Announcing “Volume Vs. Voice” + Apt 613 Exclusive Sneak Peek

March 24 2015 | Posted by Chris

Volume Vs. Voice cover

Admittedly I’ve always wanted to make an acoustic record.

And for a long time now I’ve toyed with that cliched artist dream of isolating myself in a secluded cabin surrounded by bottles, pens, guitars, paper, Christmas lights doing summer duty. I could feel the river beach sand in my old Vans. I could hear the welcoming cricket chorus. There would be no internet, TV or phone, though there would be a radio to keep some loose tabs on the outside world.

And there would be a recording device hooked up to a microphone or two.

As the vision goes, I slowly take a breath, a sip, then reach across the acoustic guitar cradled in my lap to hit record. From there, I let the fates, the muses, the local ghosts take over.

The result of living out that little fantasy over 5 days is my new LP “Volume Vs. Voice”. These numbers all came to life in the crisp mountain air, on a few summer evenings in a dimly lit cabin in rural Quebec, Canada.

The songs and the way they are recorded here are meant to be as cozy as that old coveted cheap guitar and as fragrant as the warming tubes of your parent’s old gramophone.

Companions for quietly contented, lonely evenings.

It was a soul satisfying thrill to get this out of my system.

Volume Vs. Voice arrives April 21st.

Our pals at Apartment 613 here in Ottawa have an exclusive first listen to the track “My Focal Point”.

The complete track listing:

1. Rocket + Savings
2. Calling All Kids Reunion
3. Hunker Down
4. Chaise Lounge
5. Treatment Burns
6. My Focal Point
7. SOS For Sonny Rey
8. The Persuasive Injury
9. Disappointed A Few People
10. Time To Dispel

Pre-order Volume Vs. Voice here.

This record is 100% independent, so thank you for your early support!

To celebrate the release, I’ll be playing these fine cities as well:

Wed. April 22nd – Vancouver – Skinny Fat Jacks with Meredith Bates & Chris Gestrin and Skye Brooks & Paul Rigby
Thurs. April 23rd – Calgary – Ironwood with Rodney Decroo and Great Aunt Ida
Fri. April 24th – Saskatoon – Vangeli’s with The Whiskey Jerks and David Simard
Sat. April 25th – Edmonton – Brixx with Rodney Decroo and Great Aunt Ida
Thurs. April 30th – Charlottetown – Baba’s with Josh Carter
Fri. May 1st – Moncton – Spin-It Records (7pm)
Sat. May 2nd – Halifax – The Carleton – Opening for The Carletones
Sat. May 9th – Ottawa Record Release – Raw Sugar with Sarah Wotherspoon, Colin Majid and Jon Pearce

More dates, more exclusive songs, videos and details coming soon!

Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to keep up to date.

Chris plays House of Targ for Both Kinds of Music 10th Anni!

March 20 2015 | Posted by Chris

Photo by Andrew Carver

The Mighty CKCU‘s Both Kinds of Music celebrates 10 years on the air with a couple of live shows next week.

Sarah and Bandeeto Colin will join me on stage this Thursday March 26th to raise a rock and roll toast and celebrate Dick Altavista and his great show ‘Both Kinds Of Music’.

Also on the bill are G. Rogers & The Capital Dominion Radiators and Lone Pig & the Rhythm Sucklers.

Doors at 9, show rolls at 10, …just $5!

Join us for tunes, pinball and perogies as we celebrate Both Kinds of Music… which is like other shows on CKCU and college radio who support local, independent artists year in and year out!

Where: House of Targ, 1077 Bank St. Ottawa
Date: Thursday, March 26th
Presented by: CKCU, Pretty Bad Records, Dave’s Drum Shop
Doors: 9pm / Show at 10pm
Cover: $5

Details on the House of Targ site are here.

Facebooker? Find the ‘event’ here.


2nd Annual ‘Solos Going Steady’ show in Ottawa March 7th

February 21 2015 | Posted by Chris

Page - Photo by Ming Wu
Photo by Ming Wu

Last year was such a blast, we’re doing it again!

I’ll be joining my pals Jon Hynes, Catriona Sturton and Patrick Shanks for another evening of singer-songwriter sounds, this time in the confines of Ottawa’s Celtic Cross.

It was during the planning of last year’s show that we came up with the name ‘Solos Going Steady’ in a loose ode to The Buzzcocks and it was Patrick who thought we should make it a yearly shindig.

And once again, meltingplastic has provided us with a knock out poster!

Admission is ‘pay what you can’ and the show gets underway at 9pm sharp.

UPSTAIRS! The Celtic Cross, 343 Somerset St. W, Ottawa

FB event is here

Solos Going Steady

Sold out show + last call for The Stand GT T-shirts

January 27 2015 | Posted by Chris

Photo by Andrew Carver

Thanks to everyone who came out to Irene’s and made that fun rock and roll blow-out a sell out!

Patrick Shanks was on fire and Fuad and the Feztones got the place absolutely hopping.

I won’t tell you when it was The Stand GT last shared a stage with Bobby Beaton and John Davis…I’ll save that for another post!

Bobby and John of Fuad, and formerly of the legendary Gruesomes! Photo by Andrew Carver

Patrick Shanks leads the crowd in a rousing, sing-along rendition of ‘Wake And Bake And Ride My Bike’.
Photo by Andrew Carver.

Considering it’s been awhile since we hit the stage, I thought The Stand GT ripped it up pretty good! We played a rock solid set of songs that span all our releases, with a heavy tilt in favour of the newly remastered (and classic IMHO!) Blur Your Cool.

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, get on it here! It’s a blistering classic and our pal Rob Seaton has done a great job reviving this cassette-only release from back in the day.

A bit of an abbreviated version of ‘Sad Bunch Of People’…but you get the idea!
Thanks for grabbing this, Chris Cook


The screen is now retired…

The Stand GT merch

Rare show by The Stand GT in Ottawa January 10th

December 30 2014 | Posted by Chris

The Stand GT
Photo by Shawn Scallen

As many of you know, The Stand GT rarely plays live these days.

That’s why we’re psyched to announce we’ll be playing a one-off show in Ottawa on Saturday January 10th at Irene’s in Ottawa! This will be just the second show the band has done in the last 10 years.

After a blistering comeback set at this past summer’s Ottawa Explosion Weekend, the band has decided to play once again for those who may have missed that show last June.

The Stand GT live at OXW, 2014 - Photo by Ming Wu
The Stand GT at OXW, June 2014 – Photo by Ming Wu

The Stand GT also re-released a remastered version of its classic release ‘Blur Your Cool‘.

You can purchase and support the band by downloading a copy of ‘Blur Your Cool’ here.

Also: Read more about the release in an earlier post here.

Stream it!

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