Volume 93, Issue 75
Friday, February 11, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Fletcher Munsen taking care of business
©Gazette file photo
By Jeff Warren
It seems small town Ontario has produced a big time rock band.
Although life on the road as a popular band has consisted of travelling on the 401 from Windsor to Toronto and all points in between, Ridgetown's Fletcher Munsen has managed to create quite a stir with their modern rock sound.
Despite only being together three years, Fletcher Munsen has already produced two albums.
The first, Lost In Our Space, generated a popular response which surprised drummer Rod Reynolds. "I think we owe a lot of it to the local people in the area that knew us for the extra boost," Reynolds says. "I think everyone was impressed that we were coming out of Ridgetown."
What outsiders know of Fletcher Munsen so far is that they have a unique rock sound which is hard to pin down a factor Reynolds attributes to the band's success. "Many people can't place it," Reynolds laughs. "We've had comparisons all across the board and to me that sounds like we've actually accomplished [creating] our own sound."
Another secret to Munsen's success is their songwriting. Their second album, Simple Tragedy, was all about keeping the listener interested. "We tried to make an album of good songs," Reynolds declares. "We have acoustic stuff on there, we have some heavier stuff, we have the poppy radio stuff. We didn't try to make an album that all sounded stylistically the same."
It could also be said that Fletcher Munsen's live show is a powerful weapon at their disposal. "Once you get up there, you do your stuff and you do it the best you can," Reynolds says confidently. The band's live appeal has also provided them with the opportunity of touring with well known Canadian artists, such as Edwin and Finger Eleven.
Reynolds explains that performing on the same bill with larger acts can be somewhat intimidating, but is a positive experience. "You have to rethink everything you have been working towards, or actually go back and practice a hell of a lot more to realize the potential there is to get to that next level," he admits.
Reaching that next level is something Reynolds believes is in the cards for Fletcher Munsen. It just means taking chances and rolling the dice. "To take it to a level where you're going to basically put everything on the line for a chance at something that may not aspire to anything huge, that's a pretty big risk."
However, Reynolds assures he is confident about the band's future. "We know the direction we're headed and we're going to be doing this a long time. We do mean business. We're serious about our craft."
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