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Friday, November 2, 2001
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London's Ten Heads: definitely not geniuses

By Debra Eveleigh
Gazette Writer

Some bands are beyond classification. London's Ten Heads is definitely one such band.

Frontman Jeffrey Deibert-Patterson suggests the band's music is a mix of "Indie adult contemporary, groovy-geezer reggae, funky ska-punk and sappy pop."

If you have no idea what that means, you're not alone.

Deibert-Patterson's distinctive personality reflects how the band got its name. "Sometimes, when you do something unusual, people look at you like you have ten heads," he jokes.

The group have been playing the local scene since they formed in 1992.

"We knew each other from playing around London. We started jamming a little bit and a year after that, we got our first lineup," he recalls.

Having been part of the local scene for such a lengthy period, Deibert-Patterson took a brief moment to explain how the scene has developed.

"It's getting better as it goes. For a long time, there wasn't really a lot of places to play and you certainly couldn't get paid very well," he says. "Now a few clubs are starting to pay bands better, but we've been a little lackadaisical trying to get there."

The band is starting a new chapter with the release of their first CD. After devoting the majority of their existence to live shows, Ten Heads feel it's the right time to release an album.

"The Rheostatics had been going for nine years before they had their first album out," says Deibert-Patterson.

Staying true to London, Ten Heads' album was produced at the House of Miracles, where the band had the opportunity to work with Andy Magoffin, frontman of the Two Minute Miracles.

Even though they have become accustomed to the recording studio, playing live for such a prolonged period of time allows the band to boast about their high-energy live performances.

"We play mostly originals – about 75 per cent right now and that is the lowest it has ever been," he says. "Our bass player Greg isn't really interested in doing covers. We like to spice things up a little bit and give people a chance to hook on to something they know.

"We want to do songs that people know well enough to say, 'OK, I can tell what they're doing, where they are going and who their influences are.' It's kind of an insight into what we're trying to accomplish on our own," Diebert-Patterson explains.

The release of their album, Swimming and Singing, won't divert the band from its "live" goals.

"[The plan is to] put the record out, get [some] better gigs and keep playing for our friends. The overall goal is to continue on, have fun, meet some fun people and share ideas with like-minded people," he says.

The band actually measures success on a rather unique scale.

"You don't get yourself all wound up about big success. You have to measure your success in a different way," he says.

For Deibert-Patterson, it's about being true to himself and expanding his art with time and experience.

"I have tried to keep to the same style I started with so many years ago – ska-punk. My friends tone me down once in a while, which is great because it gives me a chance to go at it from a different angle and make the ideas come out in a way I wouldn't have thought of on my own," he says.

"That's why it's better to have other [musicians] to work with because, unless you're a genius, you can't think of it on your own [and] I am definitely not a genius."

Deibert-Patterson and the Ten Heads may not be musical geniuses, but they do promise a good time.

Ten Heads bring their live show to The Wick tonight.

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