Volume 92, Issue 65

Friday, January 22, 1999


The Concrete Beat

Articulating one's own space

Western grad robbing the spotlight

Rainy Day bound for glory

Sociopath star of new comedy

Dubbing new electronic barriers

Redman da man for Def Jam

Celebrity sightings


Rainy Day bound for glory

©Photo by Ken Humphrey

HEY, GET OUT FROM BEHIND THERE. Rainy Day Glory won't hide when they open for Reel, Saturday at The Embassy.

By Mark Lewandowski

Gazette Staff

"One day I received a call from the high school bully and since I was pretty much a geek in high school, it took me by surprise. While he was busy being good at basketball I was good at standing out – in bad ways," Mike Jewell blurts out, before any questions are even asked.

The songwriter and vocalist of Rainy Day Glory, Jewell has recently moved his band from St. Catharines to London and is playing at The Embassy this Saturday night.

Together since Mother's Day of 1995, RDG is a post secondary anomaly. "When [the bully] called me, he said he wanted to play. The last time I had talked to him he threw rocks at me. I mean this guy walked up and down the stairs on his hands when he was five – he's a tough guy," Jewell explains. Judd Johnston, the adolescent adversary in question, soon became the guitarist for the band.

The connection between Jewell and drummer Gideon Humphrey runs a little deeper. "We were in ski and drama clubs together for a while. One day the ski club went on a field trip and Gideon started waxing to me about some girl Carrie he liked. Since I barely knew him it was odd, but then a little while later I ended up working on a school play with her," Jewell explains. "I ended up dating her for two years and I think he's finally realized she's no good for him."

Even bassist James Moore is involved in the strange web of love which the band has woven. "James ended up dating an ex of mine and basically told me he didn't care what I thought. But we've put that well behind us now. The guys in the band are more family to me than my family – we're very tight. We all live in the same house. I'm an only child and James is like my older brother while Gideon is the younger one," Jewell continues.

RDG have fired out a few demo tapes but now are working on a six-song EP. Jewell says the band's biggest influence is the Smashing Pumpkins, but they have their own personal style.

"Our rock is heavy but it isn't muddled. It has an element of soul in it and the lyrics have some meaning." It sounds like Jewell is confident about the band's style as well as their mood. "We like to have drinking contests with the audience. It promotes beer sales and keeps me from freaking out because you can totally get lost in the darkness and energy of the music."

As a young musician, Jewell has an extremely positive outlook on the local music scene. "In general, people in the business don't go out of their way to be pricks. Like at CHRW [94.7 FM] where I was told not to give them any bullshit – so I told them we have no credibility, but could you please put us on the air." Hopefully this straight-forward approach will brighten the musical future of Rainy Day Glory.

The talkative Jewell has learned a lot about the city of London since he has been here. He enthusiastically recounts one fact about how London was founded as a plantation which produced materials to make sails for the British Navy. Napoleon forced British ships to sail back and forth across the front naval lines until their sails ripped.

"One thing that bothers me about London is the rash of stabbings lately," Jewell admits. "I'm thinking about doing a benefit show for the victim who died and calling it Calm Down '99, because this is just ridiculous."

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