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Volume 90, Issue 99
Thursday, April 03, 1997
The Great One
Favourable to fans, nightmare to dentists
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MIND IF I PICK YOUR NOSE? Change of Heart will not be too picky tomorrow night when the band plays an always amazing show at Call The Office.
By Jamie Lynn
With so many musical acts flooding and almost saturating a rather bland music market these days, isn't it refreshing to find some form of stability? Change of Heart is a four-piece "rock" outfit from Toronto that has consistently released strong and vital material dating back as far as 1982.
This is no small feat, considering the vast majority of today's pop groups seem to release strong debut records, but then allow themselves to crumble under the pressures of the business. Still, keyboard player/sampler, Bernard Maiezza, is quick to point out that just because these four guys are veterans of the music scene does not mean that this should always be the focal point of the band's relevancy.
"We're sick to death of the fact that it's always mentioned that we've been around for 15 years," he notes. "It's hard though, because in truth, the band has been around for that period of time. We just don't want that to always be the focus."
Point taken. Another worthy element of interest about the band is that the latest album, Steel Teeth, is really its first foray into the world of major label records. Change of Heart had become the much-heralded indie kings of the Toronto music scene, which gave it quite a cult following, and respect from other Canadian acts like Sloan and The Tragically Hip. While 1995's Tummysuckle was put out under the Virgin label, the album was recorded while the band was still completely independent. Thus, the making of Steel Teeth was certainly unchartered territory for the band.
"This is definitely the first big recording budget that we've had," Maiezza explains. "We could really get the sound that we wanted this time without any limitations, due to equipment or time and we're pretty happy with the results."
Steel Teeth is certainly the band's most cohesive and listenable work to date with a healthy amount of enticing diversity. The album moves quite eloquently from searing punk rock numbers to trippy and more ambient sounding songs. Maiezza indicates this was no accident.
"It was very deliberate to get a good balance of songs," he explains. "One of the reasons for this is probably due to the fact that we had two different recording sessions with two very different producers. This helped make the songs more focused and more effective really.
"Besides, if we had added a couple more of the poppier songs it would have sounded too poppy and any more of the trippy songs would have taken it too far the other way."
Response to the album has been favourable and it looks like Steel Teeth will produce the band's much deserved, first hit single. The song, "It Should Be," has been receiving extensive radio play and as a result, is starting to make its way onto the rock radio charts.
"It seems like we're starting to get played on more of the rock stations that never used to play our old stuff," Maiezza comments. "Like that one the wolf, or the bear or the hawk... whatever it's called.
"It's great though because it allows us to reach more people, which is exactly what we want. We're very proud of the record and we want it to be as successful as is possible."
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