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Being a rock metal fan for long as I can remember, one of my ardent desires has always been to be the proverbial fly on the wall during a band’s rehearsal. Bands tend to be very guarded before a gig, so it took some cajoling to get Greg Carcopoulos, drummer of progressive rock band Absolace, to let me in.
If there's one thing that solo artist Jay Wud wants to make sure I know from the start, it’s that he’s all about good ol’ fashioned rock.
With a tattooed arm, a messy head of hair and a pair of red Converse sneakers, it doesn’t really come as a shock when he tells me his upcoming 9-track album - appropriately titled "New Blood" - is going to be "100% rock 'n' roll".
Born only 2 weeks apart, 18-year-old Michael White and Glen Cowie decided to form an indie alternative band late last year and before they knew it, they were faced with the hardest task of all - naming themselves.
First they took the easy road and dubbed the band The Roses, then tried to turn their indifference into magic with the name Whatever. The real trouble started when they brought out the big guns with a few quasi-creative two-worders, throwing out names like Daydream Believers, Wasp Factory, and perhaps the most horrifying of them all - Persian Carpet.
Thankfully and finally, they trashed all of the above and settled on naming themselves after a song that came out nearly three decades before they were born - The Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks.
A band like "The Brownies" barely manages to make it into the rock genre.
With bongos instead of drums and an inability to keep a straight face as they pose for photos, the boys seem too happy to pull off the element of teenage angst that tortures rock stars everywhere.
"We're a non-pretentious, happy band," says Dutch rhythm guitarist Alex Bruyn.