Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Shows/Events 2008 and older

INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW 2008
Friday Nov. 28th @ The Rivoli (Toronto)

8:00 Cold Dead Hands
8:30 Andy Butler and The 905’s
9:00 Wendy Ip
9:30 Square Root Of Margaret
10:00 The Human Statues
10:30 The Nines
11:00 The Matavaras
11:30 The Dropjoys

Saturday Nov. 29th @ 33 Hess (Hess Village, Hamilton)

Blind Mule
The Dirty Love Band
Square Root of Margaret

Dec. 19th & 20th @ The Elephant's Nest (Chatham)

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SHOWS ARCHIVE
Oct. 18, 2008 -=SROM=-Kitchener, ON. The Boathouse wsg... TO BE ANNOUNCED! www.srom.net
Sep. 13, 2008 -=SROM=-Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest wsg... TO BE ANNOUNCED! www.srom.net
Sep. 12, 2008 -=SROM=-Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest wsg... TO BE ANNOUNCED! www.srom.net
Sep. 06, 2008 -=SROM=- Chatham, ON. The KBD Club wsg The Sound of Static! The Peace Leeches! www.srom.net
November 16 / 17 - 2007: Eric Welton + Po Cadot @ Elephant's Nest in Chatham
AUG 19 - 2007 UNDERWATER SOLITAIRE - CD RELEASE PARTY @@@ TWISTERs in CHATHAM
Aug 5, 2007 Stillframe @ Twisters
Aug 3 + 4, 2007 Stillframe @ elephant's nest
Friday, July 07 Square Root of Margaret @ Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest
Friday, July 06 Square Root of Margaret @ Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest
June 23, 2007 Stillframe @ twisters
Friday, June 22 Square Root of Margaret @ The PHOG Lounge
April 6th, 2007 Square Root of Margaret @ Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest
April 6th, 2007 Square Root of Margaret @ Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest
March 17, 2007 The Incredible BOB HILTZ @ ELEPHANT's NEST in Chatham
Feb 23rd and 24th - The Incredible BOB HILTZ @ ELEPHANT's NEST in Chatham
Feb - 2 - 2007 - The Incredible BOB HILTZ @ Alibi's in WINDSOR
JAN 27, 2007 - UnderWater Solitaire @ Twisters in Chatham -- be there 7:00 pm
Dec. 30, 2006 - Square Root of Margaret @ Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest Happy Holidays Show!
Dec. 29, 2006 - Square Root of Margaret @ Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest wsg The Ride Theory!
Nov. 19, 2006 - Square Root of Margaret @ Chatham, ON. Twisters! ALL AGES SHOW! wsg The Ride Theory!
Nov. 18, 2006 - Square Root of Margaret @ Windsor, ON. The Phog Lounge opening for The Ride Theory!
Nov. 04, 2006 - Square Root of Margaret @ Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest more TBA!
Nov. 03, 2006 - Square Root of Margaret @ Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest more TBA!
Oct. 21, 2006 - The Incredible BOB HILTZ @ Alibi's in WINDSOR, ONTARIO
Oct. 16, 2006 - The Incredible BOB HILTZ @ Chatham, ON - William Street Cafe
Oct. 16, 2006 - Square Root of Margaret @ Thunder Bay, ON. TBA West Coast Tour! more TBA!
Oct. 14, 2006 - THIS SATURDAY - Hey! Death? @ alex p. keaton in london
Oct. 14, 2006 - Square Root of Margaret @ TBA TBA West Coast Tour! more TBA!
Oct. 13, 2006 - Square Root of Margaret @ Lethbridge, AB. Tongue 'N Groove West Coast Tour! more TBA!
July 14, 2006 OBSERVATORY and Square Root of Margaret The Elephant's Nest
May 18, 2006 Square Root of Margaret wsg Vacuity and The Strange! The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
May 13, 2006 Square Root of Margaret The Elephant's Nest
May 12, 2006 Square Root of Margaret The Elephant's Nest
May 6th, 2006 Square Root of Margaret w/ The Canons The Last Drop - London
May 5th, 2006 Square Root of Margaret w/ The Canons The Phog - Windsor
April 10, 2006 Cam Murray and The Hip Bones @ the Alex P. Keaton
March 30, 2006 Cam Murray TBA
March 4th 2006 Inoke Errati w/A Capricious Youth @ The Coach and Horses in Windsor, ON wsg/ A Capricious Youth
February 20th 2006 Inoke Errati w/The Salads @ The Chubby Pickle in Windsor, ON w/ The Salads
February 7th 2006 Inoke Errati @ The Thirsty Scholar (University of Windsor Pub), Benefit for House Fire victims
January 28th, 2006 Ghost Town Minstrels
10 PM @ Elephant's Nest
January 27th, 2006 Ghost Town Minstrels
10 PM @ Elephant's Nest
January 14, 2005 Square Root of Margaret ??? London ???
January 13, 2005 Square Root of Margaret The Phog Lounge
January 07, 2005 Square Root of Margaret opening for The Greys!
Help celebrate their CD release! Elephant's Nest
January 6th, 2006 Observatory1 opening for The Greys! Help celebrate their CD release! Elephant's Nest
January 6th, 2006 Seven Sided Animal / Abacus And guests

7:00p.m. 122 Fredrick st. Kitchener
The Registry Theatre
$10 @ door
$5 c.d.'s


New Years 2006 (December 31)

THE REPERTOIRE


MORPETH COMMUNITY CENTRE, MORPETH ONTARIO
DECEMBER 31, 2005
8 PM - 1 AM
519-674-0979 Tickets $20

December 23, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w' special guests Mechanical Farmhand! 10 PM @ Elephant's Nest
November 17, 2005 Robert Pollard - Book Signing 7PM Books & Co. Dayton, Ohio
November 15, 2005 Robert Pollard - Book Signing 5:30PM Barnes & Noble. Chicago (DePaul)
November 14, 2005 Robert Pollard - Book Signing 7PM Barnes & Noble. New York (Chelsea)
October 27, 2005 Balls of Love link Appearing at "The Trailer" in Tilbury
October 22, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/ D. Trevlon The Courtyard, London Ontario
October 24, 2005 Hey Death link and friends The Spoke in London
October 21, 2005 Tricky Woo 10 PM Call the Office in London
October 21, 2005 Po and Ryan "The Ghost Town Minstrels" @ The Elephants Nest
September 27, 2005 Inoke Errati w/ TBA The Chubby Pickle www.thechubbypickle.com
September 24, 2005 Queen - It's a Kind of Magic Tour The John Labatt Centre in London
September 23, 2005 to October 8th, 2005 Square Root of Margaret EAST COAST TOUR link
September 20, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/ The High Dials! The PHOG in Windsor
September 19, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/The Octopus Project! The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ont
September 17, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/ My Soft Frequency The PHOG in Windsor
September 16, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/ The Greys @KBD in Chatham
September 13, 2005 THE DEPORTEES link @ Salt Lounge
King St, London
$3 door. Show starts around 10pm
September 10, 2005 Hey Death link @ Perth Hall in London. (Bring an extra pair of pants just in case).
September 4, 2005 Dead Girls Union link w/ Flatlined, Monday's Child
Knumbskull, The Nerve @Twisters Nightclub in Chatham Doors open @ 6pm
$6 Cover charge -- All ages welcome!

August 30, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/ Of Montreal !!!! link The Casbah in Hamilton
August 26, 2005 THE DEPORTEES, OSTERBERG, TERMINAL WALLYS, SOCIETAL HEMORRHAGE
http://www.deportees.com
@ Call The Office
216 York St. London
$5 door. show starts at 9:30.
August 17, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/ MYSTERY BAND The Horseshoe in Toronto www.srom.net
August 16, 2005 The Constantines Call the Office in London
August 13, 2005 Inoke Errati w/ The Perms PHOG @ 9PM
August 13, 2005 Inoke Errati w/ The Perms The Chubby Pickle @ 5PM
August 11, 2005 The Dead Kennedy's Call the Office in London
August 9, 2005 Inoke Errati w/ The Perms Rancho Relaxo in Toronto
August 4, 2005 Inoke Errati The Chubby Pickle www.thechubbypickle.com
July 20, 2005 Foreign Film Star At Leopard's in Windsor, on stage with peelers
June 26, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/Dreskin Trevelon TBA
June 25, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/Dreskin Trevelon TBA
June 24, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/Dreskin Trevelon Montreal, PQ
June 17, 2005 Inoke Errati w/Flint The Big Bad Basilica in Windsor
June 10, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/Dreskin Trevelon The Phog in Windsor
May 30, 2005 Inoke Errati w/ Suburban Pop Project & .50 The Salt Lounge in London
May 28, 2005 Square Root of Margaret link TBA
May 27, 2005 Square Root of Margaret w/Ghost Town Minstrels The Wick in London
May 24, 2005 Foreign Film Star and Focal Point + Inoke Errati The Chubby Pickle in Windsor
May 22, 2005 Hells Bells - AC/DC Tribute Jerseys in Chatham
May 10, 2005 Inoke Errati w/ Foreign Film Star Woody's Outhouse in Windsor @ 10:30 PM
April 23, 2005 Ashes of Soma w/ Foreign Film Star The Phog in Windsor
April 19, 2005 Square Root of Margaret The Horseshoe in Toronto (New Music Night)
April 17, 2005 CIA (The Cause... if anything) link Twisters in Chatham
April 8, 2005 Square Root of Margaret The Last Drop in London
March 31, 2005 Inoke Errati w/ Other Bands To be announced University of Windsor
March 26, 2005 Square Root of Margaret The Elephant's Nest
March 26, 2005 Inoke Errati w/ The Living Daylights + Fuzeus The Trinity Lounge in Sarnia
March 11, 2005 Hey Death The Spoke Lounge in London
March 8, 2005 Hey Death The UCC in London
Feb. 11+12, 2005 Bob Hiltz The Elephant's Nest
Jan. 18, 2005 Inoke Errati Woody's Outhouse in Windsor
Jan. 7 + 8, 2005 Bob Hiltz The Elephant's Nest
Dec. 22 + 23, 2004 The Funked Brethren w/ Bob Hiltz The Elephant's Nest
Dec. 18, 2004 Square Root of Margaret
The Elephant's Nest
Dec. 9, 2004 Hey Death The Tantra Lounge in London
Dec. 1, 2004 James Brown The John Labatt Centre in London
Nov. 26, 2004 Sarah Hiltz Faith Community Church
Nov. 23, 2004 Finding Core Twisters
Nov. 19, 2004 Ted Leo / Pharmacists Magic Stick, Detroit
Nov. 18, 2004 The Pixies State Theater, Detroit
Nov. 14, 2004 Marilyn Manson State Theater, Detroit
Nov. 12 + 13, 2004 Felonius Monk Johnny Quests in Thamesville
Oct. 26, 2004 Guided By Voices and Tobin Sprout The Majestic in Detroit
Sep. 25, 2004 Bob Hiltz The Elephant's Nest
Sep. 16, 2004 Janet Theory St. Clair College
Jul. 17, 2004 Square Root of Margaret The Drake in Toronto

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

We Can Work it Out...

Well, I am speaking terms again, with the BLAudio guys. When they all finally got all the facts, they realized, it was their fault, and they felt bad. Now that they know there is a soldering problem, they realize the 'shock' issue is indeed an issue.

The studio is still down, and my board's being looked at locally. I apologize again, to the bands who wanted in here during the Christmas break (which was almost everybody), and to the Sarnia guys who wanted to do some ad's. I think I'll be back up and running in 2 or 3 weeks. Merry Christmas everybody.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

What a total disaster. Here's why the studio is still down...

Long story short, the Mod went badly. There's a few guys in town who might be able to salvage it. I'm also looking at a replacement and/or backup solution. Sorry for the delay guys.

Monday, December 1, 2008





































(LDCK08CD) LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE - A Chatham Kent Indie Compilation
Year: 2008

Format: CD

Credits:

Tracks:

Notes:
Includes tracks from Effortless Records recording artists Observatory and Underwater Solitaire

Grant @ ITA Studio














I have no idea when this is from, so I tagged it under 2008.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Leavin' on a Jet Plane

ITA Studio will be out of commission until roughly the 3rd week in December. My board's gone to Chicago to be Frankenstein'd into a Monster. If you haven't already, head on over to this link and check out Captain Zap's EX album. It's a free download, and the good Captain would love the company.

Effortless may yet see a few more releases out before years end. With little more than a month to go, it's going to be pretty close on a few projects. What's up with the Compilation you ask? It's the monkey on my back that just won't die. We're basically sitting at, a few more songs need to finish up in the studio, and then get mastered, and then we're ready to go. The buck stops here, in that, the delay's currently are all my fault. Once my board comes back from Chicago, I'll be back at it again, full steam ahead.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Ex















Years in the making, Captain Zapoleon's 5 song release entitled "Ex" is now available as a web-only download, absolutely free. Tales of Lost Love, Vampires, and casual stimulant addiction is reason alone to check it out. FREE Download is available here.

CAPTAIN ZAPOLEON - Ex


















*Great Loves*
Great loves just won’t go away.
Get out of my head,
I found a bigger, greater love instead.
You don’t mean anything to me.
Another forgotten memory,
That used to mean so much to me.
Now another never meant to be.
Stop haunting me.

*For The Sake Of Argument*
Take it easy on me.
Remember it's still just me.
Though I might-a gone wrong, it’s not all that wrong at all,
its not all that wrong at all.
Oh watch what you say,
It's been a long hard day,
You could turn it around,
Or make it worse with a few words, make it worse with your words.
There’s no need to fight,
I know that your right.
And I'm over that line,
And its time we had it out, and its time we let things out.
Nothing left to say.
So I meet her halfway.
Then we think to ourselves,
Were we really arguing about what we were arguing about?
So let it all out, just let it all out, lay it on me, lay it all on me.

*Keep It From The Man*
You gotta keep it from the man.
You'd better run while you still can.
Head straight down to the underground.
Down below where you won’t be found.
Cause I can hear them, and they’re on their way.
The party’s over and you gotta pay.
Do whatever you can to keep it from the man.
No more lies, no more alibis, those secrets you keep locked inside.
You’re exposed now, you’ve got no disguise. No place to turn, nowhere to hide. It’s over now, time to realize, that you’ll never make it out alive,
All their money that you burned, they want more than that in return. Your broken bones and tired eyes, calluses, and a troubled mind.
Cause you are what they made you, and they made you just to break you.
You are what they made you, and they made you just to break you. That’s if they can.

*Coffee And Cigarettes*
Another coffee, and another cigarette, another glorious morning waking up with you at your apartment. But, we didn't sleep last night, no we didn't sleep the night before, we probably just won't sleep anymore. Cause time's decaying away. Time is always weighing on my mind and there is never enough time. No. Tomorrow I'll be leaving. Yah I hate to go. I feel this thing we got is spinning out of control. But really who needs control, let's just let this thing roll, cause were having a good time, yah were having a great time. Dancing the night long to that Jimi Hendrix song, then you grabbed my hand and we ran all the way home. Strumming your guitar, a summer night in your backyard, you sang me a love song, and I sang you one too. Then another coffee and another cigarette, another glorious morning, waking up with you at your apartment. But we didn't sleep last night, no we didn't sleep at all.

*There is a Vampire Living on Parkstraat*
This one goes to the vampire living on Parkstraat who burns me with her evil gaze.
She sucks the blood right from my fingers. I fall so pale and drained.
Locked in a cage, down in her basement. Alone and cold, I shake.
I write my notes under a dim light, planning my next great escape.
And, all this suffering, and, all for what?
I pray it’s over soon, but I must have prayed too much.
Cause, I’m still here in the dark of my cell.
It’s been a year now, but I can’t tell.
Am I forgotten? Am I forgone?


Credits:
Great Loves
Craig Robinson - Vocals, Guitars
Shannon Kearns - Vocals, Drums
Matt Workman - Bass
For The Sake of Argument
Craig Robinson - Vocals, Guitars
Shannon Kearns - Vocals, Drums
Matt Workman - Vocals
Charlie Miller - Bass
Keep It From The Man
Craig Robinson - Vocals, Guitars
Keith Smith - Drums
Matt Workman - Bass, Vocals, Tambourine
Coffee and Cigarettes
Craig Robinson - Vocals, Guitar
Matt Workman - Telephone, Guitar, Bass, Tambourine
There's A Vampire Living On Parkstraat
Craig Robinson - Vocals, Guitars
Keith Smith - Drums
Written By Craig Robinson between 2002 - 2004.
Recorded by Matt Workman
@ InTouch Studio versions 1 - 3 between 2002 - 2005
Mastered by Matt Workman
@ ITA Studio - November of 2008
Artwork by Craig Robinson
Effortless Records cat# ERG022
© 2008 Effortless Recording Group

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Do you have the Disease?




Bob Hiltz and Chris Wilkins's Chatham Kent Comp is now spreading around town, infecting host after host with sweaty palms, shaky legs, and bouts of involuntary dancing. Originally intended to be a a compilation for CK bands who regularly played Legion shows, the roster was extended to bands from across Chatham kent of all shapes, sizes, and varieties. Davis Block, The Burnouts, The Long Lots, The Grave Misunderstanding, Finding Core, Aaron Allen and the Small City Saints, Stillframe, Leia Weaver, Sarah Hiltz, Prophet Limbo, the Peace Leeches, Watchtower, Us and Omens, How Dare You, the Tom Lockwood Blues Band, Southwest Blues Review, the Ruthless C*** Killers, not to mention Underwater Solitaire and Observatory make up the 19 song track listing.

BUY a copy from us, or from one of the involved bands, or from Frank's Music (downtown Chatham). Thanks for thinking of and including Effortless Records on this Bob! We're very proud to be included on this excellent compilation.

Friday, September 12, 2008

BIO: Doc Woodland

Doc Woodland

The Good Doctor takes time out of his busy schedule to send us a note, all the way from British Columbia. Here's what he has to say:

Hey!

The Bio of me, moi and I is one of something. The music of Doc Woodland is the result of a math equation. A + D = B.I.T.S. In this equation let A stand for the inspiration of the AMERICAN PEOPLE and D stand for Doc Woodland. When these two variables were added together it produced many BEERS IN THE SHOWER (B.I.T.S). As a result music was formed.

I personally think that this is a horrible bio that makes little two (too, to) no sense.

Doc Woodland enjoys:
drinking in the shower
smoking cigars in his room
not reading
pretending he his good friends with Bertrand Russell
trying to figure out who Bertrand Russell even is
and dreaming of becoming captain planet

It is getting worse

So that is all for now and the time being is ending as this is in fact over?


Yours Truly,
Doc Woodland

Ah Doc Woodland... you'll bury us all.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

ITA Studio Pics





























Came across these old(er) photo's today of ITA Studio gear. Ah... Memories. I'll tag these as mid 2008 though I'm not really sure when they are from. The bottom pic is actually probably from 2009 , after Black Lion Audio destroyed my mixing board, because that's the main reason I bought the M-Audio firewire interface. ITA Studio was operational roughly from 2006 to 2009, and met an early demise quite suddenly, and sadly.

Here's a listing of what is in each rack:

Top Pic
ART Headphone Amp
ART Preamp
ART Compressor
Behringer Patch Panel
Universal Audio LA-610

Bottom Pic
Electro Harmonix Tube Pre
Rode NTK Power Supply
Alto Spectrum Analyzer
Power Conditioner
M-Audio Fasttrack
Universal Audio LA-610

Monday, April 7, 2008

Back at it...















It's been a year since Underwater Solitaire has been in studio, recording their first Effortless Records release Teen Heat is Teen Life. The boys are back after a year of playing local shows all over hell's half acre. A year on the circuit, a year of new gear, and 1 year more of songwriting is promising to produce good results, in what will be their first full length release. Stay tuned for more announcements as things unfold.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Old Pic of the BluIgloos @ ITA Studio















I've tagged this for 2008, but I'm not entirely sure if that is accurate. Note the Electronic Drums.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Eric Welton Interview


















Eric Welton Interview
Jan 2008 / Interviewed by Matt

Eric Welton fans rejoice! I had the privilege of interviewing Eric via Internet, and asked him to answer as many or as few questions as he wanted. He answered them all. Eric and I talk about his album "ZigZag", which is now a few years old, about home recording, playing live, and the "good old days" which I am technically too young to remember. Of course some of the questions, as always are the generic "What's your favorite Color" stuff - oh wait, I forgot to ask that....


Matt: Eric - How long have you been playing music for?

Eric: My parents gave me an acoustic guitar for Christmas one year, sometime before i was ten. my old man would take me to lessons every week, but i think i was too young. in grade school i signed up for lessons with Chris Rupert, he taught me the basics.

Matt: What was the first song you learned to play?

Eric: Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" was the first. I learned it on guitar and harmonica. That gave me the confidence and desire to learn more...

Matt: You can do an uncanny impersonation of Neil Young - do you still perform Neil Young songs?

Eric: I'm not trying to impersonate, really, I just try to honor whomever I may cover. I do still play some Neil, my favorite right now is Captain Kennedy.

Matt: What was the first "show off" riff you learned how to play on guitar? i.e.: Smoke on the Water / Johnny B. Good, etc.

Eric: I'm proud to say I haven't got a single lick or riff in me...I'm a rhythm player through and through.

Matt: If you could bring 1 cassette tape to a deserted island, with 10 songs on it that you'd be stuck listening to for 30 years...

Eric: Wow... The Band's "Tears of Rage". The Band of Horses' "Wicked Gil". Beatles' "Don't Let me Down." "Thirteen" from Ben Kweller. "Its All over Now, Baby Blue" from Dylan. "Early Morning Rain" from Lightfoot. Zappa's "Take Your Clothes off When You Dance." Kings of Leon's "Velvet Snow". "Candle Song Three" from Mojave 3. The Kinks' "20th Century Man. Neil Young's "Time Fades Away". "Salvador Sanchez" from Sun Kil Moon.

Matt: Awesome. So your family got you into music?

Eric: My family made me get into music - there was always music playing in our house - good music too, The Band, Dylan, Beatles...

Matt: I love all those acts. What or who else are your influences?

Eric: Life is a big influence, that may be a vague answer, but I mean, sometimes life does things to you and the only way for me to relate with it or deal with it is to zone out with a guitar in my hands. People in general are an influence - the good things they do and the stupid things they do - do something stupid near me and you just may end up in a song.

Matt: Ever get writers block? If so - what's the cure?

Eric: I always have writer's block - every tune i've written has just come to me when it needed to - I don't force it, I just keep playing, keep exorcising..

Matt: How do you write songs?

Eric: With a guitar in my hands or sitting at the keys...I fool around with chords until something comes, then I mumble over top of that until the mumbles become words.

Matt: Wow - that's exactly how I do it. Is it true you are relative of one of the Square Root members ?

Eric: Po's father and my mother are cousins.. my Grandma is his Aunt - our Grandma's are sisters. But he is really my brother, I love him and he is very close to Nadia and I.

Matt: Were you around during the hallowed Aberdeen days? (I ask, cause I wasn't - too young).

Eric: Loved and miss the Ab - those were the days. For most of my friends it was The Ab that provided our first bar experience - getting in under age was not an issue. Square Root was practically born there and those are good memories - when they were just a three piece instrumental band - that was great - those are their roots, mine too. The band I was in in high school "The Venus Pigeons" played a great gig there, opening for Ray Whaling's band. We played our own tunes as well as some Hip covers - we got the crowd to their feet and it was all a great experience.

Matt: Did the Venus Pigeons write or record any original material ?

Eric: Yes... that's when i fell in love with recording. our main guitarist knew how to use a four track and he taught the rest of us. we made a couple four-track demo tapes. then later on we went into the studio. Steve Eyres, from Frank's Music Center, used to work out of his house. we recorded five or so tunes with him, great sound quality on those tunes.

Matt: Could you describe your current home studio setup?

Eric: Ok - for financial reasons my setup is computer based. I'm using a PC with four gigabytes of RAM and a Quad-Core processor for speed. I have an M-Audio Delta 1010LT sound card for inputs. I have a small mixer plugged into that card. My monitor speakers are M-Audio BX5's. The software I use is Cakewalk's Sonar 6 - Producer's Edition and I use Reason 4 for MIDI applications. Sonar is completely transferable to Protools and I have just found it easier to use, I have found no reason to need Protools as of yet. I use basically one microphone - an Apex 420 large diaphragm condenser microphone that I picked up used at Frank's Music Center. I plug it into an ART Pre MP - its a tube preamp and it provides analogue warmth in my otherwise cold digital setup. I use an old set of Pearl drums, a Roland keyboard for MIDI triggers, a Fender Jazz Master and my acoustics are Seagulls and Epiphone's.

Matt: What model of acoustic guitars do you play ?

Eric: I have an early Seagull called a Minstrel. Another more common Seagull, the S-6, an Epiphone as well as an Alvarez RD-20.

Matt: You get some great sounds and production from the privacy of your own home. Care to share some of your secrets with other home recording enthusiasts, namely - me?

Eric: Just find the time, sit down and do it. Do a lot of reading on the process. I have found a lot of my success comes from accidents, trial and error. If I didn't sit up until 5 a.m. tweaking shit then I wouldn't ever find these sounds. Start with a good microphone and good monitoring speakers, without these elements achieving a somewhat "pro" sound can be hard.

Matt: Can you remember any particular piece of gear, or guitar that you've sold or lost, and now hate yourself because of it?

Eric: Yes, I've traded gear for other gear over the years... I miss my Hondo Telecaster copy... I miss my Gibson Les Paul Junior.

Matt: I've got a Les Paul in my past as well - I kick myself about it all the time for letting it go. I love the Synth in your song "Again", by chance can you remember what the patch was an emulation of ?

Eric: Thanks very much... I use quite a bit of MiniMonsta from G-Force - everyone should have that software.

Matt: Your track "whatever you want" reminds me a little of SROM. They are probably an influence ?

Eric: No kidding? Thats the first time I've heard that... They are an influence because I am a huge fan, but I could never sit down and try to write something the way Po writes. I can't get out of my own head the way he does and am simply not capable of the melodies that he comes up with. But we all do our own thing...

Matt: Was your album mastered in any way?

Eric: Not really, unfortunately. Its a very necessary step, makes listening much more pleasurable.

Matt: Are you a fan of MP3? What's your take on the whole i-tunes, buy 1 song at a time, situation?

Eric: MP3's are great - unless you own Warner Brothers Records. They are a great way to get your music out there - music is all about sharing and until now there hasn't been an easier way. The only issue here is that the music industry has yet to learn how to embrace it, but it will come. That being said, nothing tops the sound quality of thick vinyl on a decent sound system and I feel I have to have both - I need my MP3 player but I listen to my record player as well.
I use iTunes but I haven't purchased anything from it - I can understand why corporations and musicians who have become corporations do not like the 'new wave' - they stand to make less money. But once the adjustment has been made, years from now, it will all work out. Maybe just because you play guitar doesn't have to mean you are a millionaire - is that so bad? Or maybe they can still make millions by touring and selling screen printed underwear.

Matt: Ha ha. I've already got the Eric Welton briefs! Are you seeking a Record Label deal?

Eric: I've never been taken that seriously, so I guess I haven't taken it seriously. My good buddy Pat Robitaille, an extremely talented and accomplished musician, has been offered many times but he decided to stay independent. If I had the choice and opportunity, I believe I'd take that path too.

Matt: Is Eric Welton your birth name, or stage name ?

Eric: Its my name, dude. There may have been confusion when I had my step-father's name tacked on to it for a few years but I am and always have been Eric Welton.
Matt: Somewhere along the line I got real confused about your name! But confused is what I do best. (laughs) Are you currently working on new material? What are your future release plans?

Eric: Its all in my head right now...I am currently working a day job too much to let it out but that is all about to change and I am about to jump full force back into it. Besides my own recordings I have plans to record three different Windsor acts as well as Prophet Limbo from Chatham.
Matt: It is very hard to believe that "another day" isn't some kind of mega-hit in the indie scene. Have you done much in the way of promotion ?

Eric: Thanks again. I haven't promoted it at all, but I do play it every single time I play out there...

Matt: What was your first on-stage live experience like?

Eric: Besides the high school band thing, my first solo performance was at Bauhaus, a cafe at the location that later became Beatniks. I was scared. I was shit.

Matt: Could ever for see a time in which you'd have a backing band - sort of like a Bob Dylan / The Band 1965-1966 arrangement, with you as the front man?

Eric: I would love to have a backing band - I need a backing band, but no one will back me. In all this time I've had a couple of interested parties but they weren't really interested in playing my stuff, they just wanted to play together, and then after some time it would just fall apart...
Matt: You and Nadia sing very naturally together - did she have prior experience in music, or was this something you had to get her started in?

Eric: The first time I noticed Nadia was when we were both on stage at The Parkview's Open Mic. A few of us were on stage all singing along to some song and all I could here was this loud voice behind me - very clear and confident. From that day on we started to play together. It is a struggle though because neither of us are trained so sometimes it may take some work to find the right voice.

Matt: How many times have you played CJAM ?

Eric: Twice - what a thrill - too bad he doesn't have live guests anymore. What a great station though, 91.5FM they play my records a lot, enough to have me chart on college radio a couple of times. I don't think its in Chatham yet but if you are in Windsor area, dial in - I once heard a DJ play six Square Root tunes in a row.
Matt: What made you pack up and move down Windsor way?

Eric: What makes people stay in Chatham? It was a great move - best decision I've made for myself but also because of school and work for both Nadia and I. There are so many transplanted Chathamites here, its funny. And I let them make fun of me for being from Chatham because I figure its fair since we Chathamites pick on Tillbury's Tillbillies.

Matt: Haha - I pick on Wallaceburg. How do you feel about Chatham Kent's music scene right now? People tend to have mixed feelings about it.

Eric: I'm a little disconnected from it lately. As ever, I feel there is great potential in Chatham and many interesting things could happen. I just wish there was a proper venue, owned by proper music loving people. A large part of Chatham's music culture died when they tore down the Parkview, and went up in flames when Beatniks burned. If someone would just open a good venue I think we'd see more action in Chatham.

Matt: What could be better about Chatham Kent's music scene?

Eric: Perhaps if everybody stuck together and worked together on projects and shows - like, there should be something going on every month where a few local acts got together and put on a show, it would give something to the up-and-comers to look forward to and practice for, and give the local veterans something to do locally, instead of always having to leave town to get a decent gig.

Matt: On CJAM you mentioned you played with My Soft Frequencies, and The Darns, and of course you've played with Square Root - what other big acts have you bumped into during your travels?

Eric: I enjoy playing with a Windsor local group called MICHOU, everyone should check them out. Yellow Wood slays me. Pat Robitaille.
Matt: Care to plug some upcoming shows?

Eric: I hope to be traveling to Toronto with the Root to play a show with Fleece Elves in March... or April. Joining MICHOU at Milk Bar in Windsor in March. I hope to be sharing the stage with the super Tara Watts...

Matt: What links can I relay to the readers to find more out about your CD's and projects? ie: Myspace, etc.

Eric: www.myspace.com/ericwelton and you can hear some of the work I've done with Prophet Limbo here: www.myspace.com/prophetlimbo

Matt: Is 'Dog' still in print for people to purchase - and where can people buy it from ?
Its on the first full length "ziGZag" as well as a remixed version on the EP "an ep".

Matt: Oh man - I thought Dog was the name of the album, as well as the opening track title. I feel like Larry King - I didn't do good research. (laughs) Sorry, but I gotta do another generic question... What one sentence best describes your outlook on life.

Eric: Its going to turn out better than I can imagine.

Matt: I also loved the Beatniks scene - but I think I only caught the tail end, or last few years of it. Any idea when it opened?

Eric: hmmm... I think it was only opened for 3-5 years before it burned to the ground... I still think a lot about that place, I really miss being there - we were all robbed when that place was taken away...

Matt: If I win the lottery - and open Beatniks 2, will you come in as one of the house acts and/or out-of-control bar tenders ?

Eric: You'll have to bounce me out to keep me away.

Matt: Haha. Excellent.

Eric: Thanks again Matt!

BIO: Underwater Solitaire


















Bio: Once upon a time...our three heroes that were destined to save the music world as we know it, created a band. But not your average new wave or screamo band we see now...an alternative band, an alternative band thats so alternative that its alternative even to alternative bands. Going through numerous names such as Indepedent Crack Whores and The Jolly Prowlers and its still probley going to change but...oo well. Usually sticking to power cords and simple drum beats and a leading bass feel, Underwater Solitaire has still managed to get into the crowd.
Influences: The Velvet Underground, Modest Mouse, Nirvana, The White Stripes, The Flaming Lips, The Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, The Shins, The Subways, The Blues Brothers, The Ramones, The Clash, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Franz Ferdinand, Captain Beefheart, Babyshambles, Lou Reed, Sex Pistols, The Cure, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Simon and Garfunkle, Mudhoney, Of Montreal, The Von Bondies, The Darkness, Jet, Ugly Casanova, The 5,6,7,8's, The Electric Prunes, NOFX, Our Lady Peace, Iron Butterfly, Sam Roberts, David Bowie, The Raconteurs, The Mars Volta, Elvis Costello, Hole and Refused.

Members:
Mickey Danielski (guitar,lead vocals)
Joey Danielski (drums)

Past Members:
Nolan Goyette (Bass,guitar,backing vocals)

Discography:
(erg025) VARIOUS ARTISTS - Basement Champions Vol 1 Compilation (Digital/FEb 2009)
(erg015) UNDERWATER SOLITAITRE - Teen Heat is Teen Life EP (2007-july1)
(LDCK08CD) LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE - A Chatham Kent Indie Compilation (2008)

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Welcome

Effortless Records
is an independent Indie Pop/Rock record label, located in South Western Ontario, Canada. Started by a group of friends in 2003, Effortless has been slowly, but steadily working on securing a talented and diverse group of bands from the South Western Ontario region, while at the same time, developing a studio space and production area in which to produce and record music, as well as manufacture the physical product, being CD's.

Our goal has always been simple: To produce the kind of music we as fans would enjoy listening to. Most of us here are fans of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, Elvis, and more modern groups such as Square Root of Margaret, Bong Water, Apples in Stereo, Guided by Voices, Ween, Belle and Sebastian.


Having the word 'Effortless' in our company name is to be taken mostly tongue-in-cheek, as the reality is, running a studio, producing music, and trying to keep the quality of the art at a high standard actually requires much effort. Having said all that, we still strive to remain in the DIY realm of Indie music."You've gotta always remember the name of the game is 'What does it sound like?'…I don't care if you got 90 tracks…what does it sound like, baby?"—Ray Charles

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