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Cockatoo
Tequila (Calgary) - The Casanova Playboys, Down
The Stetson (Calgary) - The Casanova Playboys
The Sidetrack (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Tarada Hills
The Sidetrack (Edmonton) - The Casanova Playboys, Jimmy Swift Band
Bellerose (St Albert) - The Casanova Playboys, Radio For Help
Monday, August 27, 2012
For a band name like Awol, you would expect brains in a blender. The question is, what are you going to say, really? Soldier runs away. Can't find an escape. Alas, there is Jamie Star. The only one who can make the word national sound like a swear word. But let's start at the beginning.
In late 1997, fourteen year old Jamie Salloum eagerly desired to enter a province-wide battle of the bands. He recruited his younger brother Nathan and friend Zack Yerxa. The boys called the group Nidus and rehearsed the songs endlessly. With enough luck, they managed to receive the first place prize out of twenty aspiring bands, winning recording time at Powersound studios. Ironically, Nidus was the youngest act in the competition.
The champions recorded the winning single "Rotten" and the band was officially born with all rites of passage. In the next year and a half, the group formulated an intense metal sound and played show after show. By the summer of 1999, Nidus changed the name to Awol. Jamie was popular in the city music scene recording bands, putting on shows and other fun musical endeavours.
The first bootleg demo "Rednecks Have No Fun" was released in October 1999 at Punk Rock Cafe for $5 a copy. The show featured bands like local legends Special Guest and Strength in Solitude. At this time, Awol was asked to play more shows and grew popular in the underground music scene. Jamie acted crazy on stage, letting out unpredictable screams and sounds that showered you with laugh after laugh. The intense live shows and bursting energy created a buzz in the streets.
In March 2000, Awol flew to Vancouver to record the first self-titled album with Jonathan Fluevog at Vogville recording. The studio sessions challenged the youngsters but they prevailed on producing some great classics like "The Mainstream Sucks" "Uncle Sam" and "It Could Be Worse". High school continued on and Awol morphed into the halls handing out flyers to the shows. Postering and practicing, writing and recording. Some of the coolest local bands made way into Jamie's Basement.
The summer was ripe, exciting and full of shows. In September 2000, Awol recorded the first batch of songs to be sent to record producer Jonathan Fluevog. Awol spent many hours in the studio writing and producing different styles and genres. The goal was to make a mega commercial album that could not fail. By the end of the year, Awol won first place at the Mcnally Battle of the Bands. Mitch Miller had joined the group as the second guitar for a more heavier sound.
Jamie immersed himself even more in the scene and as a result, more opportunities came for the band. In May 2001, Mitch quit and was replaced by Adam Thompson. Awol continued to write and record, sending the music to Jonathan in the off time when there wasn't a gig. Jamie graduated high school and Awol played a few out of town gigs here and there.
Adam quit the band and moved on with his life. Jamie had to find a job and continue various projects on his own. Zack quit high school to work at a radio station. Nathan continued school and wrote his own material. The last batch cleverly titled "Um Ya" was recorded in 2002. Jamie recorded bands for money and played drums for Chick Maggot and The Opposed. He also produced his angst side project called The Footnotes.
After a failed relationship in early 2004, Jamie decided to reunite Awol once again. They played a reunion show and proceeded plans on recording "Ladies and Gentlemen" at Grandmother Sound. The band decided to change the name again to The Casanova Playboys. The young starlings flew to Vancouver and mixed "Ladies and Gentlemen" with Jonathan. The tracks were sent after to Colorado to be mastered by Dominick Maita at Airshow. The sound of the album exceeded all expectations from everybody and the skies looked very promising.
The Casanova Playboys had to think big from the start. Zack called his long time friend Williem Manchuk to play keyboards. There was an instant connection. Soon after, Cody Nouta responded to an ad to play lead guitar. The group started jamming regularily. Radio interviews, industry shows, fundraisers and media response followed. The Casanova Playboys moved to Vancouver in September 2004, except Nathan. Cody left after a couple days. The band was forced to replace the entire front line.
Jonathan hooked up a promising guitar player named Joshua Parrett. Jamie, Will and Zack lived in a shabby house in East Vancouver, jamming in the basement every night, recording at Vogville during the day and meeting industry contacts at the clubs. Played with The No No Spots at the Media Club and The Rub at the Railway. Things seemed to be going right for The Casanova Playboys, other than they were running out of money fast. Drum techs and assistants are expensive in the recording realm.
A proposed performance with the Scissor Sisters hung on the fridge. Zack left back to Edmonton to pursue a music director job. Jamie and Will moved back home leaving Josh behind. The band went on hiatus for a while but reunited on talks of recording a record. "Low Noise" was to be completed long distance fashion. Jamie Star flew back and forth week after week tracking vocals. The album was a work in progress and took considerable time to finish.
By the end of 2005, production was coming to a close and Fluevog mixed the album, sending the songs to Sterling Sound in New York City to be mastered by Ted Jensen. Finally, a rock solid album. The Casanova Playboys found the pot of gold waiting for them. In the spring of 2006, Josh moved to Edmonton and Mitch came back to play bass. The fivesome played constantly, performed constantly and promoted constantly.
Once again, the group was on fire playing every week all over Canada with bands like Electric Six, Jeff Johnson and Kelly and the Kelly girls. The Casanova Playboys were respectively named Band of the Month at the local rock station and other various pop stations around the country received the single "Burlesque". The audience loved the band's fresh live sound and the path seemed clear until the band collapsed on its own. Personal problems got in the way of the business.
The band released "Low Noise" at the CD release party in January 2007. Within a couple of weeks, the band broke up and shows were cancelled. More coming business, touring opportunities and distribution proposition was axed. Zack decided to move back to Vancouver and Josh followed him after. Jamie, Will and Mitch continued with their lives apart from eachother. Jamie spent all of his time in the studio recording electro pop music and growing without his band.
His music and soul all of the sudden was trapped in a memory. Nobody can say what it feels like to lose something so dear and precious until you lose yourself. From there, many voids need to be filled. With that said, Jamie started his new band called Jamie Stars Storyland and produced "Emergency" in 2007. He went back into the hotel business, spending a couple years working with many different people in many different situations.
Soon enough, reality started drowning the young singer. In 2009, Jamie started promoting Casanova again. That led to more guitar playing and Jamie assembled an amazing catalogue of acoustic songs. 2011 brought Mitch Magic back again in town, forming a heavy trio with Cockatoo drummer Dave Rebus. Although it only lasted half a year, Jamie Stars Storyland released a great video of the tour. In 2012, Jamie released "B Sides", unreleased tunes from 2007.
Jamie Star, the musical prince of prose. Keep a look out. He may come to your town one day if somebody will get off their behind and actually fund amazing bands. That would be a great start. More to come!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
I hear Burlesque, 3 times a day. What's with that?? lol. I love it!!!
Let the light shine your way and the stars guide your steps.
You guys definitely have a lot of talent.
Hey guys, I really love your sound, it's fresh and comforting and I loved it the minute I heard. I would love to see you all live!!! Have a good one!
Just discovered you recently guys and I must say you blew my mind. The sound is brilliant and I just can't stop listening to So Not Sorry. I wish you the great success and if you're on tour, it would be such a pleasure to visit your show.
Hi guys, hows it goin? I was listening to a few of your tracks they're really good. Good thats what I like.
I'm really enjoying listening to your music. Hope to see you guys live one day :)
I'll spread the word around to all my friends. Where can I find more?
Guys! I was wondering if you made a video for So Not Sorry? Every time I hear that song, it sends me shivers. It's awesome.
Your amazing! Thanks for the great songs it helps me when I had the hard times. So keep them coming and you rock don't ever change. :)
I wonder if it's possible to hear more of your tracks? It would be nice if you can give me some directions on how to download your music to my iphone...
I want to play to my friends.
great sound, great band
and of course great songs
best wishes Ron
Hey, your music is really good, I will write a review for your band and send you the link when it's done.
Anyway keep up the good work!
I like your music a lot! Wish you much success!