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In Perfect Cursive

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"Interview: In Perfect Cursive January 2008"

From your bio, you started off as a duo and became a quartet. What do you think you’ve found by having two additional members?

Andrew: Well, I think going from a duo to a four-member band definitely changed the way we approach the music. As a duo, we’d shut ourselves in a room and hammer away on a song for hours until it came out the way we liked. Now, we take fully developed ideas to practices and then members add their own specific sound to the song. I guess now it’s more than just a casual hobby.

Chris: Being a part of the two additional members who were added to the band, I feel that the songs as a duo were very well written. By adding Mike and I, it took the songs to the next level.� By making the band four members, it has also allowed everyone in the band to make our live show more exciting not only for people at the shows to watch, but for the band to play as well.

Coming from Sutton, how would you compare northern audiences to that of Torontonians?

Mike: I would say audiences up north are more willing to drive to get to a show. They know if they want to see a band in Sutton it’s going to be at a fair or a festival. But to see the same band at a wicked venue, they’re going to have to suck it up and drive to Toronto. Aside from that, I mean they’re both there for the music.

Your first EP Written By The Knife sold 100 copies in two days. What do you expect by the end of the year?

Andrew: Minor correction. We stated the first 100 copies were gone in 2 days. We actually hand out our demos for free to fans, so we don’t expect people to pay for a band they don’t know anything about. That’s where we hook them. By the end of 2008, we would love to be playing a lot more shows, spreading out from just the Toronto scene. I mean we love playing Toronto shows, but we’d love to make a career of music and there are many other major city centers to promote our sound to.

Mike: Can you expect to be knighted? Does that just happen? Elton John got knighted, and I think that’d be sweet. Really, I think we’re just expecting to have more fans and I’d think it wouldn’t be too far out thinking about a full length album.

How do you feel you’re different from other bands?

Chris: I don’t feel we are much different from other bands. The goal for our band and most bands is to enjoy what you are creating and eventually become a touring band, taking the music to different cities.

Dale: What it really comes down to is how much we love what we are doing and how much that comes through on the EP, our live show and just through the band in general. We all put everything we have into writing great music, and giving people a good show when they come see us. I feel like we are genuine in all aspects of our art, and that’s what separates us.

What’s next?

Dale: I think we want, and really need, to take another step forward. Coming from a small town, we need to get our faces out in the big city as much as we can. We should keep bringing fresh and unique ideas to the table, as well as trying to meet everyone who enjoys our music. At the end of the day it’s the fans that keep you moving forward.

Chris: Definitely more shows in Toronto to gain more fan base. Once we have succeeded there, we will start expanding our horizons to different cities, and eventually start small Ontario based tours. Next: total world domination!

Andrew: Maybe some roadies. Ha!

Mike: Yeah, our friend and roadie Stan works far too hard lugging our stuff around. I think we’d like to get him some help. - Toronto Indie


Written By The Knife EP: Featuring- The Betrayal, This Machine, Throne of Bones and Where I Belong



In 2005 two friends struggling individually to find an outlet for their artistic prowess, rekindled the embers of a decade long friendship in hopes of bringing back the art of innovative, intelligent songwriting. Andrew McDill and Dale Norton began along a path of musical storytelling that they had hoped would lead them to be the most prolific songwriting duo to arrive on the music scene since McCartney and Lennon. After just a few short weeks the pair had their first performance at the annual Sutton Fair Battle of the Bands. Out gunned by the volume of the other bands, the boys still managed to capture the attention of the crowd, and the organizers of the event with their brilliant melodies, compelling harmonies and stage presence. Before the winners were even announced In Perfect Cursive had already been booked to open the Connors Music: Essential Evening of Music at the historic Stephen Leacock Theatre in Keswick, Ontario. Playing to a crowd of nearly 400 for their second gig proved that Dale and Andrew were on to something. In the following weeks their enthusiasm flowed out of their guitars. Song after song was written and perfected. A story of love, honour and betrayal began to unfold in the poetic verse Andrew, the lead vocalist, was conjuring. Unfortunately as the leaves began to turn, and autumn loomed, Dale was heading off to University and their dreams were dashed.

Fast forward to the spring of 2007; after realizing that University was not the place for him, Dale returned home to Sutton, back to his neighbour Andrew to hopefully pick up where they left off. Rusty, but full of ambition, the two felt like something was missing. They began transferring their graceful acoustic story to their electric guitars. This felt, and sounded right. From here on out In Perfect Cursive would be an electric outfit. The duo enlisted long-time friend Chris Crantson to provide the percussive engine they needed to accompany their epic endeavors into alternative rock. The chemistry between the three friends was undeniable, and inspiring. Still, without a solid bass player, the band was incomplete. Turning to the Internet and music store bulletin boards, the search for a bass player, who could bring to the table the musical prowess, and organic rhythmical drive the band needed had begun. Weeks of auditions and meetings with many musicians left the guys frustrated, and stranded. With nowhere else to turn, the band looked to their good friend
Mike Wigmore, dubbed "Pillz", to attempt the role of bassist. With little to no guitar experience Mike devoted hours of practice and study with Dale in order to bring his skill level up to the caliber of the band. Two months, and many calluses later, the transformation was astonishing. Through the hard work Pillz put in on the bass, the ominous percussive symphony of Chris, and the prodigious songwriting of Andrew and Dale, In Perfect Cursive had finally arrived.

The four friends spent the entire summer developing their sound. While maintaining integrity, the band strove to create catchy melodies and brace them with passionate lyrics, bold style and bona fide musicianship. Feeling that they really had something special they started inviting friends to listen to rehearsals and give them feedback. With every public rehearsal the boys were creating a network of friends and fans that were constantly wanting more. In September of 2007 the guys decided that they needed to satisfy the fans requests and record a demo. The boys put together a four song disc at Memory Records Studios. The Written by the Knife EP would quickly become a hot commodity. The first 100 they printed were gone in just one weekend.

Armed with their demo, and the confidence their peers inspired in them, In Perfect Cursive are heading to the stage to show the world that they are more than just another emo-rock clone. Drawing from such influences as Coheed & Cambria and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, In Perfect Cursive has a sound that showcases the member's innate passion, chemistry and their ability to create music that is purely their own. With songs ranging from full out rock to entire sonic adventures; In Perfect Cursive�s live show is both satisfying and inspiring.