Volume 92, Issue 12

Wednesday, September 23, 1998



Econo head line-up for big night at The Drink

Photo by Anthony Saint James

SOMEBODY'S GETTING TIPSY TONIGHT! Econoline Crush hopes to sparkle and shine as headliners at The Drink tonight. Their fans will probably just get tipsy.

By Emily Chung
Gazette Staff

From a band's perspective, how does an Orientation Week gig differ from a regular show?

"People are more intoxicated," answers Trevor Hurst, lead singer for Econoline Crush. Having just finished a series of university shows in the prairies and a busy summer which included Edgefest, the Vancouver-based band is travelling to London to play the Drink tonight with Treble Charger and Stabbing Westward. They've been on the road for almost a year promoting their second album, The Devil You Know.

If success can be measured in public recognition, it looks like the band's hard work has paid off. The album was nominated for a Juno this year and the three previously released singles "Home," "All That You Are" and "Sparkle and Shine" have all reached impressive heights on the Canadian music charts.

The melodic, current single "Razorblades and Bandaides" is one Hurst considers to be a very big step for the band. "It's such an honest song," he says. "It's the most naked I've ever been, lyrically."

It is also quite a departure from the industrial sound of Econoline Crush's 1995 release, Affliction. Since then, the band's line-up has experienced some significant replacements. The style has diversified into rock which ranges from high energy beat-driven tracks to semi-ballads.

"We're constantly evolving," Hurst explains. "Every time we go into the studio, we don't know what we'll come out with."

This evolution came to a head during the recording of The Devil You Know. The band's producer Sylvia Massey (whose credits also include recordings by Tool, Glueleg and the Red Hot Chili Peppers), was forced to take some time off due to personal matters. In her absence, Hurst reflected on the album and realized it was too pessimistic.

To counter-balance all the gloom, Hurst wanted to include a Bible passage about unconditional love but ran into some obstacles along the way. "If it were in English, it would be too preachy," he explains.

The original plan was to record the passage in several different languages, but time constraints made this impossible. The final product is a spoken hidden track featuring a woman's voice in Japanese. It has been a source of confusion to fans everywhere, especially in Japan.

Econoline Crush hopes to have a new album out by the summer of 1999 and has already started to write some new material while on tour. What will the new album be like?

"I don't know. I think you'll hear us growing and getting better at songwriting," Hurst suggests. What he knows for sure is that it won't be exactly like The Devil You Know. Stay tuned for more surprises.

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