Iconic Canadian art-rockers Rheostatics discovered some kindred spirits in Vankleek Hill, the place the band is about to play its first Ottawa-area present in 12 years at Beau’s Oktoberfest this weekend.
“It’s nothing private,” co-frontman Dave Bidini says of the absence, after Rheostatics bid their followers farewell at their closing curtain name at Massey Corridor in March 2007.
However a gradual reunion that started in 2015 — with core members Bidini, Martin Tielli, Tim Vesely and Dave Clark joined by Kevin Hearn on keys and Hugh Marsh on violin — now has the band again out on the highway, with a particular tour cease scheduled at Beau’s, because the brewery unveils a limited-batch concoction in tribute to the band known as Parliament of Bushes.
Bidini spoke to Postmedia in regards to the band’s breakup, reunion, some new materials within the works, and this weekend’s huge Beerbash:
Q: Rheostatics reunited in 2015 to carry out Music Impressed by the Group of Seven. What acquired the band again collectively?
A: We simply wished to play that report once more and play that present once more. We had solely ever carried out it 4 occasions dwell (together with the 1995 premiere on the Nationwide Gallery of Canada, which commissioned the manufacturing). It was developing on the twentieth anniversary, and I began speaking with the Artwork Gallery of Ontario, who had been mounting a Group of Seven exhibition.
Getting the fellows collectively to play a largely-instrumental work was rather a lot simpler than getting them to pour out our hearts and souls into deeply private autobiographical songs from our repertoire.
So we acquired to cover behind the spectacle of the manufacturing a bit, after which realized afterward we nonetheless match very well collectively so far as the music and personalities, so we thought enjoying past that may be the following step.
So we performed Massey Corridor once more, then did a couple of runs on the Horseshoe Tavern, and we went out to Winnipeg – we’re actually taking it gradual.
However we’re all collectively on the highway, seeing the way it goes and attempting to navigate our approach via a final act, I assume, actually. And that may hopefully embody some recording in December after which a brand new report a while in 2018.
Q: Will we be listening to some new materials on the present?
A: It’s a curse and a blessing by way of materials, we now have a lot of it. And now with Dave Clark writing songs for the final 20 years together with his bands, and with Kevin Hearn, we now have successfully 5 songwriters within the band.
So we now have a lot new materials, which is kinda nice, however to get it all the way down to 10 songs for an album is hard. It’s nice to have the ability to come out and play music that was made and written now versus being a nostalgia act, who simply performs their 10 hottest songs. That mentioned, we’ll most likely do a few of that in Vankleek Hill, simply because that’s enjoyable too.
Q: Was the preliminary breakup amicable, or was there pressure within the band at the moment?
A: There’s all the time pressure in a band. There needs to be to ensure that the sparks to be created, or for these sparks to end in thrilling issues. However there was by no means any animosity, it was actually largely fatigue.
We navigated our musical lives on our personal phrases, and perhaps to a fault at occasions. However we wouldn’t have completed it another approach. We solely took the dates we wished to play, we solely performed the locations we wished to play in, we solely made the data we wished to make. Had we existed in numerous occasions, we might have discovered methods to keep up the well being of the band, and definitely the monetary well being of the band. However we didn’t do company gigs, and we didn’t do music for tv, we had been form of stubbornly creative. And that’s tougher to grind it out. And we acquired bored with that. It simply burned us out.
We most likely ought to have simply taken a break, however we did that Massey Corridor present in 2007 considering that might be an effective way to finish our profession. Now I don’t know the way it’s going to finish. I hope it ends effectively.
Q: How did you get into the beer enterprise with Beau’s and Parliament of Bushes?
A: Effectively, we’re not likely within the beer enterprise. Beau’s are nice folks, we love their beer, and we had been simply flattered after they requested us if we might lend our efforts. They’re an excellent impartial rock band in their very own proper. Taking that leap of religion to do one thing others haven’t completed and being artistic and magical about it. Taking one thing longstanding from that actually stable dwelling store and letting it unfold slowly, kind of inexorably throughout the land as a result of it’s good – not as a result of there’s a large advertising and marketing marketing campaign. It’s as a result of what they do is admittedly sincere and true.
We’re proof in a bizarre approach that you are able to do it —you are able to do what you just do by being your self. So, kindred spirits for certain.
What: Beer, meals, music, halfway, video games, a 50-foot ferris wheel and extra!
When: Friday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The place: Vankleek Fairgrounds, 92 Major St. W., Vankleek Hill
Tickets: Every day and weekend passes out there
Extra info: beausoktoberfest.ca