Volume 92, Issue 9

Thursday, September 17, 1998

service with a smile


Sounds of the underground

By Mark Lewandowski
Gazette Staff

It is rare to find a new artist who is willing to catagorize his music as quickly and effortlessly as Rob Chambers of Sara's Foaming. The young indie band, which calls themselves "the best in indie punk rock" has been playing the Toronto circuit with local talents Three Minutes of Peace and Storm Without Cease. But now it's turn-around time and Sara's Foaming will be hitting some local hot spots with its London counterparts.

"I have a constant beat of music in my head which is kind of annoying actually," the perpetually malnourished lead singer, Chambers, explains. It's this beat which has kept the band together in various forms for a few years.

Toiling mainly in the seedy underbelly of Toronto clubs and college dives, the band has evolved into a serious four-piece contender and will be recording its first CD before the end of the year.

"If I didn't write music I would probably write words," Chambers explains, alluding to his broad artistic talent. But he insists that writing music is his one true passion – except for his true love of "wild for the night" partying.

But what is it that drives these four young artists into the throws of such a competitive and difficult industry? "I like depression and new things," Chambers states,"but I haven't seen that many new things lately so there aren't many new songs now.

"When it comes to the music, Danny Saitua [the guitarist] is a big post in the chair of the band – so good he's almost tipping people over," Chambers explains. He quickly adds that drummer Tim Edwards "never ceases to amaze [him]" and bassist Matt (John) Lunnen improves every time the band playa.

The band's influnces range from Hendrix and Navarro to Black Flag and Minor Threat so there is a lot on the table when the band performs live.

"I really just try to think of everybody in the crowd in sexual positions," jokes Chambers.

Graphic by Luke Rundle

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