Camp Radio Live at Cafe Dekcuf, Ottawa – Photo by Andrew Carver
I’m really psyched to riff-up with Camp Radio again this weekend for a great cause!
Our good friend Johnny Nash has been battling illness and hasn’t been able to work for the past while. Great friends and bands will come together in a rock n’ roll celebration this Saturday night at the Dom to help out Johnny and Rosa.
If you don’t do the FB, here is the scoop:
10:15 – CAMP RADIO
10:45 – BANDITAS
11:15 – GARAGA
11:45 – ANDREW V
12:15 – HILOTRONS
Co-hosted with SLO TOM!!
Doors open at 9pm
And if you are not able to make the show, but would like to contribute, there is a Go Fund Me page set up here.
To celebrate the release of Volume Vs. Voice on vinyl (see post below for ordering details!), we’re going out on the road for a few shows with Edmonton’s Concealer who have just released their first CD: fêted:fetid.
Here are the cities we’ll be playing this week!
Wed. Nov 11: Montreal, La Vitrola
Thurs. Nov 12: Ottawa, Raw Sugar
Fri. Nov 13: Wakefield, Kaffe 1870 (with Frank & Birdie!)
Sat. Nov 14: Kingston, The Artel (with VOID)
Sun. Nov 15: Toronto, Handlebar (with Wax Mannequin)
Hope to see you this week!
The test pressings are in and they sound really awesome!
I’m so excited about this!
Volume Vs. Voice is a record that I’m really proud of and it is finally coming out on vinyl.
I’m putting this out 100% independently, D.I.Y. style, and I could really use your support to help pay for it!
Here is what is in the limited package:
Limited, independent vinyl release of Volume Vs. Voice:
1. Limited to 250 copies
2. Each copy hand-numbered and signed
3. The first 75 copies receive a very limited embroidered 3″ VOLUME VS. VOICE circle patch (your jean jacket will love you for it! See pic below)
4. Lyric sheet with liner notes
5. The first 75 copies will have a limited edition album artwork insert that is a meltingplastic.com original design, also hand numbered (a sketch of this is on my fridge but you can’t see it…it’s a surprise and really cool).
6. Each order gets a digital download code of the record (I can email you one right away if you like. Let me know: campradio(at)gmail(dot)com)
Ottawa orders will be delivered to your door. And if you’ve already been so supportive and purchased a digital DL or CD of the record and would like a vinyl copy, please contact me directly at campradio (at) gmail (dot) com and we can work out a special rate FOR BEING AWESOME.
Order the VOLUME VS. VOICE LIMITED PACKAGE HERE:
If you’d like to order multiple copies and save on shipping, please use BandCamp over here!
Why give me money for my music?
- Your hard earned cash goes directly toward paying for my expenses to put this record out on vinyl.
- It will also go toward future music projects (I’ve got a few exciting things in the works!)
- I’m 100% independent, so when you buy the CD, digital download, vinyl LP, T-shirt, etc, it directly goes to me and supports me to continue making music!
Please also help me spread the word by sending out this link on your social networks!
AS ALWAYS THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Some kind reviews of Volume Vs. Voice:
“This is a clever honest album, true to its title, worth taking the trouble with the journey of understanding.” – Americana UK
“PICK OF THE WEEK: The interplay between acoustic and electric guitars is masterful with the electric never overpowering, only enhancing. Chris’ voice also really stands out as it seems to teeter on the edge without ever stepping off. Lyrical content is rich and personal. All in all, this record is a win.” – Cups N Cakes Podcast
“…one of the best discs of the year.” – Michael Doherty’s Music Log
“…while each song is its own unique entity, Page’s earnest vocals, honest lyrics and steadfast guitar work are the unwavering strings that weave the whole record together.” – Exclaim!
“…if gruff-voiced and heartfelt gritty songs are up your alley, check out Volume Vs. Voice.” – New Canadian Music
“A troubadour that sounds as at home penning introspective acoustic songs, like those heard on his new album, as he is indulging in punk-inspired rock and roll.” – The Music Nerd
“…a slowed-down, finger-picking-laden, emotionally-charged acoustic album…The album is beautiful, a reflection of the scenery in which it was recorded.” – Ottawa Showbox
“The combination of Page’s earnest vocals and acoustic guitar blend well to create catchy folk-punk tunes.” – Apt 613
“…while he’s turned down the volume the songs are still distinctly in his own voice.” – Gray Owl Point
Stream Volume Vs. Voice:
Original picture taken in Little Bullhorn Studios…from the back cover of “Sell Out Slow“. It says “Now You May Rock”
This song came up randomly the other day and its been bouncing around in my head ever since.
Maybe it’s because I originally wrote it thinking about this time of year, but it will always remind me of the fall. I was at Concordia U at the time and there are a few friends and characters from my time there who appear in the song. It’s about longing for sure, but is centred around the concept of change and what we go through when dealing with changing places and time…and seasons.
Specifically, “Another line of long forgotten faces” is in reference to boarding the shuttle buses that run between campuses at Concordia. “Standing speechless underneath your billboard” is actually a literal line, not a metaphor, about when I returned to Montreal and saw a friend of mine on a giant billboard. Not something you experience everyday…
I’ve often thought about re-recording it, but I don’t think I could ever match the magic of Janice Hall’s voice or Dave Draves nonchalant piano playing. The subtle Simon and Garfunkel-esque ending of the song fading into reverb was completely intentional and still makes me grin.
Happy first full day of fall everyone…
“Thanks for playing” – How Daniel Johnston signed his book for me.
A pic of the Rhume gang hanging with Daniel after our show in Ottawa together. Though he looks a bit sad in this pic, I think he was truly overwhelmed by the enthusiastic, sold out crowd!
Throwing back to the time I played guitar with Rhume, backing up Daniel Johnston!
Plus, a fun little story…
Though we knew we’d be playing many of his classics, I was determined to get Daniel to play the song he co-wrote with Jad Fair, ‘Some Things Last A Long Time‘.
The song is so haunting and beautiful and I was obsessed with it at the time. Sadly I had heard he didn’t want to play it anymore.
I seem to remember the song surviving soundcheck, and I thought it was good to go for the show setlist.
(As I recall, in all honesty, Daniel was much more interested in making sure he had time to hit comic book shops than sound checking with us!)
And sure enough, when it came time to play the song during the show, Daniel leaned over to Jon Bartlett and whispered in his ear. Jon looked over at me and shook his head…it was official…Some Things was struck from the list.
I was so curious as to why he was so against playing it!
Afterwards, Daniel’s brother told us that he had recently taken a dislike to the song after seeing an Axe Body Spray commercial.
The tagline in the ad was ‘Some things last a long time’.
Despite not getting to play Some Things, it was still such a thrill to play guitar while backing up this legend and getting to perform so many of his incredible songs with him that night!
If you’ve never seen it, check out the incredible, moving and powerful documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston“:
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