Expanda Fuzz covers Rough Trade’s High School Confidential

July 15 2016 | Posted by Chris

High School Confidential
Illustration by meltingplastic

Covers are always fun and this one was a blast.

Expanda Fuzz was recently asked to contribute a Canadian cover song to a great collective of musicians here in Ottawa called ‘The Centretown Recording Alliance‘ to celebrate Canada Day.

We chose the iconic Rough Trade song High School Confidential and thought that it was the perfect track as Canada Day also coincided with the Pride celebrations going on in Toronto that weekend.

Meltingplastic’s artwork for the track pays tribute to Carole Pope‘s lyrics during the song when she compares her fixation to 50s bombshells, including Mamie Van Doren!

And just the mention of that name will put Ms. Pope’s iconic, sultry lyrics bouncing around your head.

We’re liking this cover and hope you think we did it justice:

Follow us on Soundcloud and see more of meltingplastic’s artwork for the growing Expanda Fuzz song catalogue!

Be sure to check out all the wicked Canuck covers on this comp:

Pre-order our first record here from Bandcamp (If you’re in Ottawa, email us for free shipping: expandafuzz(at)gmail(dot)com!

Chris plays Ottawa Bluesfest Saturday July 9th at 1pm!

July 4 2016 | Posted by Chris

Here’s me playing a solo set at Ottawa Bluesfest in 2010! Photo by Ming Wu

Hey all,
Just a quick note to let you know I’ll be on the Claridge Homes Stage this coming Saturday July 9th at 1pm.

I’ll have some friends joining me on stage and we’ll be playing most of the Volume Vs. Voice record, though I will have a few oldie treats for you as well!

I’m looking forward to being a part of this great festival once again and playing some of my songs for you.

Hope to see you out there in field…


Hello, Expanda Fuzz

June 3 2016 | Posted by Chris

The cover of the first LP, “Bleuets”. Designed by Meltingplastic.

I’ve been collaborating on a new rock ‘n’ roll, garage-fuzz, muddy-pop project that we’ve affectionately called ‘Expanda Fuzz‘.

I’m super proud of what we’ve recorded so far and excited that we’re finally releasing a chunk of it into the world.

We just – this moment – released our first album ‘Bleuets’ and you’re the first to know!

Check it out here on Bandcamp.

We’re pressing a straight-up, DIY, limited run of 100 copies on vinyl, and you can preorder it on Bandcamp as well.


Our FIRST SHOW EVER is at this year’s edition of Ottawa Explosion Weekend!

We kick off the Fest on Wednesday June 15th at 7pm. We think it’s a pretty good event for a coming out party, don’t you think?

Check the Facebook event here.

We’ve got a bunch more stuff recorded, so follow us on Facebook and Soundcloud as there will be much more to come.

Finally, here is the first video for the creepizoid, lead-off track “Flavour : Zombie”.


New music! Bakelite In The Moonlight

April 20 2016 | Posted by Chris


Bakelite In The Moonlight

This recording started its life as an acoustic demo I wrote awhile ago. Recently it really started thumping in my brain’s jukebox. When that happens, I usually decide it’s time to let it outside to do its thing, always hoping that I don’t have to clean up after it.

The root of the chorus is how I think we all sometimes daydream about cutting all ties and silently slipping away. You know, that running away fantasy that may or may not involve a pickup truck. Apparently Neil Young had it. Maybe that’s where the fantasy comes from? Maybe it’s just me.

Revealing trade secrets, the original idea for the song was based on a tenor guitar riff which gives it that high, jangley bit off the top. It feels like this song could sub-into a kitchen party rave up. Maybe I’ll find a one of those sometime soon and try the theory out.

In the meantime, I’m content to just let this one out into the yard:

Cons At The New Moon

This is a track from Camp Radio’s first LP. I thought doing an acoustic version of this power poppy number would be a fun experiment. It’s always been one of my favourite Camp Radio songs to play. The riff off the top is a jammer and The Knack style break down as the song builds from the bridge has always been a rock and roll manoeuvre I’m proud of.

The backstory stuff: the New Moon was a restaurant in NDG (Montreal) that served as part of the backdrop to my time living there. I remember my friend Leesie finding a cockroach in a salad there too, and though that gave us pause, it didn’t stop us going for poutine when we were bringing empties back to the Dep across the street.

The part about getting shin splints running down that street in my Chuck Taylors is absolutely true and the ‘sweet breath offers’ and ‘hack poets, fumbling on’ is meant as a private tribute to another old friend who went on to do some pretty cool things. She still does.

Those are just some of the little moments that came together to make this song, which is selfishly meant as a vehicle to keep those memories alive for me.

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Covering The Pogues

March 17 2016 | Posted by Chris

My beat up copy. The front cover of the 7″ “Sugarbuzz”

In 1993, just after The Stand GT signed to Seattle’s Top Drawer records, we released a 7″ EP called Sugarbuzz.

Recorded in Montreal, the record included a ripping version of The Pogue’sIf I Should Fall From Grace With God“.

I remember wanting to see how fast we could play that killer accordion riff on guitar. Once we figured that out, the tempo was set. Having just got into Rocket From The Crypt, we also decided to add a sax part, which has since always struck me as kinda comical.

And in case you ever wondered, that sardonic comment off the top, “Drummers”, was by our coach and mentor, the legendary Montreal-by-way-of-Australia producer, Rod Shearer.

Sugarbuzz back cover
The back cover

I really love this song.

It is such a great example of Shane’s exquisite, thoughtful and intelligent lyrics, married with an anthemic melody, all while keeping the street punk cred firmly intact. Simply brilliant.

Here is our version, fun and zerofucksgiven as it is. I hope Shane would be proud.

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You can also listen to, stream and support us by downloading the other songs on Bandcamp here!

And of course, the glorious original below.

Happy St. Patricks Day and long live Shane MacGowan and The Pogues.

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