Volume 95, Issue 86

Friday, March 15, 2002
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Lowest of the Low begins rise back to the top

Thrilling Digressions

J. Dee's a fantastic burger voyage

Sector Seven quarantine London

Hot Water heats it up onstage

Shits and Giggles

Sector Seven quarantine London

By Megan O'Toole
Gazette Staff

In the 1971 movie The Andromeda Strain, a disease wipes out the planet and the survivors get quarantined to 'Sector Seven.'

It is from these questionable roots that the musical act Sector Seven emerged. "That could be bullshit because I've never seen the movie, but it's the story I was told," says guitarist Lee Williamson.

Coming together in Grimsby, Ont., the energetic quintet attended the same high school and jammed in their spare time.

"The guys were always jumping around and being silly when we started and it's totally a part of the band now," Williamson recalls. "That's what we do onstage to keep our energy up, get the show going and just have fun."

These days, Sector Seven has moved out of the basement and into the studio. Their debut album, Dual, was released earlier this year and a follow-up is expected shortly.

As a form of expression, Williamson believes music can have a significant impact on society.

"Music can be a very effective way of getting the word out because it's a mainstream thing and people are inundated with it, whether they want to be or not," he says, adding it can be more efficient than even print media. "Everyone listens to music, but not everyone can read."

The raw energy that characterizes Sector Seven's music is not purely punk, according to Williamson. "There are punk elements to our sound, like the beats, rhythms and drums, but I would like to think we have our own style," he explains. "It's really a bit of everything if you listen closely."

As a child, Williamson was interested in heavy metal. "My brother and I were big into that shit. Old Ozzy albums and all that kind of stuff," he recalls. "But then, I was pretty much all over the map."

Despite being an avid music consumer, Williamson did not always plan to enter the industry as an artist. "I took piano lessons and guitars were usually lying around my house, but I didn't always know I wanted to follow [this path]."

Williamson got his inspiration when the other guys in Sector Seven needed a bassist. Because they lived in a small town, he was one of the few available choices.

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"That's really why I got the gig – because I lived down the street," he laughs. Since those days, he has moved on from bass and is now the band's lead guitarist.

With all the touring they've done across the country, the guys in Sector Seven have grown familiar with the Canadian music scene. "It's pretty harsh to tour for a Canadian band today because the cities are so far apart," Williamson notes.

Still, when he gets the chance, Williamson books gigs with bands that are stylistically different from Sector Seven, simply to hear their music. "That way you get to meet them and maybe get some free shit off them," he laughs.

Although they enjoy playing shows in their own country, Sector Seven understand that in order to gain a more widespread following, they will have to head south of the border.

"The fact is, if you want to be successful, you have to [go to the States]," Williamson states frankly. "That's where the money is. There are bigger audiences because there are more people. If you want to be a serious band, you can't dork around in Southern Ontario forever."

Sector Seven will play Call the Office tonight with Angry Agency. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $5.

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