Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Exclusive:: Chris Page MP3 + A Date With A Smoke Machine Review

Taking a day off from the Best-of (tomorrow will be the EPs and TRUST ME, you will want to tune in for a bucketload of unreleased/new songs) to give Kelp rocker Chris Page some much deserved love. Every few months, I randomly get upset that the Pager hasn't delivered a new Camp Radio record in a few years, tweet the label like a smart ass and get on with my day. About a month ago, Jon replied with some news: Page has a new solo record and the new Camp Radio record is getting worked on as we speak. So, as excited as I am for more killer jams from CR, Chris' solo work is more than just a stop gap for fans.

A Date With a Smoke Machine is a stripped down effort that is essentially Page with his trusted axe, a sense of nostalgia and a freedom not often found in song writers repertoire. Sure, Page adds some harmonies, some well placed cymbal washes (Unwind, Unwind) or the occasional epic, slow build (Coax the End of the Day), but you could strip away everything but his voice and his guitar and the songs would still hit you the same way. They would still make you breath, make you bounce, force you to remember and help you to forget.

Whether it's the punchy rebellion of youth (Two Twenty-Twos) or the longing that overcomes you on the touching, Irish bar ready Quit While I'm Behind , Page presents his emotions clearly and succinctly, but always lets you run with your own thoughts. It's hard not to let your mind drift as you digest the slows strums of Hello Danger Bay or feel a little Ponce De Leon-ish when you pogo around your room (Fall Back Morning), but I guess that's what makes Page such a talented song writer. Every song forces you to listen, but he never bombards you with an onslaught of the sames. He touches on your sadness, but follows it up with an optimistic nod to life and the possibilities. Sadly, every beginning has an end, but every end can be a new beginning.

So, even though the single is the terrific TTT, Page is letting us offer up a new version of Slideshows. It's a fleshed out take on a demo from 5 years ago, but fits perfectly in this ever moving time capsule.

Slideshows (demo video)

MP3:: Chris Page - Slideshows

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

News:: (sort of) New music from Chris Page

I've been asking for a new Camp Radio record for an eternity now... but to no avail. The power punking trio is one of the most fun bands you'll find here in Canada. They write catchy, straight ahead hooks than make you move and every day we wait for new songs is one too many.

Looks like I'll have to settle for a new solo record from Chris Page instead. The front man for the band is back with another one-man journey and the track listing shows some new material and some reworked classics.

The lead single - Two Twenty-Twos is much more melodic than I expected to hear from the Bragg-influenced troubadour, almost as if he jumped into the Stuart Murdoch's pool for a quick dip. The strums still resonate and the emotion is still there, he's just added another layer. When your head starts bobbing, you realize the 1:47 song is kind of like a musical Lay's chip. You can't listen just once.

MP3:: Chris Page - Two Twenty-Twos
BUY:: Kelp Records

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