Here are two truths for you to ponder. The first truth is that the music industry is cyclical. Music that was once new and exciting eventually overstays its welcome and fades ushering in new sounds and styles that develop and warp into one another over time. Then, just when you feel like the music industry is stagnant and you’re totally out of the loop as to what is cool, the bottom falls out and that old sound you once loved and were totally in tune with comes back. Sure it’s not exactly the same but the essence of what made it what it was is still there.
The second truth is that Life Size Dream may not be quite ready for the big time in the eyes of the movers and shakers of the industry. In some ways even James, Tom and Gilles may agree with them, but these guys are not going to let that stand in their way.
Formed in 2003 at the ages of 11, 13 and 15, James Yorke (drums/vocals), Tom Yorke (guitar, vocals) and Gilles Beaulieu (bass, vocals) started a band (High Deafinition) together because it was fun. To this day that is still one of the biggest driving forces behind what they are doing. Of course they understand that in order to continue having fun doing what they are doing they also have to take care of business. They know that the road ahead of them is a long one and they choose to not sit back and just take what comes to them. Instead they approach the music industry without fear and a blue collar work ethic, likely the product of living in Sudbury, most known for mining rock and ore rather than rock and roll.
And really there is no healthier way to tackle an industry that sometimes feels about as easy to break into as successfully completing a lunar landing. So many bands try to ‘make it’ because of fame, fortune and all the dressings that go along with that. The ones who have made it the biggest out of them all are the ones who truly love what they are doing and are having fun.
And on the topic of work ethic, the band has just added recording a demo, and entering into a development deal with Warner Music Canada to a list of accomplishments dating back to 2004. Some of these accomplishments include performing on the Vans Warped Tour, getting voted as the best up and coming band in Northern Ontario by CBC Bandwidth, having one of their songs chosen for a national campaign television commercial for West 49, qualifying as one of the top six bands in Ontario as part of the Solo Music/Alexisonfire Basement Band Contest in 2004 and they’ve opened for Sum 41 all the while two of the members were still in high school. Most recently the band opened for their retro rock brethren 'Jet' at the Opera House in Toronto.
The second truth is probably not like anything you ever read about other bands. Most would claim that they are ready for the big time, but “the industry just hasn’t seen them yet”. Or that they are the biggest thing since sliced bread but they are “so powerful that the industry just doesn’t ‘get them’ and isn’t ready for them yet.” But it’s about time that honesty enters into the picture which leads us back to that first truth.
There was once a time when rock and roll became rock n’ roll, a loose, dirty, loud, rude yet honest version of what preceded it. A sound that everyone understood. A sound that wasn’t categorized into sub-sub-sub genres.
This is where Life Size Dream comes in. There is a resurgence in the music industry of bands bringing back that gritty rock that is bare bones and cut to the quick honest to goodness ass kicking rock and Life Size Dream is well on their way to leading the charge. The music they are creating is reminiscent of The Small Faces with a dash of The Who and The Beatles and maybe, just maybe, you might just hear a thundering clap of Led Zeppelin. This along with their stellar live show and professionalism beyond their years is the reason the industry has taken notice. Of course Life Size Dream isn’t a household name just yet but it will only be a matter of time.
They will be the first to tell you that nothing will hold them back. Yes they have achieved a lot so far but why stop now when they are having so much fun. It’s this innocent relationship between them and their music that will set them apart
James Yorke - Drums/Vocals
Tom Yorke - Guitar/Vocals
Gilles Beaulieu - Bass/Vocals
Debut EP under the band name High Deafinition called "Insert Title Here". Sold 750 copies and counting. "The Motion Picture" Released under the band name High Deafinition in March 2006 has sold just over 800 units.
Living a Life Size Dream
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Living a Life Size Dream Jul 28, 2010By: Jenny Jelen - Sudbury Northern Life Staff The Val Ca...Living a Life Size Dream
Jul 28, 2010By: Jenny Jelen - Sudbury Northern Life Staff
The Val Caron-born boys of Life Size Dream have come a ways from their early days as High Definition.
Gilles Beaulieu, the band’s 22-year-old bass player, said the more classical sound of their current music was formed through “the process of growing up.”
High Definition was made up of 11-year-old James Yorke on drums, 13-year-old Tom Yorke on guitar and 15-year-old Beaulieu on bass.
Moving away from their punk-rock origins, Life Size Dream came about in January of 2009. “We went through this whole metamorphosis,” Tom said. “We’re trying to define what we do now, opposed to what we did before.”
Although the boys still have fond memories of High Definition, they said there is no reunion in sight. “We’re proud of it, but it’s something in the past,” James said. “It was more naïve, and there wasn’t as much thought put into it as our music today.”
Beaulieu said the band’s shift in sound has sparked mixed reviews. “We’ve spoken to a lot of people who really liked High Def, and wish that we would still play the songs,” he said. “We’ve also met a lot of people who love the transformation, and think that we’re on the right track. There’s a lot of positive feedback on both ends.”
Now, with the new sound in tow, Life Size Dream is touring its most recent four-track demo. The tour includes 12 stops over 14 days, many of which are on the east coast.
During a phone call from an apartment above a Moncton, N.B. bar, Tom said the band’s first tour was going better than expected.
“You’re relying on a lot of things: promoters, if the shows still going to be going on, and a van — a big piece of machinery that could break down at any time — you’re relying on a lot of things that could potentially fail,” he said. “If you expect some things to go wrong, no matter what, you’ll take it in the right way and you won’t be aggravated.”
The band’s tour wraps up in Toronto, where all three boys currently live, but not before a stop in Sudbury at the Townehouse Tavern on July 29.
Beaulieu said playing to a hometown audience is always a good experience.
“The last time we played the Townehouse, there must have been 150 people there, mostly friends who just haven’t seen us in a while,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to the Sudbury show. I’m expecting all the same people to come out again.
“Of course, we just love going home. It’s always a good time going back to Sudbury.”
The boys said their future plans involve lots of writing and rehearsing, and there are talks of an Ontario tour in the fall.
For more information or to hear Life Size Dream, visit www.myspace.com/lifesizedream
All original 45 minute set.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.