Volume 91, Issue 73
Friday, February 6, 1998
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
A therapeutic alternative for music lovers
By Erin Bateman
In 1897, Cyclops, an enormous and luxurious travel ship, experienced a sudden dramatic death, never to be found again. The ship vanished from the earth leaving no trace, not even a life jacket, behind. The causal agent in this tragic event was the strange and mysterious Bermuda Triangle and it is this enigma of the Atlantic which provided the impetus for Noise Therapy's latest album, Cyclops.
The band's history began in 1992, when out of the city of Vancouver, Noise Therapy was born. "It took about a year to gather the members," says bassist Rob Thiessen. "But after that, it was smooth sailing." Once the group was assembled, they played small gigs in Vancouver before travelling along the West Coast performing in such places as Seattle and San Diego to get their music known.
In the midst of the West Coast tour, Noise Therapy released a full-length CD as an independent band, followed by their first EP which consisted of mainly dance re-mixes. In 1996 their first video for "sick mind" was sent to Toronto where it received much support and viewing time by MuchMusic.
The past experiences of the band have left them with no regrets. After signing with A&M Records, Noise Therapy released Cyclops as their second EP. Their first full-length big-label album is due out this summer and will be entitled Myton Low Rider.
"Myton's this place discovered in space, that people believe aliens have come from in order to visit the Bermuda Triangle," Thiessen said in an attempt to explain the title of the new album. "The next album will be harsh, yet have a more melodious sound to it," said the vivacious bass player and sequence mixer.
Influenced by such bands as the Ramones, Bjšrk and the Chemical Brothers, Noise Therapy will continue to perform and write music for the growing encouragement of the Eastern States and Canada. Theissen believes that one influence has been good music. "Music that makes you want to listen to it. Not just background noise," he says.
Tonight Noise Therapy will be performing at the Embassy along with Slaves on Dope and Finger Eleven (formerly Rainbow Butt Monkeys). The three groups performed a small mini-tour in Toronto and Kitchener earlier this week and will finish in London before the band heads to Vancouver for recording time. The group is due to return for the Canadian Music weekend from March 5-7.
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