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Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
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"LIVE: Contact Rules"

Contact
Stonehenge
London
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004

By Colin J. Fleming
Gazette Staff

Saturday night at Stonehenge, a first date proceeds awkwardly on one of the venue’s several leather couches as a few apathetic adults sip their pints quietly at the bar. A disco ball is suspended in the middle of a neon rectangle hovering above the band as they calmly set up their equipment. At this point in the night, Contact’s presence is barely noticeable, but 10 minutes into their first jam, a respectable number of people are filling up the bar — and all their attention is on Contact.

The purely instrumental music instantly captivates the patrons of the mellow club with its decadent, psychedelic vibe and tribal house jams combining into an incredibly new and danceable sound. The unbelievably complex drum rhythms create an intense percussive foundation that weaves around two swirling guitars and a driving base. Brian is no beatnik on the congas either; he plays with the fury of a fanatical shaman, adding an intense tribal element to the music.

Contact’s organic space funk even causes two rhythmless white kids to succumb to the temptation of awkwardly contorting their bodies to the groovy beats. The once nearly deserted bar is now filled with newly converted Contact fans bobbing their heads to the music.

The frantic fluctuations of tempo are virtually epic in nature and are intensified by the massive length of the songs. On average, Contact has a one-song, one-set ratio and each jam usually lasts about 45 minutes — all completely uninterrupted.

After jamming straight for 20 minutes and working the crowd into a musical frenzy, Contact parks their funky spaceship to refuel quickly. Someone in the audience turns and whispers to a friend, “Dude, that was just their warm-up.”
- The Gazette (UWO's student newspaper)


"Dollar Empire - Review"

Dollar Empire - Contact
If Contact didn't have so many reference points in bands like The New Deal and The Disco Biscuits and Particle, their Dollar Empire would be a lot more notable than it is. As it stands, the Toronto quintet's music is still plenty exciting (and if I were a jamband fan in Toronto, I'd be plenty excited). The ten tracks of the band's nearly hour-long disc flow and groove in and out of each other, and remain psychedelic and exploratory throughout. The band's use of effects is a little heavy, bordering on the Ozric Tentacles' territory (though, to be fair, Contact never tries to pretend its guitars are actually space-age keyboards by slathering them into compressors and the like) Nah, it's just heavily delayed guitar for Contact. The rhythms are uptempo and exciting, and the melodies are just the right kind of demented. "Accelerate" and "Stitchface" finds their own distinct grooves -- though, like most Contact jams, sounds little like the house music it purports to mimic. That's cool. Oblique Strategies sez: "Breathe more deeply." - Jambands.com


"Making Contact"


Downstairs from the Layers event in Gypsy Co-op , a groovy live band called Contact churned out jammy impressions of house, drum 'n' bass and downtempo to a full room. The local five-piece have pretty substantial chops and use a hell of a lot of effects pedals to transform themselves from a jam band into something closer to electronic music. Imagine a trippy psychedelic instrumental disco-rock band and you'll be getting close to their sound. - Benjamin Boles - Now Magazine


"Contact EP Review"

"...Contact's half–hour long three-song EP is recorded live and is definitely made for the dance floor with its constant driving kick drum, upfront repeating bass and sundry atmospheric colours and textures. With more and more cross-over between the house music crowd and the jam band crowd — dancing being the common denominator — Contact are able to ride the border mainly due to the high profile of guitar in the music. The guitarist's focus on rhythm rather than melody, however, and the band's ability to serve the groove, not the soloist, set them apart from many of their contemporaries." - Brent Hagerman - Exclaim


"Contact EP - Review"

"Self-described as a blending of rock, house, break-beat and drum & bass, Toronto’s own up and coming group Contact, is exactly that and then some. This group’s on the cusp of something, it’s just difficult to say exactly what that something is. This review is based on a three-set EP, which can be thought of as a traveller’s delight or a mood setter for a homebody’s tranquillity. One could say that Contact’s sound is interesting, but what is a comment like that really worth? In this case, it’s worth a hell of a lot as compared to some of the mindless, repetitive drivel being played out there. Mouths should be wide open, pallets whet and heads held high for this group’s debut. As for Contact, the strictly refreshing quality of their sound is that it is completely without overdubs — real music, by real musicians. Bottom line, I’m buying whatever they’re selling!" - Cheryl Thompson - Exclaim


Discography

Contact - EP
Dollar Empire

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Bio

Combining the energy of house, rock, break-beats, and dub into intense live and recorded performances, CONTACT adds a new mix of sound to the nation’s dancefloors.

CONTACT was formed in 2001 amidst Toronto’s energetic club and bar scenes. Motivated out of a shared interest in dance oriented music, a sound developed quickly for the group. In August of 2002, the group began playing performances in lounges and warehouse parties throughout Toronto. During this period, great strides were made in the development of the band’s aggressive interpretation of house music with the inclusion of styles not always the norm for a four on the floor crowd.

In the summer of 2003, CONTACT recorded its first EP. A collection of three songs, the 30 min disc was recorded completely live, with no overdubs, or excessive post-production. Intended to capture the band’s improvisational ethic, the self-titled album is an excellent example of CONTACT’s raw, emotive style.

CONTACT completed its second recording, ‘Dollar Empire’ in the fall of 2003. The new disc maintained the ‘live off the floor’ recording style of the first release, while delving further into the creative potential of the studio. Dollar Empire was released on New Years 2004 to a packed house at Toronto’s Rivoli.

Since Dollar Empire’s release, Contact has played over 100 shows throughout Canada, and has seen its music featured in radio spots for the Budweiser True Music series.

Since its inception, CONTACT has cultivated a broad following of fans and supporters. With connections to both dance and rock scenes, CONTACT can rely on a mixed and vibrant crowd, giving partygoers a chance to directly witness and participate in the creation of the evening’s music. The band is currently at work on a new studio album, due out early 2006.