Volume 93, Issue 69
Wednesday, February 2, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
See spot run, see fame grow
Photo by Richard Beland
WITH SO MANY HOT BAND MEMBERS TO CHOOSE FROM, HOW'S A HORNY GROUPIE TO DECIDE? Montreal's See Spot Run bring their back-to-basics style to the Drink tonight.
By Terry Warne
"We believe that in every person there's a little rock star that wants to be on stage."
Easy for him to say.
This is because, of course, Chris Brodbeck, vocalist and bass player of See Spot Run, is the rock star who's on stage. Luckily for his fans, Brodbeck is committed to entertaining the audience and making sure they feel part of the band's whole experience.
From their melodies to their lyrics and their live shows, Brodbeck wants fans to feel included and he wants See Spot Run's music to reach as many people as possible.
One of the ways the band set out to accomplish this goal was by releasing a remix of their hit single, "Weightless." The dancier rejig has been more successful than the original and helped the band gain exposure on previously impetentrable radio stations. Brodbeck's only concern was that the integrity of the song remained intact. "The reality is," he muses, "[That] most people listen to a lighter format. You can be negative and say, 'Well that sucks, I'll wait 'till rock 'n' roll comes back' or you can say, 'I'm going to find a way for our music to be heard.'"
Further extending their musical reach, the Montréal-based quartet has released a French version which is currently enjoying number one status on French language radio in Québec. The immense success of the song in these various formats points to Brodbeck's belief that good music will always prevail, no matter what the circumstances.
See Spot Run displays a deft pop sensibility on their sophomore album, also titled Weightless. According to Brodbeck, it's a completely natural instinct which comes mainly from buying K-Tel records. "We write poppy, hook-laden, melodic songs," he elaborates. "We give listeners a variety [it's] like putting your CD changer on random."
The band also recognizes the importance of lyrics when trying to strike a chord with listeners. The majority of the songs on the album deal with love and relationships.
Like The Beatles, this band obviously believes that all you need is love. It is a universal concept which Brodbeck says everyone can relate to. "It's a theme in all ranges of ages and generations," he agrees. "It starts over every day, because there's always a 14 year-old boy or girl discovering this whole new thing. I guess we're just hopeless romantics."
When asked about the current state of the Canadian music industry, Brodbeck isn't quite so sentimental. He believes the confidence level, from fans to industry, is much higher in the United States. If Brodbeck had his way, Canadians would realize what tremendous talent our nation produces and not hesitate to feel proud. "We have to stand up and brag and be cocky and just be confident we're just not being that way."
In this regard, Brodbeck seems eager to lead the way. He positively brightens over mention of the band's show with I Mother Earth, claiming that an evening with both bands is quite complementary. He describes the bands' interplay as hooks versus jams and melodies versus sonic assault.
Currently the most successful independent band in Canada, one might imagine that See Spot Run would allow this to go to their heads. But all Brodbeck is concerned about is winning over fans. With the talent on board, the quartet should have little problem.
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