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LevyStep

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
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"Debut Disc out for LEVYSTEP"

Halifax's venerable Seahorse Tavern will be rocking tonight (Friday) as the group Levystep take the stage to trumpet their debut release, These Times. The Haligonian quintet has been at it since 2009, building a solid fanbase for their rich set of originals. The new release, available as a download on the band's website, is an eight-track set produced by by former Our Lady Peace and current Crash Karma guitarist Mike Turner. It's big guitar rock, with lots of ringing notes, with just a touch of atmospheric soloing, and a big emphasis on choruses and lyrics.


Lead single Hope is a good example of all that, with its moody verses which explode at the chorus. It starts with a solo guitar, edgy and umm, Edge-y, then singer Mike Renaud joins in, a serious lyric from a guy with a big, alternative voice even in the soft parts. Lots of power chords and drums join in for the first chorus, but it's still relatively subdued, and we go back to another softer verse. The catchy chorus hits us louder the second time, and then it's time for some shredding, but not too much. as we soon get a moodier middile eight. It's just setting us up for that last volley, though. The tune fist-pumps its way to a close.

Each of the tracks here are solidly concocted, playing to the strengths of the group, who make a mighty ensemble noise, but can leave enough room for Renaud to belt out the words. While basically a guitar band, there's prescious few retro moments, as Levystep has managed to carve out its own identity, with a sound to get across, and something to say and sing about.
- East Coast Music with Bob Mersereau


"Debut Disc out for LEVYSTEP"

Halifax's venerable Seahorse Tavern will be rocking tonight (Friday) as the group Levystep take the stage to trumpet their debut release, These Times. The Haligonian quintet has been at it since 2009, building a solid fanbase for their rich set of originals. The new release, available as a download on the band's website, is an eight-track set produced by by former Our Lady Peace and current Crash Karma guitarist Mike Turner. It's big guitar rock, with lots of ringing notes, with just a touch of atmospheric soloing, and a big emphasis on choruses and lyrics.


Lead single Hope is a good example of all that, with its moody verses which explode at the chorus. It starts with a solo guitar, edgy and umm, Edge-y, then singer Mike Renaud joins in, a serious lyric from a guy with a big, alternative voice even in the soft parts. Lots of power chords and drums join in for the first chorus, but it's still relatively subdued, and we go back to another softer verse. The catchy chorus hits us louder the second time, and then it's time for some shredding, but not too much. as we soon get a moodier middile eight. It's just setting us up for that last volley, though. The tune fist-pumps its way to a close.

Each of the tracks here are solidly concocted, playing to the strengths of the group, who make a mighty ensemble noise, but can leave enough room for Renaud to belt out the words. While basically a guitar band, there's prescious few retro moments, as Levystep has managed to carve out its own identity, with a sound to get across, and something to say and sing about.
- East Coast Music with Bob Mersereau


"Playing the Odds"

It won't be long now, til the Babzee's crew makes the announcement regarding who will be playing at the 4th Fred Rock event scheduled once again for Fredericton this coming summer.

After a rainsoaked debut in 2009, which pretty much washed away any walk up business (I remember barely being able to see Matt Mays perform through the sheets of rain), Fred Rock recovered somewhat by playing it smart, and dealing primarily with domestic acts, which improved their bottom line a great deal. Last year's Joel Plaskett/Sam Roberts show (augmented by a surprisingly strong undercard) was vindication for the upstart promoters, and helped to land them on solid footing once again.

With this blog, I'm out for a little vindication of my own. Last year I only got one of the headliners right, mind you I only took 5 guesses. Still, thats only batting .200, not exactly overwhelming numbers by any stretch. I cast a much wider net this year...17 stabs in the dark. If I can bring my average up to...say .250, that means 4.25 bands on this list will be on the Fred Rock stage this summer. I'm not sure how we'd handle the .25 part, maybe Raine Maida can open the festival with a set Tuvan throat singing, or something...that would be 1/4 of OLP.

This year Mike and Nick are holding their cards as tight as ever, and in all fairness, I would too. Think about it, what better way to have someone discuss your show, than have them take a guess at it. Blogs, like the one you're reading right now, will probably insure this sort of cat-and-mouse game for years to come. I hope so. Besides, they are probably are still figuring out the hand they are holding at this point. Even having Babineau as my captive, as he stood in front of me in line at Subway, provided little new information (except that he went with the flatbread, which does usually indicate ties to the Communist Party).

Here's what I do know (and admittedly, it's not much):

This year they are looking to expand to two full days for 2012, and once again the Loyalist City Rugby Club will play host. The dates are Aug 10-11.

Here's what I've heard:

The organizers are looking at the possibility of considering international acts once again, which does open up some interesting possible scenarios, and also makes this little exercise that much more thought provoking. I also heard that one of the nights might be heavier than the other, which again makes for some interesting possibilities.

Here goes nothing...

Do you think for a second that Fred Rock insider (and the muscle behind the operation) Matt Harris wouldn't ensure that his new Halifax based band, Levystep, isn't on the bill? Think again, and good on 'em...they're a talented bunch that deserves a slot on the big stage. One thing for sure, the kid can sing. Plus, August gives them time to grow some hair (guy on the left, you're ok...but your friends need to step it up a bit). Last time in Fredericton? I dunno...last month? - Uncle Rob's FredRock Predictions


"WHAT MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ARE SAYING ABOUT LEVYSTEP"

WHAT MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ARE SAYING ABOUT LEVYSTEP

“The album sounds really great, really professional…” Christina Fitzgerald Assistant Director Live 105 Evanov Radio Group

“Great songs. Killer singing. Well thought out playing….” Mickey Quase, Music Development Officer, Nova Scotia

“You guys are a solid unit….” Rob Pinnock Music Director 105.3 The Fox, Astral Radio - LevyStep Music Group 2012


"WHAT MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ARE SAYING ABOUT LEVYSTEP"

WHAT MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ARE SAYING ABOUT LEVYSTEP

“The album sounds really great, really professional…” Christina Fitzgerald Assistant Director Live 105 Evanov Radio Group

“Great songs. Killer singing. Well thought out playing….” Mickey Quase, Music Development Officer, Nova Scotia

“You guys are a solid unit….” Rob Pinnock Music Director 105.3 The Fox, Astral Radio - LevyStep Music Group 2012


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Biography
Rarely has a new band delivered an album with more emotional punch than LevySteps 2012 debut release These Times. Musically inventive and lyrically compelling, this collection of songs is one of the most anticipated albums of 2012. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia the band has a distinctive sound that has earned them an enthusiastic fan base as well as the respect of many music industry professionals. The group believes in and enjoys relentless touring, which is quite evident when witnessing one of their live performances.

The band is very excited about this upcoming release as the song Hope made its debut in April 2012 with close to 800 spins on rotation and numerous spotlights on BDS stations. Bring me to Life has already been featured in podcast spots within Nova Scotia as well. The acoustic version of Here I Am has also been featured on New Brunswick flagship station 105.3 The Fox located in Fredericton NB. With supporters from CBC Radio, NEWCAP, ASRTAL, and EVANOV, illustrating that LevyStep has been a rising act within the industry. The album These Times has been nominated for Rock Album and Inspirational Album of the year at the Music Nova Scotia Awards 2012. This album has been a long time waiting not only from the bands point but as well from their fans. The band approached numerous producers for this project and it finally found a home that seemed to be the best fit at the Pocket Studios. Produced by former Our Lady Peace and now Crash Karmas guitarist Mike Turner. LevyStep spent long weeks in the studio working out new songs and old classics such as Bring me to Life and Forever and a Day. Working with Mike Turner was a great benefit for the band on many different levels with songwriting, producing, and even their own professional musicianship. This album brought more attention within the industry that caught the ears of former guitarist of the band Moist, Mark Mackoway who took the mixing portion for the album. Having two of the bands favorite guitar players to work on this project with them was a great pressure for the band and illustrated the strength of the bands ability create good music. After the album was ready for mastering, the band put it out to a few mastering companies to spark interests in getting it mastered. Former Harem Scarems Harry Hess was pleased to take the project under is wing at Vespa Music Group. These Times has made it through multiple Canadian Icon hands and through the last 6 months have definitely been on the rise to a national recognition. Working with Linda Dawe from Music Solutions helped launched the first single Hope across the country and the US. The success of this single was outstanding and was well received by music critics. Performing at the 2012 IWK Telethon showcased this single on CTV had great reviews across all media outlets that followed. Throughout the summer months the band has been featured on numerous shows with CBC Radio, NEWCAP, ASRTAL, and EVANOV radio stations, as well have had numerous print reviews. The buzz is now happening for this band and the fan base has grown greatly. With over 250,000 views on YouTube for their videos, LevyStep is proven to be the next rising star this year.

WHAT MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ARE SAYING ABOUT LEVYSTEP

Fronted by impressive pipes of Michael Renaud, the songs will have no problem fitting in on modern rock radio. Stephen Cooke Chronicle Herald, Halifax NS

LevyStep, from Nova Scotia, are the next in line vying for the crown of arena rock kings Jamie Vernon, Segarini Music Blog

Levystep has managed to carve out its own identity, with a sound to get across, and something to say and sing about Bob Merserau, CBC

The album sounds really great, really professional Christina Fitzgerald Assistant Director Live 105 Evanov Radio Group

Great songs. Killer singing. Well thought out playing. Mickey Quase, Music Development Officer, Nova Scotia

You guys are a solid unit. Rob Pinnock Music Director 105.3 The Fox, Astral Radio

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