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"Rebellion proves experimental, progressive and pop"

They're kind of experimental and progressive, but open to interpretation.
Hailing from Blind River, An Offhand Rebellion made its debut at the Townehouse Tavern Thursday with the release of their first EP "Fire, Fire".
The Sudbury Star spoke to band members Naomi Kidd, Trevor Kidd and Marie Avery over the phone earlier this week.
An Offhand Rebellion opened up for Immaculate Machine. Cover is $5.

Is there a story behind the name An Offhand Rebellion?
Marie: We have a lot of punk influence, but at the same time we're not political or anti-establishment necessarily. The idea of being An Offhand Rebellion kind of has something oxymoronic about it.

How long have you been playing together?
Naomi: We actually met in college five years ago and we were in a band with other people. We all went our separate ways and Trevor and I got married.
Then Trevor and I decided to do music full time, just do a lot more music and we looked up Marie. She moved to our town and then we became a band.
That was last June.

You do music full time?
Naomi: We practise[sic] full time. We don¹t do shows full time. We play a lot of music in our home.

How is it playing with your spouse?
Naomi: It¹s perfect. I can¹t imagine not doing it. I have a lot of friends in bands who travel around without their spouse and I don't know how they can do it. We both love it so much. It's like our hobby we do together, except it's more than a hobby for us.

On your myspace site you describe yourself as experimental, progressive and ... pop?
Trevor: It¹s experimental, progressive and indie.
Marie: Basically, that means we're not really sure.

What are some of your influences?
Naomi: We're influenced by people like the The Beatles, The Libertines and Canadian music.
Marie: Yes, definitely the Canadian indie scene is really exciting for us right now with bands like Arcade Fire and that genre. But we also like to reach far back into rock history with the Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin and also Mars Volta.
Naomi: The thing is we are influenced by so many varieties of music, but at the same time we don't carry everything across that way. We don't try to sound like anyone. We sound like us. To say those are our influences is to say that's who we listen to, but we don't try to sound like anyone.
Trevor: No we don't sound like anyone like that.
Marie: By the same token, we all grew up listening to classical music. We're influenced just as much by Beethoven as the Beatles.

Describe the music scene in Blind River.
Trevor: Actually, it's surprising. This is my hometown, this is where I grew up. When I was a teenager, the scene was non-existent. I was the only person who played an instrument pretty much in my high school. I tried starting a band but there was absolutely no one. Now it's amazing how much myspace has done for a small community, because I come here now and there's piles of little kids doing little bands and interacting and networking with everyone from the Sault to Sudbury and Espanola.

You said myspace has made things happen. Is that being replaced by Facebook?
Naomi: I'm the little Facebook queen. One of the first things I did was create a group on Facebook for fun because no one else was starting one for our group. Usually fans start one for a group, but I though, whatever. I have a lot of updates on there, I update it nearly every day. It's fun and gives me a chance to stay in touch with all my friends back in B.C. and my family.

Who writes the material? Is it a collaborative effort?
Marie: We all write it together.
For the EP, all the songs we put on there are a good cross section of what we're all about. There's a fun aspect of it, kind of childlikeness in all our music. We tend to write about very personal things. We don't have a set formula for what we write about, it just kind of happens.

So, there's no main singer. Why did you choose to front the band that way?
Marie: Naomi and I do the majority of the singing.
Trevor: I do a bit of background vocals.
Marie: As far as fronting it, Naomi and I...
Naomi: We dual.
Marie: Because we're both strong vocalists and have a background in that, we're kind of on equal footing as far as skill goes. As we share writing the songs and lyrics, it makes sense to do it that way.
Trevor: It's more fun, too.
Naomi: When Marie and I are up there and she sings a melody line and then I sing a melody line, we're sharing it and it brings all the music together.
It makes it that much more enjoyable and magical.

Tell me a bit about the process of making your first EP. Trevor, you have an engineering background?
Trevor: I usually record the traditional rock way - the way most people - with the lead singer and the background vocals. That's the kind of stuff I used to do. With this (band), though, we really had to bring out the dueling aspect, so there's no lead singer and background vocals. They're both in the front. You really see this dueling aspect wh - The Sudbury Star


"Rebellion proves experimental, progressive and pop"

They're kind of experimental and progressive, but open to interpretation.
Hailing from Blind River, An Offhand Rebellion made its debut at the Townehouse Tavern Thursday with the release of their first EP "Fire, Fire".
The Sudbury Star spoke to band members Naomi Kidd, Trevor Kidd and Marie Avery over the phone earlier this week.
An Offhand Rebellion opened up for Immaculate Machine. Cover is $5.

Is there a story behind the name An Offhand Rebellion?
Marie: We have a lot of punk influence, but at the same time we're not political or anti-establishment necessarily. The idea of being An Offhand Rebellion kind of has something oxymoronic about it.

How long have you been playing together?
Naomi: We actually met in college five years ago and we were in a band with other people. We all went our separate ways and Trevor and I got married.
Then Trevor and I decided to do music full time, just do a lot more music and we looked up Marie. She moved to our town and then we became a band.
That was last June.

You do music full time?
Naomi: We practise[sic] full time. We don¹t do shows full time. We play a lot of music in our home.

How is it playing with your spouse?
Naomi: It¹s perfect. I can¹t imagine not doing it. I have a lot of friends in bands who travel around without their spouse and I don't know how they can do it. We both love it so much. It's like our hobby we do together, except it's more than a hobby for us.

On your myspace site you describe yourself as experimental, progressive and ... pop?
Trevor: It¹s experimental, progressive and indie.
Marie: Basically, that means we're not really sure.

What are some of your influences?
Naomi: We're influenced by people like the The Beatles, The Libertines and Canadian music.
Marie: Yes, definitely the Canadian indie scene is really exciting for us right now with bands like Arcade Fire and that genre. But we also like to reach far back into rock history with the Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin and also Mars Volta.
Naomi: The thing is we are influenced by so many varieties of music, but at the same time we don't carry everything across that way. We don't try to sound like anyone. We sound like us. To say those are our influences is to say that's who we listen to, but we don't try to sound like anyone.
Trevor: No we don't sound like anyone like that.
Marie: By the same token, we all grew up listening to classical music. We're influenced just as much by Beethoven as the Beatles.

Describe the music scene in Blind River.
Trevor: Actually, it's surprising. This is my hometown, this is where I grew up. When I was a teenager, the scene was non-existent. I was the only person who played an instrument pretty much in my high school. I tried starting a band but there was absolutely no one. Now it's amazing how much myspace has done for a small community, because I come here now and there's piles of little kids doing little bands and interacting and networking with everyone from the Sault to Sudbury and Espanola.

You said myspace has made things happen. Is that being replaced by Facebook?
Naomi: I'm the little Facebook queen. One of the first things I did was create a group on Facebook for fun because no one else was starting one for our group. Usually fans start one for a group, but I though, whatever. I have a lot of updates on there, I update it nearly every day. It's fun and gives me a chance to stay in touch with all my friends back in B.C. and my family.

Who writes the material? Is it a collaborative effort?
Marie: We all write it together.
For the EP, all the songs we put on there are a good cross section of what we're all about. There's a fun aspect of it, kind of childlikeness in all our music. We tend to write about very personal things. We don't have a set formula for what we write about, it just kind of happens.

So, there's no main singer. Why did you choose to front the band that way?
Marie: Naomi and I do the majority of the singing.
Trevor: I do a bit of background vocals.
Marie: As far as fronting it, Naomi and I...
Naomi: We dual.
Marie: Because we're both strong vocalists and have a background in that, we're kind of on equal footing as far as skill goes. As we share writing the songs and lyrics, it makes sense to do it that way.
Trevor: It's more fun, too.
Naomi: When Marie and I are up there and she sings a melody line and then I sing a melody line, we're sharing it and it brings all the music together.
It makes it that much more enjoyable and magical.

Tell me a bit about the process of making your first EP. Trevor, you have an engineering background?
Trevor: I usually record the traditional rock way - the way most people - with the lead singer and the background vocals. That's the kind of stuff I used to do. With this (band), though, we really had to bring out the dueling aspect, so there's no lead singer and background vocals. They're both in the front. You really see this dueling aspect wh - The Sudbury Star


"Quote from Paul Lowenburg"

An Offhand Rebellion is an indie rock band from Blind River... I bumped into these cats in Elliott Lake on a gig and knew they would be the perfect group to open for Immaculate Machine. Quirky pop songs, great melodies and harmonies...
~ Paul Lowenburg ( The Townehouse Tavern) - Townehouse Tavern Website


"Quote from Paul Lowenburg"

An Offhand Rebellion is an indie rock band from Blind River... I bumped into these cats in Elliott Lake on a gig and knew they would be the perfect group to open for Immaculate Machine. Quirky pop songs, great melodies and harmonies...
~ Paul Lowenburg ( The Townehouse Tavern) - Townehouse Tavern Website


"An Offhand Rebellion"

"They've been dubbed "Frenetic Pop", compared to Immaculate Machine, and said to be reminiscent of the Arcade Fire, but with beautiful melodies, complex compositions, and a dash of punk rock spirit, they probably sound most like Tori Amos meeting Babyshambles in the middle of a snow storm." This Blind River trio returns for a winter run and hopefully nice driving as I'm told they have no heat in the van... We shall welcome them with hot chocolate and will all work the warmth back into the cold fingers and toes with a solid night of rock and roll. On one side of the stage, Marie handles Guitar and Piano along with sharing the vocals with Bassist Naomi. So you can well imagine that there are very distinct sides to this band. All put together, the ambition pays off and you realize that an hour just went by and you were damn happy at the end of it. Get in on the ground floor!
-Paul Lowenburg


- The Townehouse Tavern Website, January 2008


"An Offhand Rebellion"

"They've been dubbed "Frenetic Pop", compared to Immaculate Machine, and said to be reminiscent of the Arcade Fire, but with beautiful melodies, complex compositions, and a dash of punk rock spirit, they probably sound most like Tori Amos meeting Babyshambles in the middle of a snow storm." This Blind River trio returns for a winter run and hopefully nice driving as I'm told they have no heat in the van... We shall welcome them with hot chocolate and will all work the warmth back into the cold fingers and toes with a solid night of rock and roll. On one side of the stage, Marie handles Guitar and Piano along with sharing the vocals with Bassist Naomi. So you can well imagine that there are very distinct sides to this band. All put together, the ambition pays off and you realize that an hour just went by and you were damn happy at the end of it. Get in on the ground floor!
-Paul Lowenburg


- The Townehouse Tavern Website, January 2008


Discography

Fire! Fire!, E.P. (demo)

Track List
1. Some Days
2. Party
3. Hand
4. Arabelle

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Bio

Hailing from Blind River, Ontario, An Offhand Rebellion is a power trio that has been challenging Northern Ontario listeners with intricate, frenetic, yet catchy pop songs since forming in the summer of 2006. Combining their extensive musical backgrounds, the three have put together a varied and intense live act that is highlighted by the interplay between the two front women’s accomplished soprano voices. Their songs combine Brit-pop sensibilities with an austere and haunting quality that perhaps only comes from living through the great white winters of Canada.
In their short career, An Offhand Rebellion has already shared the stage with indie darlings The Pack, Immaculate Machine and A Northern Chorus.
Their demo E.P., "FIRE! FIRE!", was recorded in a remote cabin by their drummer, Trevor Kidd. It captures this young band’s burgeoning ideas, emotional range, and whispers of great things to come.