Hush Hush

Hush Hush

Band

Hush Hush infuses the edgy pop it creates with punchy melodies, scratchy loops, some buzzing guitar, effects-laden cello and Keri Steele’s mesmerizing vocals. Imagine a female Coldplay jamming with a non-blonde, Nico-fronted Velvet Underground.

Biography

Hush Hush evolved out of Imaginary Heaven, a group that singer/guitarist Keri Steele formed as a teenager in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. After three albums, Steele felt the need to stretch artistically and explore more contemporary forms of music. Forming Hush Hush enabled her to create an identifiable sound while initially allowing Steele the flexibility of working with a variety of musicians. The highly melodic, loop-based results were immediate and resulted in the recording of “Cinematheque” with producer Ken Harrison of Wild Strawberries. The All Music Guide reviewed the album and said, “Hush Hush offers one trip-hop adventure after another while a remix-like atmosphere encapsulates each song."

When it came time to play the songs live, Steele decided that she really wanted Hush Hush to become a band. That proved harder to achieve than she ever imagined. It was important to find not only the right musicians, but the right people as well. Line-ups came and went. A video was shot and abandoned. Frustrations surfaced, but gradually a new sound and a new band emerged. The turning point was a month long residency at a small club in Toronto. The low key atmosphere allowed Hush Hush the opportunity to take some risks while still honing their skills. It was where Steele first started to play electric guitar. It was also where Hush Hush realized that a more stripped down approach was the direction to take.

The first person to join the new line-up was classically trained cellist Anissa Hart. Brought up in Edmonton, she has been playing music since the age of eight. Stretching the instrument to its sonic limits, Hart plays her cello through an array of effects pedals. Next to join was bassist Nina Martinez. The youngest member of Hush Hush played in her high school jazz ensemble before playing in a number of Toronto-area jam bands. Martinez took great pleasure in introducing her fuzz box into the group’s edgier mix. A little over a year ago, Gail Thompson completed the group. As a founding member of the Calgary-based band Red Autumn Fall, she opened for Oasis, recorded two critically-acclaimed albums and earned a reputation as a solid drummer. Thompson’s experience locked in the rhythm section and brought a real sense of tightness to Hush Hush.

Gaining confidence, Hush Hush started to get noticed. This year, the band created a buzz at both New Music West in Vancouver and at the North By Northeast Music Festival in Toronto. On a creative roll, they went into Phantom Studios to record their new album with producers The Confidence Emperors. “Fake” begins with the electric guitar driven “Never Your Fault” and ends with the acoustic thoughtfulness of “Fake”. The track “Razor Girl” has been included in the U.S. movie “Particles of Truth” starring Gale Harold (Queer As Folk). “Our sound lends itself easily to film and that’s an area that we hope to explore more of in the near future.” “Fake” was released September 23rd in Canada on the popguru label and distributed nationally by MapleNationwide/Universal.

Lyrics

Never Your Fault

Written By: Keri Steele

It's been summer since the day I met you
Crowded, there's no room for building up to mistakes
When you want me, I won't be there
It's not real so I don't care

No, it's never your fault
You're never sober
You're never fair

You had all these things you said you'd teach me
But what you knew for sure I said you'd take to the grave
You said you didn't mind that I was broken
You said you didn't mind that I was destined to fail
When you want me, I won't be there
It's not real so I don't care

No, it's never your fault
You're never sober
You're never fair

No, it's never your fault
You're never sober
You're never fair

I Forgot The Way To Your House

Written By: Keri Steele/Nina Martinez

Come in stranger
Take a look
Scream out loud then
Cower in the corner
You're not dealing with this at all

I forgot the way to your house x2

Send your family
Send your friends
They don't love you
The way you think they should
You're not dealing with this at all

I forgot the way to your house x2

You've got a sad face and screwed up eyes
I've got this feeling that you still don't realize

I forgot the way to your house x3

Discography

Cinematheque (album) 2002
Fake (album) 2003
Never Your Fault (single) 2004

Set List

One set, usually around 50 minutes:
Passenger
I Forgot The Way To Your House
You're Not My Man
Razor Girl
Last One Left
Fake
Never Your Fault
Femme Fatale
Misguided