PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC ALPER/EONE MUSIC CANADA
Catch Canada’s newest ‘supergroup’, Crash Karma, at The 40 on Oct. 16.
The term ‘supergroup’ has been around for decades but only a handful of these types of bands may come to mind for most of us.
Daisy Chain (above) kicks off the 16th annual Band Jam for Cancer research this Friday night at 7 p.m. while Nuthin’ But Trouble (below) wraps it all up Saturday night. Fourteen bands are expected to play throughout this weekend at The 40. Tickets available at the door. (SUBMITTED)
These are groups made up of players who came from different bands that either continued on or disbanded altogether. As of late there seems to be more and more of them popping up on the rock’n’ roll landscape.
Some examples include Chickenfoot, Velvet Revolver and Them Crooked Vultures (a three-way collaboration involving Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John-Paul Jones).
If you go back further, you get the granddaddy of all supergroups — Cream, the legendary ’60s power trio made up of Scotsman Jack Bruce on bass and vocals, ex-Yardbird Eric Clapton on lead guitar and vocals, and jazz drummer Ginger Baker.
Or how about Power Station, a solid ’80s rock combo comprised by Robert Palmer on vocals, John and Andy Taylor from Duran Duran, and Tony Thompson (formerly of Chic) on drums.
Then there was the Damn Yankees, which enjoyed short-lived success with guitar-legend Ted Nugent, Jack Blades from Nightranger, Tommy Shaw of Styx and Michael Carellone on drums.
We can’t leave out Asia, Bad English or Emerson Lake and Palmer, Temple of the Dog, The Travelling Wilburys — the list goes on and on...
Canada’s latest supergroup — Crash Karma — just happens to be coming to Brandon on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at The 40. They’re ripping through the Great White North in support of their sophomore album Rock Musique Deluxe.
All shows feature support act One Bad Son who some readers of this column may have caught at Rockin’ The Fields in Minnedosa this summer. The tour began Sept. 19. in Burlington, Ont. and will conclude on Oct. 24 in Toronto.
When they roared to life with their super-powered self-titled debut album in 2010, singer Edwin (formerly of I Mother Earth), guitarist Mike Turner (ex-Our Lady Peace), drummer Jeff Burrows (The Tea Party) and bassist Amir Epstein (Zygote) were musical peers with separate but equal pasts.
Almost three years later to the day, with their sophomore album Rock Musique Deluxe, they have grown into a band of brothers with a shared musical vision they’re willing to fight for.
"When we first got together, I didn’t know the guys," says bassist and main songwriter Epstein, who set up the musical blind date that launched the band in 2008. "I wasn’t friends with them and they weren’t friends with each other. So we weren’t very comfortable in the studio. Everybody was on their best behaviour. If someone made a suggestion someone else didn’t like, there wasn’t much criticism. Nobody wanted to offend.
"Since then, we’ve played together, we’ve recorded together, we’ve toured together. And we’ve become close, a bunch of buddies," Epstein said. "We know everything about each other now — all the dark secrets.
"So it was a lot different in the studio. We were comfortable, honest and open with one another. And it was way more opinionated — ‘That sucks! Do it again!’ Instead of everybody doing what they wanted, we did what was best. And we ended up making a stronger album because of it."
That cocktail of camaraderie, confidence and creative conflict is the spark that ignites the high-octane Rock Musique Deluxe.
Co-produced by the band and studio veteran Terry Brown (Rush, Max Webster, Voivod) in their Toronto hometown, the lean, muscular album takes up where previous Top 10 hits "Awake" and "Fight" left off and heads into new sonic terrain.
The first single, an empowering modern rock gem entitled "Tomorrow", features the inimitable Ian D’sa of Billy Talent guesting on bass. The track has debuted at No. 33 on Canada’s rock chart just two weeks after being released. It jumped to number No. 27 last week.
At a time when real rock is in short supply, Crash Karma are proud to wear the genre on their sleeve.
"I know there’s still a lot of rock fans out there," Edwin says. "I don’t think rock is dead. I think it will always make a revival in some form. And if we can have a part in that, in putting it front and centre a little bit, I would be greatly honoured."
See Crash Karma live at The 40 on Oct. 16. Advance tickets are $15, available at the front desk of the Trails West motor inn or call 204-727-3800 to charge by phone.
Or see them absolutely free of charge! Happenings on the Scene is giving you a chance to win tickets to their exclusive soundcheck party where you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the guys.
Enter here to win a pair of passes — email your name to email@example.com. You must be 18+ to enter.
Prerequisites for supergroup
1. There have to be at least three members.
2. They have to have released at least one album -- no all-star jams.
3. A majority of their band members have to have been in well-known bands before the supergroup formed.
4. A supergroup cannot be formed by a well-known musician joining a pre-existing band — no Van Hagar.
~ Guitar World magazine
Singing Crash Karma praises
"Rock Musique Deluxe is an invigorating mix of memorable choruses, rhythm-section mastery and fine spacey/crunchy guitar work. Edwin has lost none of his pop-star swagger and lays down a no-nonsense rock vocal style characterized by his ability to both hit the sweet notes and lean on the choruses when the tunes call for it. Hard hitting." ~ Scene Magazine, London, Ont.
"The hooks, muscular grooves and beefy guitars are well suited to both classic and modern rock radio. Crash Karma — rock revivalists with a sense of purpose."
~ New Canadian Music
16th Annual Band Jam for cancer research ready to rock
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the Prairies and there are plenty of events during which you can show your support.
Last Sunday the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure — Canada’s largest single-day, community driven fundraising event supporting breast cancer research, education and advocacy programs — was held in Brandon.
What an amazing sight as more than 600 participants united at Assiniboine Community College to show their support. I’m happy to report that the number of participants from all the events that took place in 10 locations across the Prairies and Northwest Territories totalled well over 33,000.
With one in nine Canadian women diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives, breast cancer touches too many people in one way or another.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, along with its countless community and corporate partners, donors, participants, volunteers and funded-researchers, invite Canadians to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month and help the foundation create a future without breast cancer.
Whether or not you participated in last weekend’s Run for the Cure, you may want to run down to The 40 for a change of pace and dance this weekend away to show your support for cancer research.
It’s the 16th annual Band Jam for Cancer, featuring 14 bands over Friday and Saturday nights.
Tickets are $10, available at the door, and all the money goes directly to the Brandon office of the Canadian Cancer Society. There will also be a 50/50 draw each night along with various prize draws throughout the weekend.
There’ll be seven bands each night, starting at 7 p.m.
Band Jam 2013 Schedule:
FRIDAY, Oct 11
7 p.m. — Daisy Chain
8 p.m. — Death By Satellite
9 p.m. — Blacklight Buddha
10 p.m. — A Purposeful Grimace
11 p.m. — Common Sense Hero
Midnight — 18 Rabbit
1 a.m. — Dusty Tucker
SATURDAY, OCT 12
7 p.m. — Darth’s Brother Jeff
8 p.m. — Pacing The Cage
9 p.m. — The Pinups
10 p.m. — The Junk
11 p.m. — FUGR
Midnight — Clubbing Fraggles
1 a.m. — Nuthin But Trouble
Frank McGwire is a radio personality and booster of the music scene in Brandon and Westman.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 10, 2013