Volume 96, Issue 10
Friday September 13, 2002

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Local Spotlight #1: Aaah-choo!

By Maggie Wrobel
Gazette Staff

Artist: The Tissues
Weapons of choice: vocals, guitars, bass, drums
Location: London, Ontario

Gazette File Photo

COME ON GUYS, JUST A FEW MORE GIGS AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO AFFORD THAT NEW VAN! The Tissues (left to right; Loye, Sullivan, Dafoe, Mei) sell their soul for rock and roll.

The Tissues are an up-and-coming London band whose fresh alternative-country sound is catching the attention of listeners across the country.

The band is comprised of Dominique Loye (guitar/vocals), Maureen Sullivan (guitar/vocals), Sue "Sookie" Mei (bass/vocals) and Adam Dafoe (drums). All of them have day jobs in the so-called "real world" – Sullivan works in a chiropractor's office and a movie theatre, Mei and Loye have office jobs, while Dafoe is the only one with a decidedly rock and roll job– he works at Western's radio station, CHRW 94.7FM as the production director.

After a brief stint in a self-described "noisy punk band" called Bathtub Holiday, Sullivan hooked up with Loye in the shared desire to create a new sound.

"I wanted to do harmonies," says Sullivan, "so Dominique and I got together with a couple of acoustic guitars and started the band."

The two were soon joined by Mei and Dafoe, which completed The Tissues' lineup.

When asked to describe the band's sound, Sullivan had a hard time pinning it down to any one category.

"It's sort of a lo-fi, alt-country folk, pop-rock sound," she laughs. "I guess there's no one we sound exactly like." However, she does cite eccentric piano pixie Cat Power, lo-fi indie rock heroes Royal City and The Beatles as influences on the band's sound.

Coincidentally, The Tissues approach songwriting in a collaborative manner similar to "the Fab Four."

"Dominique and I will usually arrive with an idea [for a song], and then each person will add their individual part to it. Adam has a lot of input in the actual song structures," she reveals.

Sullivan, who writes the majority of The Tissues' lyrics, says her inspiration usually comes from her own personal experiences.

"I don't really tell narrative stories (in my songs)," Sullivan says. "I usually just relate some real experiences I've had, but I try to write about them indirectly and poetically."

The Tissues have been playing regular gigs downtown at The Wick (331 Talbot St.) every Wednesday night and have just finished recording a new EP called The Rooftop Record, which should be released later this fall.

Sullivan reveals that the band is also ready to start recording their full-length release with renowned London producer Andy Magoffin (The Weekend, The Two-Minute Miracles) sometime this fall at his "House of Miracles" recording studio in London.

Also on the horizon is the band's opening slot this Sunday night for alternative country songstress Carolyn Mark at the Gravity Club (335 1/2 Talbot St.) in downtown London.

"I've been there a few times to see other bands play, but we've never played there before," Sullivan says of the Gravity Club. "It's quite small, but that's actually good, because it makes it more intimate."

With so much excitement surrounding The Tissues, one might wonder if the band members are satisfied with their growing success.

"For sure," Sullivan enthuses. "But, I'd really like to be able to quit my day job!" she admits.

If things continue on the same positive track for the band, she may be able to do that sooner rather than later.

The Tissues play the Gravity Club (355 1/2 Talbot St.) with Carolyn Mark and the Room-Mates on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.. The show is open to all ages.


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