Intransition

Intransition

 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
BandRockFolk

Sandwiched between powerful, passionate vocals & a fusion of electric & acoustic guitar, we're a sauce of folk, pop, & rock with each song synthesizing its own mix of ingredients.

Biography

Since the fall of 2001, Intransition has performed in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Toronto, including the Circus Room in Kitchener and the Renaissance Café in Toronto. Their CD line-up includes Jennifer Ahmed (lead vox), Walter Foddis (rhythm guitar, keyboard), Graham Hearn (bass), and Scott Crockford (lead guitar).

Walter likes to tell the story that he "discovered" Jennifer at house party sing-along. After hearing her fantastic voice, he realized this was an opportunity not to be missed. With Walter on acoustic guitar, he coaxed Jenn into singing at the University of Waterloo's (UWat) Grad House open stage. (Actually, Jenn didn't need coaxing. She agreed right away!) They enjoyed the experience and received a great response from everyone attending. Soon afterwards they discovered that they shared an interest in songwriting.

They've written songs many different ways. One method involved Jenn singing a melody for Walter, who then found the "right" rhythm and chording. For Walter's songs, he'd have the melody and chording, but rarely the lyrics. Jenn loved the challenge of putting words to music, so their creative approaches fit together perfectly.

Their collaboration resulted in compositions on the lighter end of the genre scale. These include the ethereal, power-folk of "Tidal Wave," the jazz-pop fusion of "Don't Ask," the 50s-retro "About You," and the tear-jerking "Regrets."

Scott and Graham brought edginess to the band's songwriting. Their deas gave Jenn and Walter new foundations for building melodies. Through this creative amalgamation, they slammed out the anger-laden rock of "How's it Going to be" and "Liar," the defiant pop-rock of "Betting to Hold," and the rock-ballad "Wild Cherry Tree."

What to know more about these folk individually? Keep reading...

Jennifer is originally from Kilbride, Newfoundland. She began writing songs shortly after first coming to Ontario in 2000, but has been singing for as long as she can remember. The artists she loves singing along to include the Pretenders, Rufus Wainright, and Nina Simone. Her vocal stylings have been compared to Stevie Nicks, Tracy Chapman, and Sarah Harmer.

As of September 2004, Jenn has moved on from Intransition (she completed her Master's in Behavioral Neuroscience at UWat), and has begun medical school in Nova Scotia. Her three years with the band are behind her, but we're sure she'll keep her passion for music alive. And who knows, she may return for a reunion show every now and again. (Let's hope so!)

Walter, a clinical psychology student at UWat, has been involved in the music scene for about 10 years. He's been in a few previous folk-rock bands, including one as far north as Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. In fact, some of the songs recorded by Intransition were originally peformed by one of his northerly bands, "Strange Things Happen to Walter." Well, not exactly; the song structures and arrangements of the recordings have changed, but essentially "the songs remain the same." These include the John-Hiatt-influenced "Hideaway," the philosophical funk of "Mind in Motion," and the folk-rock, almost-love-song "Don't Believe We've Met."

Walter's influences include Neil Young, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Sting, and John Hiatt. He would like to say the Beatles were also influential (because it feels like a cool thing to say), but then he finds it hard to hear it in his music. So perhaps the Fab Four are more of an implicit influence.

Graham is a Canadian of English descent, Newfoundland (Newfie to Canadians) origin, Northern Ontario upbringing and global aspirations. He recently completed a BA in Philosophy at U of Waterloo. His major influences include Rush, Grateful Dead and King Crimson. Graham has also moved on...to Cyprus! He assures everyone that he has a job there. He also finds time to play his beloved bass at local jams.

Scott also grew up in northern Ontario and moved to Waterloo after high school.

Lyrics

Tidal Wave

Written By: Jennifer Ahmed & Walter Foddis

Will you stay with me awhile
Watch the ocean turning wild
A tidal wave of hope returns
But doubts are long to be unlearned
If we lose our way tonight
The tide will steer us right

A laugh from your eyes
I forget where I am
Gone too far in the depths
Of the ocean again

If I turn swim to shore
Will you find me some day
In a place where there’s
Less chance that I’ll wash away

You’re slipping just outside my reach
A shadow drawn along the beach
If the poets have it right
End of the world might be tonight
If we’re lost in the night air
The tide will bring us,
The tide will bring us back here

Your voice far away I get lost in the sound
There’s an echo within
That tells me what I’ve found

If I turn swim to you
Will your eyes change to gray
Like the people I’ve seen
Who ride ocean waves
Who ride ocean waves

In all the times we’ve met before
In those dark hallways with no doors
Just once a flash of light betrayed
Sight of a rushing tidal wave

A laugh from your eyes
I forget where I am
Gone too far in the depths
Of the ocean again

If I turn swim to shore
Will you find me some day
In a place where there’s
Less chance that I’ll wash away
Less chance that I’ll wash away

In all the times we’ve met before
In those dark hallways with no doors
Just once a flash of light betrayed
Sight of a rushing tidal wave

A laugh from your eyes
I forget where I am
Gone too far in the depths
Of the ocean again

If I turn swim to shore
Will you find me some day
In a place where there’s
Less chance that I’ll wash away
Less chance that I’ll wash away
Less chance that I’ll wash away
Less chance that I’ll wash away
Less chance that I’ll wash away

How's it Going to be

Written By: Jennifer Ahmed, Scott Crockford, Walter Foddis, & Graham Hearn

Keeping me tied down locked in
Making me crazy with the tangled web you spin
Try not to bruise your ego so I’ll be neutral in the middle

I’m tired of worrying for you
Can’t keep on dodging all the mines
You plant you around you
Being proud’s a lonely crime

Heavy words they bruise me and leave me
Living lonely with doubt and uncertainty
Isolated, abbreviated

Heavy words they wound me and keep me
Living lonely with no sympathy
Isolated, abbreviated

How’s it going to be

Keeping me tied down locked in
Driving me crazy all the trouble that you’ve been
You’re laying down the eggshells that cut through me like shrapnel

I’m tired of worrying for you
Can’t keep on dodging all the mines
You plant you around you
Being proud’s a lonely crime

Heavy words they bruise me and leave me
Living lonely with doubt and uncertainty
Isolated, abbreviated

Heavy words they wound me and keep me
Living lonely with no sympathy
Isolated, abbreviated

How’s it going to be

Heavy words they bruise me and leave me
Living lonely with doubt and uncertainty
Isolated, abbreviated

Heavy words they wound me and keep me
Living lonely with no sympathy
Isolated, abbreviated

How’s it going to be

Heavy words they bruise me and leave me
Living lonely with doubt and uncertainty
Isolated, abbreviated

Heavy words they wound me and keep me
Living lonely with no sympathy
Isolated, abbreviated

How’s it going to be

Don't Believe We've Met

Written By: Walter Foddis & Lennan MacDonald

The way your eyes seemed to smile
The way you laughed like a child
I wanted to touch your hand
But you might never understand
The way you stay on my mind
And still I just don’t know why

Thought I should of, if I had of
If I might of you know we could of

Don’t believe we’ve met
But I’m sure we’ll meet again
In the shadows of the day and darkness of the night
And when we meet again
I’ll remember your name
It burned through me like a searing flame
I’ll remember your name I’ll remember you

The way you tilted your head
So much I left unsaid
The light that touched your face
These things I cannot erase
The way you stay on my mind
And still I just don’t know why

Thought I should of, if I had of
If I might of you know we could of

Don’t believe we’ve met
But I’m sure we’ll meet again
In the shadows of the day and darkness of the night
And when we meet again
I’ll remember your name
It burned through me like a searing flame
I’ll remember your name I’ll remember you
I’ll remember your name I’ll remember you

In the air dancing day into night
I see the stars were in flight
Shapes twisting spirits tempting us
I see clouds of colored light
Will they come down to pull us away
To set us free

Don’t believe we’ve met
But I’m sure we’ll meet again
In the shadows of the day and darkness of the night
And when we meet again
I’ll remember your name
It burned through me like a searing flame
I’ll remember your name I’ll remember you
I’ll remember your name I’ll remember you
I’ll remember your name I’ll remember you
I’ll remember your name I’ll remember you

Discography

Intransition's first self-titled CD was released in December 2004. It can be purchased through our web page, where streaming audio of CD is also available.

Intransition is also featured on the University of Waterloo CKMS Studio Virgins, Vol I, Compilation CD (released June 2004). Their contributions include "Don't Ask", "Tidal Wave" and "About You".

Set List

Originals (13 songs):

Tidal Wave* (power folk)
Don't Ask* (jazz-pop)
About You* (50s-retro pop)
Mind in Motion* (funk-rock)
Hideaway* (country-rock)
Don't Believe We've Met* (pop-rock)
Wild Cherry Tree* (rock ballad)
How's it Going to be* (rock)
Liar* (rock)
Regrets* (rock ballad)
Betting to Hold* (rock)
Moonbeam (rock)
You're the One (pop-rock)

* = songs on the Intransition self-titled CD.

Covers (6 songs):
Why (Annie Lennox)
Old 55 (Tom Waits)
You Really Got a Hold on Me (Smokey Robinson)
Desire (U2)
Beast of Burden (Rolling Stones)
Rocking in the Free World (Neil Young)

We play short sets of 30 minutes and up to longer sets of 90 minutes.