Volume 92, Issue 32

Friday, October 30, 1998

big money


Tristan keep indie roots

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"A LITTLE BEHIND THE EAR... OH YEAH." Indie band Tristan Psionic celebrates with CHRW on their birthday this Halloween at Call the Office.

By Shawn Despres

Gazette Staff

"Hi. This is Sandy from Sonic Un... um I mean Tristan Psionic."

It's easy to be pretty confused if you lived the hectic lifestyle of being a record label big-whig by day and rock star by night. This is the situation which Sandy McIntosh, guitarist for Tristan Psionic and co-owner of Sonic Unyon Records has found himself in for the last five years.

The group took a year-long hiatus in order to concentrate on the label and give the band a break. "We'd been playing the same songs for a couple of years and it was getting kind of boring," McIntosh says. "So we decided to take a break and come back later when it would be more fun and fresh."

The band is now preparing to release its new EP, Tristan Psionic Music. To go along with the do-it-yourself indie attitude, the band has decided to record the EP themselves. The album is being recorded in the Sonic Unyon building in Hamilton after the label closes for the day.

"We just took everything upstairs to try and get a bigger sound for that drums, Led Zeppelin kind of sound," McIntosh laughs. "We borrowed some recording equipment and started to record all our practices. We were getting not too bad at it, so we thought that we'd attempt to record some of the songs we had written. It's fun. I wish we had done this three or four years ago when we first started recording."

The EP, which was originally scheduled to come out in November, has been pushed back until early 1999. The release date was moved because of the time it has taken for band members to learn how to record. "We spent three weekends just getting drum sounds. But it's good because now we have gained all of this knowledge about recording.

"The new material is more laid back and spaced out," McIntosh continues. "By spaced out I mean simpler than a lot of the stuff we've done before. It may have a more upbeat feel because we took that break and it gave us a chance to clear our heads. I think our music is leaning towards better things – just from the way we write songs now, having been together for a while."

After the EP is released the band is going to tour for a couple of months and then hopefully record a full length album for a fall 1999 release. As for now, they are playing a few shows in and around southern Ontario as well as a show at the College Music Journal festival in New York. Included in the southern Ontario dates is a show this Saturday for CHRW 94.7 FM's birthday party.

So what's left for a band which runs its own record label and records its own albums? "I think that we're going to do a video or two for the EP. We'll do them ourselves. We already have an idea. We'll rent a couple of good cameras, get down and hand cut things.

"We're in this experimental stage where we want to do everything ourselves. Hopefully it will lead to good things."

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