Brian Bow

Brian Bow

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Brian Bow is an experienced dynamic singer/songwriter who has been in the game 'seriously' for a little more then twelve years. His style is very random jumping between the phases of funk, fushion, regae, soul, hip-hop and the delta blues.

Biography

Receiving his first major gig with birth in Toronto, Brian Bow has been around since 1981. As a child he was exposed to many facets of music through the company of his father but was never really given an opportunity to pick up an instrument until he was thirteen. During this time Bow spent countless years studying music through the tenor sax, guitar and piano only to find himself frustrated with the end results of limited progress. Tempted to quit, a sudden death on the father’s side of the family left Bow in remorse and eager to occupy his mind with music rather than the tragedy. Although music became an obvious outlet for Bow to escape such troubled times, it also stood as the initial stage in which a guitar would never leave his side. As Bow’s understanding for the instrument strengthened he started participating in school talent shows, musicals, band, choir as well as community music events.

Although Bow really enjoyed studying music it was not until he was offered an opportunity to write a song for a high school documentary that he started taking notice in the fact that the best of his musical qualities were delivered through writing. By the age of seventeen Bow released his debut record fISHSHOP from his home basement on a four track with violinist Kevin Ho and drummer Adam Burns. The CD was an immediate success receiving airplay over RAMS Radio as well as gaining a victory win on its very first Supernova battle of the bands showcase. It was not long after, that Bow would find himself sharing stages with Canadian sensations like The Odds, Rascalz and Rubber.

Unfortunately these great moments ended once Bow started attending York University where he completed an Honors Degree in Philosophy and Communications. Due to an unhealthy balance of time caused by school priorities, Bow could only afford to play music on a part time basis. After graduating Bow packed his bags and headed back into the studio where he would record his highly anticipated fourteen track disc ‘Play Me Please’, which was finally completed in September of 2005. The album compiles four years worth of songs that Bow wrote on and off during his University career, which explores the nature of philosophical thought. The disc features special guest star drummers Jaash Singh (SassMac) and Marco Stornelli (Toronto’s famous ‘Police Tribute Band’) who each play on several tracks of the CD. The official release of the album took place in August 2006.

Since then Bow has been performing as a solo and group act mainly in the Toronto area. He has played in numerous venues namely: Lee's Palace, The Rex, Smoky Dees, London Pub, Club 279 (Hard Rock Café), Oasis, Degrassi House, Moose & Goose, Cadillac Lounge, Holy Joe’s, Third Floor Reilly’s, Gypsy Co-Op, Unicorn Pub, Uninonville Arms as well as several University charity events. During these acts he has had many opportunities to work with virtuoso GTA guitarists Mike Bosis, publisher Slav Simanic as well as former Sass Jordon bassists Ken Tizzar. Bow has received tremendous support and positive feedback over the course of these shows and was even recently sponsored by Long and McQuaed to play as an ultimate jams finalist for Club 279’s year end classic rock celebration. Aside from random jams Bow has been working hard with Singh, Ho and Lam to coordinate a touring schedule to pull the finished ‘Play Me Please’ record out of the basement studio and into the central halls of corner walls and crowds. Such a vision was achieved after playing in Toronto's popular Reverb venue when the piercing sounds of Ho's violin and Lam’s mighty bass were introduced to listeners. The fresh contribution of these two musicians have taken the disc to a completely new level, brining the focus back into the roots of live shows rather than the cupboard disc spaces. As Bow and the touring group get tighter they are looking forward to playing bigger gigs and also collaborating on some future efforts.

“If it looks good, you’ll see it, if it sounds good, you’ll hear it, if it’s marketed right you’ll buy it, but if it’s real you’ll feel it...my purpose is to write music, which will leave you feeling the way you do after a great meal.” – Brian Bow

Lyrics

Senorita

Written By: Brian Bow


I’m trying to talk
as though I got that type of walk
you know the kind
as though I’m full of confident

and its quite ironic
when I’m moving to impress you
that, nobody notices
as though I’m prepped to turn out last

but can’t you see
that I do this
Just to reach you

there must be something in the way
there must be something in the way

otherwise… I could relax
and just chilled to the beat, without compromise
but I guess that’s the price to pay…
if I’m going to stand a chance in this game…

and although I try not to step
in the shoes
of a million men who don’t mine to treat you as meat
wel I guess that’s the way I can only relate to you so

sineratta you looking so fine
you’re such a hore in all the good ways
I’d like to do you if you know what I mean
But than again that’s the taste you leave me with

Now that I’ve told you that you’re playing a role
Which contradicts to the weight of your soul

Just keep pretending that this thinking desirable
And you’ll just find out that there won’t be nice guys

Cause they always end up last
And it’s the partial fault
Of your conformity
To give in
To a plague
That expects all the least
Cause you want it that way

sineratta you looking so fine
you’re such a hore in all the good ways
I’d like to do you if you know what I mean
But than again that’s the taste u, seem to leave me with

Yo hold up, you know what just cut the mic for a second or bass or something

Now listen I’ll always respect a women
And that’s cause I come from a women

But your really making it difficult understand you under these annoying circumstances
For how can I give you that particular respect when you let that poor lousy drunk in the corner seduce you like that
As though you’d prefer to be an object
Rather than a beautiful human subject

Break 4 one bar
You got me really thinking girl, under really annoying circumstances that is
I hope you know I’ll always respect a women
And that’s cause I only come from a women

But you’re making it so hard to read you
When you let a lousy drunk seduce you
As though you’d prefer be an object
Rather… than a human subject

FREE STYLES
Yo you goto stop to this glow and try to let go
I’m never goona say that a party should flow
But if it does here’s advice
Don’t just suffice

Cause if you do….want to rattle
At the cost of this battle
Than you may as well mention
Why you need such A….ttention

Never thought your ability
Depended on humility
if you got that strive
to avoid your own drive

than it’s… a compromise
to be… aromatized

?away me push always you Why

Written By: Brian Bow

1st verse

You see I try not to think from a different mind
And when you ask me how come, well I don’t know why
Why the hell I should try when I’m so close to you well I
Why wouldn’t I, Why wouldn’t I

But then I look at the photo in your damn bed room
And I can tell that it’s spoiled in this person’s world
For you wouldn’t leave hints of your sexual acts
If you weren’t unashamed
So tell me

Chorus

Why you always trip me away now
B a b y
Why you always trip me away now

Why you always trip me away now
B a b y
Why you always trip me away

HA
My only little baby girl

2nd Verse

Perhaps I’m frightened to admit that I could be wrong
But then again it’s awfully hard when you choose his song
Even when we beg please and you still choose to leave well it
Ain’t even yours, it ain’t even mine
And I try not to think from a
Pretending that he’s just the one who would
But how good is his word if you’re drunk and encouraged to fall short in life
so tell me

Chorus

Why you always trip me away now
B a b y
Why you always trip me away now

Why you always trip me away now
Baby
Why you always trip me away

Bridge

And every time oh we try and try to unify
It seems that world starts over to cross one clover as though we’ve gotten mentally older
But than it fades
Like a shadow without a grave
I guess the excess silence has caused my lost of balance
While you’re still standing expecting for landing
Oh ………..and I know and I know and I know and I know that I
Raise a lot of doubt

Break

So if I sang you a hip hop song
Would it feel as you if belong
If I sang you a hip hop song
Would it feel as you if belong…..
Chorus

Why you always trip me away now
B a b y
Why you always trip me away now

Why you always trip me away now
B a b y
Why you always trip me away
Outro
Why you always trip me away now (CREE A POP CREE A POP CREEE APOP A POP A)
(CREE A POP CREE A POP CREEE APOP A POPA)
Why you always trip me away now (CREE A POP CREE A POP CREEE APOP A POPA)
(DO BE BOP BOP DO BE BOP BOP DO BE BOP BAP)
Why you always trip me away now` (CREE A POP CREE A POP CREEE APOP A POP A)
B a b y (CREE A POP CREE A POP CREEE APOP A POP A)
Why you always trip me away (CREE A POP CREE A POP CREEE APOP A POP A)
(DO BE BOP BOP DO BE BOP BOP DO BE BOP BOMB)

Aquasence

Written By: Brian Bow

I can’t close my eyes and make you see
All the things that I would like to be
Sacraficed and kept my world away
To leave my mind beneath this torn up heart

These stabbed wounds will leave a hunting cry
But we’ll lead a victory from within
Who’s to say that one will question why
When all you need is your own fate

And she says
One need
One need in the sunlight
Shinning hearts before we’d always like to be.

And she says
One need
One need in the sunlight
Shinning hearts before we’d always like to be.

But she knows
Ah she knows
Ah she know
All she

Intoxicated by a lonely mind
Wash it down with salt and wine
I’ve lost track of what I’m here to do
And who’s to blame but for myself
Won’t go on with all this pain
I’ll let it out before my tears
And what’s the point of all this aquasense
When all I need to know is how I got kissed

And she says
One need
One need in the sunlight
Shinning hearts before we’d always like to be.

And she says
One need
One need in the sunlight
Shinning hearts before we’d always like to be.

But she knows
Ah she knows
Ah she know
All she

(violin solo) (x2)

And she says
One need
One need in the sunlight
Shinning hearts before we’d always like to be.

And she says
One need
One need in the sunlight
Shinning hearts before we’d always like to be.

But she knows
Ah she knows
Ah she know
All she

I confess that I can’t
I confess that I can’t
I confess that I can’t
Contemplate

I confess that I can’t
I confess that I can’t
I confess that I can’t
Contemplate

Discography

Play Me Please - fISHSHOP PRODUCTIONS (2005)
fISHSHOP - fISHSHOP PRODUCTIONS (1999)

Set List

SET LIST # 1

Solo 1
Soylant Gravy
fISHSHOP
Sherrice
Never Good At Making Luv
Aquasence
Solo 2
If It Mattered @ All
Alone on A Hill

SET LIST # 2

Whatever
?away me push always you Why
Senorita
Regret
Mama Said
Gave Me The World
The Irony Song
Solo 3
I just want to live

SET LIST # 3 (encore tunes/B-sides and covers)

Lie to you
Creep
Look What You've Done
Layla
Mad World
Old Love
Covered in Rain
Juice & Fruit
Jonny be Good
Give it Away
Different Ways
Drive
Better when we're together
Come together