Volume 92, Issue 23

Thursday, October 15, 1998

talk it out


They've come and Woebegone

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THESE ARE OUR ROCKS SUCKA - BE GONE! Woebegoen will be guarding the stage at Call the Office this Saturday.

By Jeff Warren

Gazette Writer

It's something every musician must go through at some point in their career – struggle to make it big. Beau Dixon, the lead singer of the Canadian band Woebegone, knows this all too well. Looking for a job, he turned to his friend Robbie D. of the band One and became a roadie.

"I was telling him I needed a job. He told me it would be fun and would allow me to check out the rest of Canada," Dixon says. "I did that for a couple of years and a couple of tours."

Things changed for Dixon when the bass player of One left and someone was needed to fill in on the next tour. "They got the idea that I was somewhat talented when I would join in and jam with them during sound check," Dixon says surprisingly.

And as if things couldn't get better, the singer of One left for California. This provided a great opportunity for Dixon to move to the front and for the band to change a couple of things.

"We decided to regroup under [Woebegone] and write better material, taking it to a new level," Dixon boasts. "So I started writing a lot of the songs with Robbie and we've been writing together ever since."

Rejuvenated, Woebegone wrote songs in a dingy basement in Toronto, then moved out to British Columbia to produce the album at Robbie D.'s One Drop Studios. The West Coast was kind to the band, who gathered quite a following with a weekly gig in the town they were living in. Coming back east however, proved a bit difficult.

"Being back in Toronto is like having to start all over again," Dixon says. "We needed to create a buzz."

What is just as difficult for Woebegone is keeping band members. "We have the four core players who recorded most of the album, but now we're having to hire horn players and keyboard players, so it doesn't feel like a solid band," Dixon says.

But the music couldn't be any more solid, as it combines reggae, ska, blues and soul, for a sound Dixon feels is unidentifiable. "People compare us to Sublime all the time, but I don't really see the connection," Dixon notes. "The great thing about [our band] is that you won't hear another one like it around."

Dixon has a lot to say about the album and does not fall short on giving the band a pat on the back. "Our album is hot. Each track has a feel of its own and that's important. It gives it more of an edge and gives it more versatility."

It appears now that Dixon is climbing the rock n' roll ladder of success. He has a new solo album coming out and enthusiastically says things with Woebegone are a blast.

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