Lifestory: Monologue
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Lifestory: Monologue

Guelph, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Guelph, Ontario, Canada | SELF
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"Canadian Music Week 2008: Lifestory: Monologue" - The National Post

"Lifestory: Monologue Life in Pictures"

LOAD: For our readers who don’t know, where does your band name come from?

Zac Tenwesteneind: That can be credited to Richard’s departed poetry days, where he was writing first person poems and stories about hardships and other
dramatic stuff. Stuff that was like life tales spoken alone. He thought of the name shortly after and it went from an msn name to what it is now. It used to be more significant for us lyrically, but we’ve
kind of grown past it in that sense.

LOAD: You guys have really made a
name for yourselves on the independent circuit. What’s the next step for Lifestory
Monologue and where do you see yourselves at the end of next year?

Richard Nuttall: Any ‘name’ we’ve made for ourselves, we’ve tried to make by playing as often as we can, wherever we can. We’ve already gotten to play with
some of our favourite bands and have met so many awesome folks. So, we’re really hoping to get out of the province and play way more, where it’s not as familiar, make new friends and hopefully
give a memorable experience to people who have never heard us. So next year, we’ll probably be right back here in Guelph, celebrating the new year, but
hopefully with a little more tour experience under our belt.

LOAD: You’re the next band in a long line of independent success stories that have emerged from Guelph. How much of your success would you attribute to the
music scene that you’ve come from and the bands that have come before you?
ZT: Five years ago, we were the same kids you see at the shows today, and we loved it. We watched bands like Motion Picture Cinema, Race Well Run, Farewell to Freeway, Shotgun Rules, Arise
and Ruin/Pureblank, and got happy
about life. We wanted to recreate the live energy and passion we saw these magnificent dudes delivering, using some our own ideas. Guelph has always had
dynamic music, and we’re proud to have come from it, and so happy to play with these bands and their variations today.

LOAD: For the most part, you’re still a young band. How important is it to get your music out there?

RN: It’s very important to us. All of our CD’s are up on a few blog sites for free, just do a little surfin’.

LOAD: What do you say to people who might write you off as just another high school band that doesn’t have what it
takes to get to the next level?

ZT: I would say that successful or not, we’re all out of high school and they should stop throwing around labels. But seriously, there are musicians, bands, and
artists who are way younger than us that have reached all kinds of ‘next levels.’ Regardless of whether or not we get there, age isn’t a factor, or it shouldn’t be.

LOAD: There are more than enough
people out there that believe that Canadian bands don’t get nearly as much push in the States as they might deserve. Do you agree with that statement and how come that’s such a problem?

Jason Reid: They don’t make it easy
nowadays for smaller bands to share their music with people south of the border.
So yeah, there are some really awesome bands that don’t get any push at all in the States because they just haven’t been there yet. There are obviously way
more people in the US which means more people to support unique markets, so it’s an advantageous move for almost
everyone, but still difficult if you aren’t going the legal route. With the right moves, and enough support from your home
front, eventually you should be able to get down there and perform well enough
and often enough to
gather your own push.

LOAD: What influences your
sound as a band? Are there some bands out there right now that are making an impact on your ears?

RN: A big influence for us is actually each other. We all grew up with a sense of ideals that... may be different now, and we kind of embrace the deviations that
we’ve all been through and let it translate into our writing.

LOAD: How important are beards and big hair to you guys?

ZT: “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man” - William Shakespeare

LOAD: What’s in the Lifestory Monologue CD Player right now?
ZT, RN, JR: Minus the Bear, Deftones, The Dear Hunter,
Lymbyc System, Spitfire,
Thrice, This Will Destroy
You, Two Hours Traffic,
Alexisonfire, Sufjan Stevens,
Owen, Thursday, Lovedrug, Sigur
Ros, Moneen, The Gaslight Anthem,
Atmosphere, Brand New, Jimmy Eat
World, As Cities Burn, The Streets, mewithoutyou and So Long

By Benner - Load Magazine

"Lifestory: Monologue Hold Me In the Wind, My Friend"


Hold Me In The Wind, My Friend (23.01.2008)

Rating: 8 / 10

Posted: December 10, 2008
Author: Andrew King
I’m a big fan of the EP as a release. While at times plagued by poor song choice, and other times just not long enough for a band to showcase its full potential at a given time, the format usually plays host to aptly arranged tracks that digest well in an appetizer-sized serving.

With Hold Me In The Wind, My Friend, Guelph ON’s Lifestory:Monologue have cooked up a winning recipe. These five songs perfectly showcase the band’s scope, not putting too much on the plate and certainly not starving the listener of anything of substance.

The five-song offering starts off with “Dancing & Kisses,� which in my eyes is the standout track. Shimmering rhythm guitars interplay quite nicely with one another and act as seasoning to a very lucid composition that clocks in at 8:09, which I didn’t realize until my third listen while glancing at the clock on the dashboard. That’s saying something. Anyhow, the song (like the others save for “Rejoice, Rejoice�) serves up some passionately shouted (NOT screamed) vocals accented nicely with a hint of silky smooth backup singing. The two voices foil each other quite well, and while the backups are certainly more sonically pleasing, they work well in smaller doses next to the energetic main delivery.

The following three songs are just slightly darker in makeup to “Dancing & Kisses,� employing some interesting drum patterns and a bit more double kick for what you might call a “heavier� tone, though the record is by no means "heavy." The opening riff of “Ultimate!� is stunning beautiful; two clean guitars dancing with each other before the bass and drums enter for a slightly darker and more urgent tone. Hold Me In The Wind, My Friend relies quite heavily on the pretty intertwining of the two guitars, with most of the albums shining moments coming in the form of extended riff acting as a batter into which the other instruments and vocals are tossed.

The band adds a dash of gang vocals here and a pinch of piano leads there - just to taste. Lyrically, the record is quite enticing, exploring various themes directly and matching the dynamics of what’s being sung with the dynamics of the music – both of which are strong points of the record. The instrumental closer is a nice way to top off the offering, allowing the band to once again do what it does best – create a sonic dish of different flavours that blend together for something fresh and exciting. The EP is a huge success. My appetite is wet and I’m ready for a full-course in the form of an LP. Hurry up guys; I’m starving. - Pure Grain Audio

"Lifestory: Monologue Photo Coverage"

Photo Coverage at: - Truth Explosion Magazine

"S.C.E.N.E 2007"

S.C.E.N.E Festival Photo Coverage at: - WGTS Magazine

"Lifestory: Monologue Releases New CD"

Lifestory:Monologue, a Canadian band with talent not usual for many bands, has released their newest cd. Canadian fans should go to their many shows in Ontario and brag about how amazing the new album is. No word yet on when the cd will be available to Americans. I cannot recommend this band strongly enough. Please check them out at the aforementioned link. They have three brand new songs from the album available for your audio pleasure. -

"Lifestory: Monologue Posts New Track"

Lifestory: Monologue have posted a new song titled "The Coward" on their myspace. -


Drag Your White Fur - Make It Grey (TBA 2011)
Produced by: Kenny Bridges (of .Moneen.)

Hold Me In the Wind, My Friend EP* (October 2007)

*Available digitally on iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster and physically on

Ballad of the Maida Vale (LP) (February 2006) (Independent)


Out of Sound Records Vol. 2 (May 2006)

Available for steam at
are "Wolves Behind Me", "Dancing and Kisses" (which have garnered over 400 000 plays).



Imagine driving down the highway at breakneck speeds. A sudden gust tears off the lid to the trailer, exposing the band’s luggage and gear to the wind as it rips around the van. Yet everything holds on in defiance of the elements, and in what could have been a freak accident that cost you everything, all that you lose is a couple of spare pillows. Trials, Kismet, Elation. Lifestory: Monologue.

Lifestory: Monologue are on the cusp of realizing a work that has been years in the making: Drag Your White Fur – Make It Grey. It’s the culmination of 5 years of hard work that will once again demonstrate why this band is ready to bring their soaring and gritty art-rock to an ever growing audience.

Having braved only one lineup change since their inception, Lifestory: Monologue are proud to boast over 350 shows and 2500 albums sold. They’ve toured Ontario, Eastern Canada, and parts of the U.S. in support for some of Canada’s vibrant musical past and present, such as Fucked Up, Attack in Black, Moneen, Sight & Sounds, The Reason, The Junction and Most Serene Republic. The band’s also been able to reach out, playing dates with Crime in Stereo, Polar Bear Club, and Crippled Black Phoenix. And it doesn’t hurt to name check a performance at Canadian Music Week, or their multiple appearances at SCENE Fest and Cornerstone Festival. Thankfully Lifestory: Monologue have the chops to justify rubbing elbows with so many fantastic artists, and the new album is a chance to prove it once again.

Drag Your White Fur – Make It Grey is a direct reference to the cover of their previous offering, Hold Me In The Wind, My Friend. The two polar bears which adorned that album’s cover – like the band themselves – are older, wiser, and more experienced. But the band takes this maturity in stride, combining their positive attitudes, love for each other, and a penchant for dramatic music. They’re infusing their vocally enhanced post-rock with authentic experience and passion, raising their music to grander heights. This is to be an album that shows form, structure, and maturation directing the band, as much as the emotional weight that they convey every time they take the stage. With Kenny Bridges of Moneen on board to produce, this is truly going to be a triumphant step forward for Lifestory: Monologue.

By: Andrew Townsend