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  • in reply to: More old pics #1126829
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    Originally posted by Mike
    Is that a Les Paul Adam is playing??


    No, its a Shergold Meteor. Nice guitar, very rare these days too.

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    Originally posted by Mike
    Any garage jams happening with Jimmy?


    No, just a night out with a few beers!

    in reply to: Previously unseen Swervedriver video #1126648
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    Some kind soul has fixed the audio sync-

    in reply to: Previously unseen Swervedriver video #1165310
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    Some kind soul has fixed the audio sync-

    in reply to: Select mag UK (1991) article on the up and coming #1165207
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    Wow. Nice. I have no recollection of this piece, so great to see it.

    in reply to: Select mag UK (1991) article on the up and coming #1126545
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    Wow. Nice. I have no recollection of this piece, so great to see it.

    in reply to: what song should they play on Fallon? #1125947
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    Just to get your juices going further- I worked this TV show a few months ago and they request that you play two songs, one for broadcast and another for the webcast. So all y’all who are wishing for your ONE favourite are 50% short! Congratulations and good luck to the chaps for this one, by the way.

    in reply to: what song should they play on Fallon? #1164609
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    Just to get your juices going further- I worked this TV show a few months ago and they request that you play two songs, one for broadcast and another for the webcast. So all y’all who are wishing for your ONE favourite are 50% short! Congratulations and good luck to the chaps for this one, by the way.

    in reply to: I was wrong about 2012 drummer – it is Mikey #1125866
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    Originally posted by mpavlic08
    I might be wrong, but I believe it was Danny Ingram who filled in for them in 1992. There also might have been another drummer who did one or two shows BEFORE Ingram filled in, but I could be wrong on that.


    No, you are perfectly correct on both counts. Danny Ingram took over the drum seat from the Vancouver show onwards. There was another Dan before him, Dan Morgan of Minneapolis band Run Westy Run, who was kind enough to jump in with very little notice and played four shows with us in Toronto,Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis.

    in reply to: I was wrong about 2012 drummer – it is Mikey #1164528
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    Originally posted by mpavlic08
    I might be wrong, but I believe it was Danny Ingram who filled in for them in 1992. There also might have been another drummer who did one or two shows BEFORE Ingram filled in, but I could be wrong on that.


    No, you are perfectly correct on both counts. Danny Ingram took over the drum seat from the Vancouver show onwards. There was another Dan before him, Dan Morgan of Minneapolis band Run Westy Run, who was kind enough to jump in with very little notice and played four shows with us in Toronto,Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis.

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    in reply to: Skyscraper #1124384
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    OK, so I had a couple of listens the other day which was the first time that I have heard it in quite a few years and overall (if I put aside some uncomfortable memories it raised) I found that the album holds up very well. Its not as instantly accessible as ‘Superstate’ perhaps (which was also the title of the first album and is not to be confused with the track of the same name on ‘Shooters’) but with a few repeated listenings it opens up and is just as rewarding- especially if you are a fan of what can be done with a distorted electric guitar. Its a much darker work than ‘Superstate’ and in some ways its more complex, especially some of the instrumentation. Vic Kemlicz (guitarist/vocalist) was always a fan of unusual chord voicings and this album is full of them. In fact Vic and Adam Lamprell (second guitarist who joined after the release of ‘Superstate’) work together incredibly well- between them making a tangled mesh of what one reviewer referred to as a ‘blinding white light of superlative crunch and grind’ and what they do is always interesting and frequently startling. I’ve always been blessed with working with idiosyncratic guitarists (Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge being the other two fine examples, of course) and Vic and Adam really deliver on this album. It contains many familiar Skyscraper characteristics, the frequent use of 3 over 4 timing tricks and plenty of Digitech Whammy 1 shallow detune for example, and the pair of them never seem to let an opportunity past without twisting a guitar part into something more harmonically, texturally or sonically interesting than it would have been in lesser hands.
    Much credit also has to go to drummer Craig Coggle, as it was his arrival during the writing sessions (that were not progressing well prior to this point) that kick started the whole process back into life. His performance on much of the album is fantastic- check out the outro of ‘Pick Me Up’ for confirmation- and even when he is sitting back supporting events elsewhere he is rock solid. The whole album wouldn’t have been possible without him and in this respect he is possibly the most vital member of the band.
    There are less ‘pop’ songs on the album (no three minute singalongs like ‘Petrified’ or ‘Never Again’ both of which made Single Of The Week in the UK rock press) but that doesn’t mean that its a bleak experience, ‘Fly’ is possibly one of the most melodic pieces the band ever wrote and ‘Bury Me’ has a quiet grace that is a good counterpoint to the rest of the album.
    In a way ‘Shooters’ is actually a truer picture of the band. The songs that made up ’Superstate’ were recorded at four or five different sessions over a period of three years whereas ‘Shooters’ was done in one two-week burst during 1997 and due to the budget restrictions that the band were operating under at the time its a much more live recording and is probably pretty close to what the band sounded like in concert.
    If we take the dictionary definition of progression, which is ‘a movement or development toward a destination or more advanced state’ then ‘Shooters’ is not a progression from ‘Superstate’ as its not a bigger, better version of it. It is, however, a progression in that it is a different version of the same band and the result is a side step from ‘Superstate’ rather than a step forward. Its an exercise in expanding ‘Superstate’s core power and as such it has many fine moments. Anyone who needs introducing to Skyscraper should probably start with ‘Superstate’ as the song hooks will get you straight away and if you like what you hear, then listening to ‘Shooters’ will also pay off in spades.

    By the way, if anyone is a Facebook user there is a page that contains all the video footage of the band, a press gallery, discography and rare live photos etc here- http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/pages/Skyscraper/195345000480936

    If you are not on Facebook, then the video footage is also all up on YouTube-
    http://www.youtube.co

    in reply to: Skyscraper #1163046
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    OK, so I had a couple of listens the other day which was the first time that I have heard it in quite a few years and overall (if I put aside some uncomfortable memories it raised) I found that the album holds up very well. Its not as instantly accessible as ‘Superstate’ perhaps (which was also the title of the first album and is not to be confused with the track of the same name on ‘Shooters’) but with a few repeated listenings it opens up and is just as rewarding- especially if you are a fan of what can be done with a distorted electric guitar. Its a much darker work than ‘Superstate’ and in some ways its more complex, especially some of the instrumentation. Vic Kemlicz (guitarist/vocalist) was always a fan of unusual chord voicings and this album is full of them. In fact Vic and Adam Lamprell (second guitarist who joined after the release of ‘Superstate’) work together incredibly well- between them making a tangled mesh of what one reviewer referred to as a ‘blinding white light of superlative crunch and grind’ and what they do is always interesting and frequently startling. I’ve always been blessed with working with idiosyncratic guitarists (Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge being the other two fine examples, of course) and Vic and Adam really deliver on this album. It contains many familiar Skyscraper characteristics, the frequent use of 3 over 4 timing tricks and plenty of Digitech Whammy 1 shallow detune for example, and the pair of them never seem to let an opportunity past without twisting a guitar part into something more harmonically, texturally or sonically interesting than it would have been in lesser hands.
    Much credit also has to go to drummer Craig Coggle, as it was his arrival during the writing sessions (that were not progressing well prior to this point) that kick started the whole process back into life. His performance on much of the album is fantastic- check out the outro of ‘Pick Me Up’ for confirmation- and even when he is sitting back supporting events elsewhere he is rock solid. The whole album wouldn’t have been possible without him and in this respect he is possibly the most vital member of the band.
    There are less ‘pop’ songs on the album (no three minute singalongs like ‘Petrified’ or ‘Never Again’ both of which made Single Of The Week in the UK rock press) but that doesn’t mean that its a bleak experience, ‘Fly’ is possibly one of the most melodic pieces the band ever wrote and ‘Bury Me’ has a quiet grace that is a good counterpoint to the rest of the album.
    In a way ‘Shooters’ is actually a truer picture of the band. The songs that made up ’Superstate’ were recorded at four or five different sessions over a period of three years whereas ‘Shooters’ was done in one two-week burst during 1997 and due to the budget restrictions that the band were operating under at the time its a much more live recording and is probably pretty close to what the band sounded like in concert.
    If we take the dictionary definition of progression, which is ‘a movement or development toward a destination or more advanced state’ then ‘Shooters’ is not a progression from ‘Superstate’ as its not a bigger, better version of it. It is, however, a progression in that it is a different version of the same band and the result is a side step from ‘Superstate’ rather than a step forward. Its an exercise in expanding ‘Superstate’s core power and as such it has many fine moments. Anyone who needs introducing to Skyscraper should probably start with ‘Superstate’ as the song hooks will get you straight away and if you like what you hear, then listening to ‘Shooters’ will also pay off in spades.

    By the way, if anyone is a Facebook user there is a page that contains all the video footage of the band, a press gallery, discography and rare live photos etc here- http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/pages/Skyscraper/195345000480936

    If you are not on Facebook, then the video footage is also all up on YouTube-
    http://www.youtube.co

    in reply to: Skyscraper #1124225
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    Originally posted by Hairyhaw

    Adi – absolutely no idea what you’re opinion (and I’m wary of asking any musician what they think of their own stuff) of Shooters is after 15 years or so but I found my copy again after moving house a couple weeks ago. Never got truly into it at the time…but I’ve been absolutely caning it recently. “True Love” is a great, great tune. And so is “Superstate” and “Pick-me-Up”.

    Anyway, there you go.


    Thanks for the kind words, glad you like it. To be honest, I haven’t heard it for a long long time. I’m travelling at the moment and don’t have a copy of it on my iPod. I’ll have a listen to the CD when I get home and let you know my thoughts.
    I do remember that it was written and recorded in rather difficult circumstances though. There were personal, financial and political struggles going on through the whole thing. In fact, to all intents and purposes I left the band before the mixing was completed. It was only the obligation we had to Robin Proper Sheppard (who organised the financing and distribution of Dynosupreme Records) that stopped me from turning my back on it altogether. Which is what I eventually did anyway, so it was only delaying the inevitable.

    in reply to: Skyscraper #1162887
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    Originally posted by Hairyhaw

    Adi – absolutely no idea what you’re opinion (and I’m wary of asking any musician what they think of their own stuff) of Shooters is after 15 years or so but I found my copy again after moving house a couple weeks ago. Never got truly into it at the time…but I’ve been absolutely caning it recently. “True Love” is a great, great tune. And so is “Superstate” and “Pick-me-Up”.

    Anyway, there you go.


    Thanks for the kind words, glad you like it. To be honest, I haven’t heard it for a long long time. I’m travelling at the moment and don’t have a copy of it on my iPod. I’ll have a listen to the CD when I get home and let you know my thoughts.
    I do remember that it was written and recorded in rather difficult circumstances though. There were personal, financial and political struggles going on through the whole thing. In fact, to all intents and purposes I left the band before the mixing was completed. It was only the obligation we had to Robin Proper Sheppard (who organised the financing and distribution of Dynosupreme Records) that stopped me from turning my back on it altogether. Which is what I eventually did anyway, so it was only delaying the inevitable.

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