No look at Hamilton rock n roll can be complete without taking a long hard look at Mr. Dave DeRoches, aka, Dave Rave. The Raver has been singing and playing since he was a child, and when a 15 yr. old Frankie Kerr (Venom) asked him to jam in high school, a career that spans 40 years began in earnest. A founding member of The Shakers, Dave’s involvement in the Hamilton punk/power pop scene included a long relationship playing with Teenage Head and then launched him to New York City to become a force that grew in chops and influence. Working relationships with Coyote Shivers and Lauren Agnelli began projects that still bear fruit today.
Dave is home in Hamilton for a bit and he’s here at Kevin’s Barber Shop to play some history, new and old, live and recorded. Tickled pink to be hanging out with one if the truly great ones.
Fifty years as a top-flite drummer will bestow upon you all the wisdom and chops required to make yourself a name in the Canadian landscape of musical legends. In the case of Steve Negus, playing relentlessly in the Toronto club scene in the 70’s with bands like Shelter, proved just the education needed to answer the call to sit behind the kit for the group Pockets, soon to change their name to SAGA. Pioneering a brand of R&B infused prog rock, SAGA was a Canadian phenomenon into the 80’s and retains a huge following with their seminal release Worlds Apart recently going platinum in the U.S. (1,000,000 copies).
A multiple gold record and Juno recipient, Steve Negus is also a Hamilton based producer and engineer who makes great recordings at Blue Room Studio where he works his craft to perfection – like he always has.
This show in smokin as we play three cuts from Steve’s solo album Dare to Dream, one from Jerry Johnson’s Barber’s Chair and a surprise slice of vinyl from Selina Martin.
Steve Negus is in the Barber Shop Podcast chair getting real with Ryan and Kevin. Don’t miss this one!
Mackenzie Kristjon is hard to define and be likes it that way. A Icelandic Norseman who lays down his own brand of rock n roll that touches on history and histrionics.
Pixies hang with Neil Young and David Bowie and are raised with the huldufolk in Winnipeg. That kid is raised in a supportive musical family, and grows into a young man making music in the bright southern Ontario lights of Guelph. Here we are, in Hamilton, the volcano is thrown another brick of fire. Mac has a sound and sensibility that speaks of life with inflections ranging from Sabbath to the Salads.
Something cool is happening at Kevin’s Barber Shop with Ryan and Kevin bobbing and weaving with the smart, funny and oh so real – Mackenzie Kristjon.
Jack Pedler is…well…Jack Pedler. An altogether one of a kind, Jack has been at the top of his musical game for fifty years now. Gigging out at age 11, Jack Pedler comes from a musical family, his drumming both evocative and unique. Strip joints, rock and roll royalty, have all served as venues and vehicles to showcase this drummer’s drummer over the years. While serving as timekeeper to so many musicians Jack has amassed a résumé that is unparalleled in so many ways.
Jack plays with so many great people, you’d be forgiven for not knowing he’s a prolific writer and solo recording artist as well.
Come on and take a bit to find out what makes this deeply deep man tick, how being smart and dumb, ugly and beautiful, political and perverse can be done.
It’s hard to find a more unique cat in the music game, let alone someone so hard to pigeon hole. Gobsmacked by the visual and sonic excess of Gary Glitter and Kiss, a young Bill Boyd Wilson knew damn well that his future would involve fire, lights, explosions,….and bubbles.
Cadillac Bill can’t be called a musician. He’s a performance artist that uses music as one of his vehicles of expression – and the topics he expresses range from murder to cannibalism.
This weeks Barber Shop Podcast sees Bill sit down with long time conspirator and wickedly funny Mike Holler and talks to Kevin and Ryan about the life and times of Cadillac Bill, showing off his latest DVD – The Cadillac Bill Story.
If you tire of the same old-same old, then you need to tune into this episode and learn about life in the fringes. Way out fringes.