Volume 93, Issue 30

Friday, October 22, 1999


Weekend Pass

Johnny Faourite amongst the young'uns

Cosmic crew living in the past

Clayton takes things personally

Western prof pens enticing play



Cosmic crew living in the past

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AFTER THE ZIT REMEDY BROKE UP, JOEY JEREMIAH STARTED AGAIN. Chris Colepaugh brings his '60s & '70s – influenced brand of rock to London tonight.

By Mark Pytlik
Gazette Staff

No matter how many musical trends surface and then fade away over time, one can always count on nostalgia to remain constant. Seems that no matter how modern music wants to get, there's always someone wishing it was 30 years ago.

Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew fall distinctly into this category. The retro-huggers not only have the distinction of being a decidedly '70s sounding rock band, but they also have the added stigma of hailing from Eastern Canada. If you're a Celtic band or a folk band, there's nothing wrong with that. But when you're emerging from Moncton, New Brunswick as a fledgling rock band who plays summer-of-love inspired songs, it's difficult to be taken seriously

Drummer Craig Watson agrees, to a certain extent, but sees other factors as more intrusive. "I'd say it's tougher for a [rock] band out East, not because of the Celtic scene, but because of the geography," he says. "There's not the market up here or as many places to play. You can saturate yourself pretty quickly up there." He pauses before continuing, "I personally think the Celtic thing is a bit of a myth. There's been a few huge bands who have really brought it to life, but there's a rock scene out there, too."

If there is a rock scene out there, this ambitious three piece is doing its best to put it on the map. It's ironic that Colepaugh, lead singer/guitarist for the band, intially started the project as a one man endeavour. "There was actually no band for the first record," he says. "I got studio time through a friend of mine. I went in and laid down nine tracks and we had an album, basically. We figured since we had an album we should get a band together."

From there, Colepaugh assembled a three piece which consisted of himself, current bassist Lynn Daigle and now-departed drummer Cameron Murphy.

The trio toured New Brunswick and Nova Scotia until they eventually decided the lineup wasn't working out. "[Cameron] had personal problems with family and life on the road is hard," Colepaugh acknowledges. "We decided to part company. Lynn and I [then] spent a year with different studio drummers."

Fast forward to 1999 the band has just released their third effort, 16 Second Solace. "This one is a combination of the first two. The first one was more poppier, the second one was harder, riffier and guitar driven," Colepaugh muses. "With this one we had more time."

Add to that, 16 Second Solace sees the band making a serious push towards the next level. In addition to being signed to a nationwide distributor, the Cosmic Crew are also poised to embark on a 47 date tour. Colepaugh sees this promise of success as a natural extension of the latest record. "We had a really relaxing time [recording it]. The band was right and the people that we were working with were right hence this album, which I consider to be our best one to date."

Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew play Mash McCann's tonight.

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