Local Spotlight: Fourth
ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD. From left to right: Quinn, Zach and
Christian of local rockers 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
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
"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.