Volume 96, Issue 61
Friday, January 17, 2003

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Local Spotlight: Fourth Line

By Megan O'Toole
Gazette Staff

Gazette file photo
KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD. From left to right: Quinn, Zach and Christian of local rockers Fourth Line.

Name: Fourth Line
Genre: rock 'n' roll
From: Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Together since: September 2002
Members: Quinn Simons (guitar/vocals), Christian Tenaglia (drums), Zach (bass)
Web site: www.fourthline.tk

Fourth Line Eugenic Rogue Tellurian – are you lost yet?

Not to worry – you're not the only one who hasn't heard of FLERT Dynamics, the independent record label owned and operated by London rockers Fourth Line. The label, much like the band, is still in its primary stages.

The "Fourth Line" portion of FLERT is self-explanatory, as it is the band's name, and also the name of the street on which vocalist Quinn Simons and drummer Christian Tenaglia lived in their native Sault Ste. Marie.

In the band's own words, "Eugenic" is the "study of methods of improving the human race," while "Rogue" is "of rebellious nature." The final piece, "Tellurian," means "for the earth of the earth."

Pretty hefty topics for a budding indie band.

But this type of environmentalist, anti-corporate attitude consistently pervades the music, lyrics and attitude of Fourth Line.

"If we can't see what a corporation has done with its assets for this planet over the past 10 years," Simons states frankly, "then we don't want anything to do with them."

Though Simons refers to himself as "gainfully unemployed and uneducated," bassist Zach attends Fanshawe College and Tenaglia is pursuing a biochemistry degree at Western. At the same time, they are creating what they deem to be "the only grunge band left in this age of mindless pop/death metal/rap/hip-hop."

"We're sick of seeing selfish 36-year-old men still singing about the girlfriends who dumped them," Simons adds, making a specific example of Fred Durst's new pet project, Puddle of Mudd.

Fourth Line is also highly critical of "bread rock" bands like Nickelback and Default.

"[Those bands] are literal musical diarrhea," Simons remarks. "We couldn't be any more blunt about the obvious. They think they are touching on controversial topics, but they all sing bullshit songs about getting drunk.

"The current state of rock 'n' roll is like old, British boredom, with a side order of preschool American McMusic," Simons analogizes.

The guys in Fourth Line believe record labels are also guilty of contributing to the current stagnance of the modern rock scene.

"Record labels are just as bad as big corporate businesses like McDonald's – after the mighty buck," Simons notes. [That's why] we want our own record label – so our CDs can sell at affordable prices and we can regulate content."

Fourth Line have already laid down the tracks for their new album, and are just waiting on a chance to record it. They're also getting ready for their first live electrical performance at Scott's Corner this weekend.

As for the band's long-term goals?

"Ultimately, we wish to distribute on Roswell Records and plant trees with the Foo Fighters."

Fourth Line will play at Scott's Corner Sunday, Jan. 19. There is no cover charge.


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