Volume 94, Issue 81

Thursday, February 15, 2001


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Psychotic rock with Treble Charger

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Psychotic rock with Treble Charger

By Beth Martin
Gazette Staff

Driving around aimlessly, lost somewhere near Mississauga, Greig Nori, the lead singer/guitarist of Treble Charger took a few moments out of his busy schedule to call and chat.

Riding the success of their newest album, Wide Awake Bored, touring has been a steady occurrence for the band. Their new dates include mostly Canadian colleges and universities. "We did the bar thing when we toured the East and did a lot of all ages shows. We've been touring so much in Canada, so now we're doing schools."

Also on the band's busy performance schedule are the Juno Awards, an opportunity to play that they are extremely excited about. Treble Charger is nominated for two Juno Awards as well, best rock album for Wide Awake Bored, and best single for "American Psycho."

When asked if he thought they would win, Nori responds with a laugh, "Yes! No, not really. We might win best rock album, but we're up against Nelly Furtado and her bird song for best single, so I don't think we'll win that one."

As far as pervious tours, Treble Charger toured in the United States for two years, and plan to tour again when "American Psycho" hits the airwaves in a few weeks. As to how they liked the States, Nori mentions that music there seems more compartmentalized and there is usually less acceptance for a crossover band. "If you're in the wrong venue, you end up getting the finger," he says.

"American Psycho," possibly the biggest hit song in Treble Charger's history, was written to be just that. "I expected it would be the song that stood out," Nori says.

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On the surface, the song was written because Nori had read the book American Psycho and he liked the term. Dig a little deeper, and he says it was written about the US media circuit. Nori was in the States during the Columbine shootings and witnessed the way the American media scrambled to make everything as sensational as possible.

"They made it into this circus," he complains. "All you saw were the names of those two boys who did it, and nothing about the victims – it was all backwards."

As far as Treble Charger's image goes, it's all about fun and not taking things too seriously. Take for example last year's appearance at Summersault music festival when the band appeared as KISS and played cover songs. "It was Duncan from Our Lady Peace's idea. The Foo Fighters were supposed to do it, but they wussed out, so we agreed and were learning all the songs on the bus the night before."

In regards to the group's long road to fame, Nori says his goal all along was to be in a band. "My only regret is going to school. Post-secondary is a colossal waste of time. I should have just started a band."

Nori went to university to study English and political science, but couldn't get a job, so he then went to college for graphic design and within a week, he got a high paying position.

"University is good for being a doctor or lawyer, but for the arts, you might as well just go to college."

When asked if anything fun or exciting has happened this tour, Nori says, "We're trying to get people to throw up on stage." Sounds like good old fashioned rock star fun.

Treble Charger are bringing their hits to town for a show tonight at The Drink.

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