Boy In December
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Boy In December

Goderich, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Goderich, Ontario, Canada | SELF
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"Feature Band - Boy In December"

BOY IN DECEMBER

The four brothers who make up Goderich, Ontario’s Boy in December are not lacking in ambition. They’re on a quest to become the biggest band in the world, and they truly believe they can not only pull it off but do so without making any concessions to what is presently deemed “commercial.” The underlying idea is that, if a band is both inspired and real, people will respond. There are historical precedents for this sort of ambition; you’ll find them in your CD collection.

“These are salt-of-the-earth guys,” says Randall Lobb, the band’s producer, of the Hussey brothers, who happen to be as telegenic as they are virtuosic. “They all have day jobs, from construction to Web design. Their music enables them to transcend the grind and takes them to a different place. They have this drive to play for the biggest possible audience, and it’s not about the limo or the helicopter. But even if it’s 20 people in a club, they still play like they’re the biggest band in the world.”

“We always feel that way,” says bassist/keyboard player Mark Hussey, without a trace of either pretense or irony. “When we play music, there’s this feeling in all four of us that it’s what they’re on this planet to do. We want to have the kind of success that will enable us to get up every morning and create. There’s nothing that gives us greater satisfaction. And the outflow of that would be getting other people inspired and questioning things. You have to be willing to challenge yourself and to challenge everything, so that, just maybe, we can make this world a better place.”

That kind of self-belief can’t be manufactured, and when it’s combined with rarefied talent, the one-two punch can be potent indeed. If things keep going as they have been, the ’00s will go down as the Niche Decade, a time of radically diminished expectations and low ceilings. But why be the next indie darlings when you can make music that’s lasting and get it to a lot of people? That’s what Boy in December is shooting for.

Roughs of the band’s debut album have been blowing our minds for weeks—these are widescreen anthems that simultaneously achieve grandeur and intimacy—it’s like they’re picking up where Joshua Tree and The Bends left off. There’s no way that last sentence doesn’t come off like blatant hype, but wait till you hear this stuff. On tracks like “Islands,” “Wish You Were,” “Dylan” and “Silent Sky,” they reach for and attain spiritual elevation, as Matt Hussey’s impassioned vocals soar above the epic soundscapes. We get chills just thinking about it.

Boy in December morphed out of the regionally popular band Silence three years ago, and they’ve been working up the material for their debut album ever since, experiencing exponential growth over the last year and a half. When they were ready, they got in touch with us.

“We’ve been in a period of reevaluation,” says Mark, “so we were testing some things, and when TAXI appeared on our radar, what we heard back from the critiques was basically what we had been thinking anyway. That was exciting, because it reinforced the sense that we were on the right path.”

The next step, obviously, is getting the word out and building an active base—a task they’re well equipped to undertake, given their charisma and proficiency in live performance and their technological know-how. “We’re preparing some Internet stuff and booking shows so that when we have the record in our hands, we’ll be able to launch everything all at once,” says Mark of the coming offensive. “I don’t want to sound too geeky, but we’re Web 2.0 savvy. Sometimes the songs are a loss leader—we’ve been putting out podcasts and vidcasts of live stuff and alternate tracks, using the free music and piracy boom to our advantage. It’s just a snapshot—maybe 100 people in a small town that know our music when we haven’t even released it yet. And there are already clips on YouTube. Are people gonna look at them? Well, no, because they don’t know us yet. But we’re testing the infrastructure and spreading the seeds out there.”

The band has yet to approach any labels in Canada or the States, nor has anyone yet approached them, and these days it’s extremely rare to find something this musically advanced that hasn’t been poked and prodded by a host of weasels. Think of this as an opportunity to be the first kid on your block to ride this shiny new bike.

“We’re just trying to find the right people to work with,” Mark explains. “The most important thing is relationships, and people getting what we’re about. The industry is a great marketing machine, and we don’t have a problem with that. We’re looking for those people who will see who we are and find value in that. So there’s chum in the water, and our attorney is raring to go; we’re just waiting until everything is right, and it’ll be right when the CD is done in a few weeks. But no matter what happens, we’re gonna do this.”

We suggest that you immediately jump on line and go to our brand-new artist-hosting site, presently in beta testing, www.taxi.com/boyindecember, and stream or downloaded the rough mixes—and be assured that “rough” is a relative term in this case. It shouldn’t take more than a verse and chorus of “Islands” or “Wish You Were” to get you motivated. When you do, give us a ring for more details. Operators are standing by.

written by Bud Scoppa

Michael Laskow (taxiboss@aol.com) Chris Baptiste (cb@taxi.com) (818) 888-2111 - TAXI - The Navigator


Discography

Saintless 2001
Grounded 2002
Came so Close 2003
Boy in December 2007

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Boy In December is a band of brothers from a large family in Southwestern Ontario who have been playing music together since they were children. Mark, Matt, Micah and Manny Hussey have in the past year found their signature sound and are set to complete the making of what promises to be an amazing album.
They are impressively talented and autonomous: writing, recording, mixing, producing their music, designing and creating their own Web and print marketing, shooting, editing and creating effects for promo videos on their web site and more. Their determination, their willingness to work and make sacrifices and their faith in seeing the realization of their collective dream is equally impressive.
The music on the forthcoming album is inspiring and anthemic, with soaring choruses, powerful hooks and driving rhythms. Matt’s lyrics are meaningful, poetic and rise above common cliché.
They are photogenic, attractive young men with an exciting live show and obvious charisma. Having been in the spotlight for so long together in various forms, they come stage-ready, bringing a huge, appealing presence to every performance.
The dealmaker with the Husseys is their music, but in my estimation there is something else about them that is crucial. They are without doubt the most genuine and kindest people anybody could hope to meet. There is no ego there, no attitude, no inflated sense of their self-worth. These guys are funny, modest people who care about much more than what lies on the surface, who just happen to be in a great band.

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