Sometimes local talent is so good, so fantastic, so unbelievably gifted, that it takes your breath away. Such is the case with Toronto, Ontario’s Slave to the SQUAREwave. This is a group that is tight, has all the right sounds, and boasts a lead singer who has the talent and range of David Byrne and David Bowie all wrapped up in one. They have got the look, sound, and feel of 80’s New Wave and synth pop down so well, that at times while listening it’s hard to believe that I have not been surreptitiously transported back to the era of music that I cherish so much.
I have had the privilege of being introduced to the magic that is all things SLAVE via David Marsden’s weekly show streaming over the Internet from 94.9 The Rock FM (see June 25th’s post). This incredible group is made up of Colin Troy (vocals), Andrew Starr (guitar), Rob Stuart (keyboards), and Doug Lea (drums). Colin’s voice is a solid, full range that encompasses everything from a growl to a flawless high-octave wail. Bringing it all into perfect balance, the backing instrumentals are up to the raw power of Colin’s vocal mastery.
This is a group that not only nails their songs in the studios, but is a strong onstage presence at live shows as well. I have heard reports from fans lucky enough to see them in and around the TO area, but I have also been given the chance to see and hear this phenomenon for myself via two fan videos on YouTube. Someone had the presence of mind to shoot video of STTSW performing two of their hottest tracks live for CBC radio which I have included below.
Slave to the SQUAREwave is such a powerful foursome that they deserve international fame. The fact that some artists/bands who have half the talent have struck it rich in the international music world, makes a strong case that this foursome is destined for the big time. One can only hope that they will be promoted strongly, garnering the following they need to catapult them into the spotlight. After nearly a decade, they are more than due.
Visit the Slave to the SQUAREwave website where you can hear full versions of some of their best music. Check them out on MySpace where you can treat your ears to their searing hot new single “Healing Hands,” among other fabulous selections. RalphD has information about each of their tracks on his Slave to the SQUAREwave fan blog.
If you like what you hear, support them by purchasing their music via CD Baby.
[Edit: I received this note from Rob Stuart about the forthcoming Slave to the SQUAREwave CD:
Thanks so much the kind words about S2TSW. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve just finished mastering the new 15 song CD which is called “The Money Shot” and I’m in the process of finalizing the artwork. It’s going to be a double disc set with a bonus DVD which includes videos, remixes, lyrics and photos. Release date is July 21st and will be available exclusively from http://www.marsdenglobal.com.
Thanks for your continued support.
From the samples that David Marsden has played on his show, I can’t wait to purchase my copy!]
“Sinners of Saint Avenue” Live for CBC via YouTube user DirkFimbob:
“Summertown” via YouTube user slavetothesquarewave:
“Sinners of Saint Avenue” via YouTube user KRASHandBarbie:
“New York’s A Go-Go” live for CBC via YouTube user DirkFimbob:
“Pumpin’ Up The ‘P’ House” via YouTube user SparksMusic:
Slave to the SQUAREwave (2000)
The Future is Square (2002)
Big Change (SparksMusic 2007)
(no image available) The Money Shot (due for release July 21, 2009)