Volume 95, Issue 92

Wednesday, March 27, 2002
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Dig deep to find that Innerstate

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Dig deep to find that Innerstate

By Megan O'Toole
Gazette Staff

"It's about digging deep within your soul and letting out what doesn't come out on a regular basis," says Lucy Di Santo, vocalist for Innerstate.

"Through the music, I can say what I want and do what I want. It's the best form of release and it's therapeutic for me," she adds. Di Santo says Innerstate's focus on experimentalism is a definite departure from the music of her former project – a band called Acid Test which focused more on rock, techno and funk music.

"[Acid Test] was an eye-opening experience," Di Santo recalls. "We've definitely changed since then. We're heavier and more experimental now."

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Just prior to the birth of Innerstate, Di Santo and guitarist Steve Fall were searching for additional members to complement their unique sound.

"We were looking for somebody trippy-heavy and that's when we found Rob [Clarkson]," Di Santo says, noting that Innerstate is definitely "a band focused on chemistry."

Even the band's official website (http://www.innerstate.ca) is an exercise in experimentalism. All of the band members have provided input on the design and content of the site.

Clearly, Innerstate is willing to push limits. Musician Joachim Toelke plays a large part in the band's website design, according to Di Santo. "He's trying to showcase his personal talent and he's a good friend of ours," she says.

Like the website, Innerstate's new video is a journey into the band's own expressionism. Filmed at the "haunted" Heinzman House in Toronto, it features Di Santo as a lost soul in search of herself.

"When I first saw the house, I was like, 'this is gorgeous,' but when I started to hear about the haunting, I started to feel [a spiritual presence] just walking up the stairs," Di Santo says.

She adds director Marc Ricciardelli was extremely steadfast about his ideas. "A lot of people were trying to convince [Ricciardelli] to do other things, but he stuck to his vision," Di Santo explains.

"He guided us and I think he really got the vibe. The house represented my memories and, in his vision, I was a lost soul finding my own experiences in different rooms."

With her focus on experimentalism, it's no surprise that Di Santo prefers performing live to other types of media. "It's fun to see yourself on video, but live is when you let it all out and it's a great experience. You get something that you can't get from the CD," Di Santo asserts.

Innerstate will be playing at the Embassy on Saturday, Mar. 30 with Dyneomight and LoDown. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $5.

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