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"The Basement Tapes"

With the rising of popularity of aggressive yet catchy sounds of pop-punk, many young musicians figure all it takes is some exposure and they'll be as good to go in no time. But otheres like young Calgary upstarts FiJ, take pains to couple the new sound with the down-to-earth DIY ethic that made punk cool in the first place. The three young lads in FiJ started out while they were still in junior high, forgoing a strong musical bong that's carried them through the dicey early years of hall shows and house parties with their friendship still intact. "We're one big giant family," says bassist Nick Hesson. "You can't go wrong when the three of you are best friends. A lot of bands I've seen, they always argue about this and that- shit happens and they end up breaking up. But someone like us, we've known each other and grew up with each other, we'll argue and we'll say our points, but we're never going to take it to the extreme." Although they released a rough demo in their early days, FiJ decided to do a little soul searching before going into the studio to record their upcoming "official" debut records, Gone From Frame. "we locked ourselves in the basement and didn't play shows for almost a year," hesson explains. "Every new day brings a new side to our sound and if I could encourage bands in any way I'd say PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! What i look forward to the most is what the next year will bring." - VueWeekly (Edmonton)


Gone From Frame (2005)
Tales From the South East Side (2003)
Jonas the Anonymous Fish & Andy the Watermellon (2002)
Simply FiJ (2001)



The lineage of the FiJ began with Ryan and Bob in September -99 in Calgary, Alberta, back when they were playing cover songs in Ryan’s bedroom. After playing covers for 7 months it was time to get a bassist and write their own material. Nick joined the band in April 2000 and the pages begin to fill.

After endless –aimless thought and many inverted body positions the answer was clear.
A voice spoke out and called, “FiJ”. In the end, the light just turned out to be a JiF peanut butter container doing all the speaking, and possibly a combination of some tequila, but none the less the name had been declared.

In the following 3 years we recorded two demos and one full length entitled Tales from the South East Side. As High School came to an end we had a lot more time to write new material and save up money for a well produced record. And in 2004 we did just that!

The Birth of Gone from Frame came from the basement of Echo Base Studio with producer Casey Lewis of the failure. After over 200 hours in the studio, 25 days of studio time, and endless mixing, FiJ had created their first fully produced album. Released Febuary 18th, and now available on InterPunk, FiJ will be touring Canada early 2006. If all goes well we’ll be back in the studio later that year to record a new album.