Volume 93, Issue 81

Friday, March 3, 2000


Weekend Pass

Play is thoughtful but may try Patience

Full White Drag reveals itself to London


Primal Scream turns it up, Morphine turns it off


Full White Drag reveals itself to London

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"WELL, WHEN IT COMES TO EXISTENTIALISM... HEY MAN, LOOK AT MY HAND. ANYBODY GOT ANY CHIPS?" Windsor rockers Full White Drag let it all hang out tomorrow night at Call the Office.

By Matt Pearson
Gazette Staff

"The name came from a screenplay that was written by myself," offers Full White Drag frontman Dave Mueller. "[The screenplay] wasn't that great, but we got a good name out of it," he jokes.

The Windsor threesome formed in 1997, although their friendships began many years earlier on the elementary school playground. Mueller, a third-year business administration student at the Richard Ivey School of Business, sings and plays lead guitar. He is joined by Mike Perica on drums and J. Parent on bass, who are both full-time students in Windsor.

Their first full-length album, Ambassador, is a loud and solid effort, with a range of sounds complemented by Mueller's haunting vocals. "The album is a collage of all of our influences and with our own special formula added to make it something that's somewhat unique, somewhat more exciting," Mueller explains. "It's all of our pasts, summed into one little box."

The concept of an ambassador, which also happens to be the name of the bridge connecting the city of Windsor to Detroit, Michigan, represents a great deal to the band. "Detroit and Windsor are two separate worlds and it's a very fine line between them," Mueller says. "There's a dichotomy, the cultures are so different, but we're tied."

In terms of how songs are created, the band relies on a democratic approach. "I do most of the words, but they can veto anything," Mueller says, adding their cohesiveness as a band is one of their strongest suits as it enables them to be honest and candid with each other.

"When something sucks, we can tell the person that it sucks," Mueller states bluntly. "The whole point of being in a band is that it's a creative entity and it's a very delicate scale and if you tip the balance, things don't really work out."

Dubbed a "taste of everything that was good about the '90s" by music-industry insiders, Mueller says the band's influences from the last decade include Fugazi and Girls Against Boys. "There was a lot of great experimental music going on and we've taken the best and the worst and put it all together," he says.

For now, the band plans to stay away from major labels and stick with Chief Town Music. "If we're good enough, they'll come to us and if we're not, then we'll keep going on our way and we'll be plenty happy doing that."

In London for a show tomorrow night, the band hopes to hit the road in the spring after the school year ends. They also have aspirations to eventually make it across the country. "This is what we love to do. If we stop having fun, we won't keep playing," Mueller laughs.

Accordingly, he feels the live experience allows the band to flex their experimental muscle. "Some songs develop differently live and we play the music we do for the live show," he explains. "That's why we do it, that's why we're still here doing it, that's why we'll be doing it tomorrow and the next day."

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