Likewater

Likewater

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Joe Warmington from the Toronto Sun says that lead vocalist Jennifer Claveau could be "Canada's next big singing star". Likewater writes beautiful melodies and tasteful guitar arrangements.

Biography

Likewater is "two souls touching" through a life-long journey of self-exploration. In the same tradition of bands such as U2, Depeche Mode and R.E.M., Likewater is in search of answers to life's and death's questions by interpreting their own experiences and expressing them through song, melody and evocative imagery.

Likewater is a concept from the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tsu, which means "the way". Likewater flows in the lowest places, it takes the shape of any container and it is one of the strongest elements, wearing away rock over time.

This concept is where lead vocalist, Jennifer Claveau and guitarist, Eric Newby, began their love affair with music and each other. It's been a year since the couple officially split from a twelve year high-school sweetheart affair, but they remain musically married. Their ability to move forward and remain positive about their new relationship speaks to the power of the music they believe in and love to create.

At the core, Likewater is a songwriting duo. But more recently, Likewater has become a full band with John Campbell on bass guitar and Adam King on Drums. The band provides a full blend of sound and more robust version of the duo, bringing out their Canadian roots rock and pop influences, from the Skydiggers and Tragically Hip to Sarah McLachlan.

The versatility of Likewater is a testament to the quality of their songs. The way they craft their songs allows Likewater the freedom to perform solo, with Jennifer Claveau on rhythm guitar and vocals, as a duo with Eric Newby on electric guitar or as a full band with bass and drums. They have performed at a wide variety of venues, from coffeehouses to large festivals.

Most recently, Jennifer Claveau received a songwriting grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Two of these songs were chosen to be recorded and used in a new Canadian-made independent film called "Changes", by Brian Russel, Nigel Draper and Johnny Daemon.

The band is committed to creating another album this winter with heavy attention on the songwriting craft. This will be the follow-up project to Likewater's debut CD "weightless", which was released on Thursday November 18th, 2004 at The Rivoli in downtown Toronto.

Lyrics

When You Hide

Written By: By Jennifer Claveau & Eric Newby

They build you up and knock you down
The worst is over now, you know what goes comes around
They had a voice and had their say
They never heard your words
You had your choice and walked away

There’s moments when you hurt inside
You’re hard to beat when you run and hide
When you hide

You can’t recall what you started for
The weather never knows what you’ll see beyond that door
You work all night and drink all day
The past is over now
You miss those years that got away

There’s moments when you hurt inside
You’re hard to beat when you run and hide
When you hide

I Know

Written By: By Jennifer Claveau & Eric Newby

From a southern city, to a northern town,
I looked back, as the sky came down
To leave it all behind would make me strong
For thirteen years, the drive was long
And it was wrong

Where will I go?
I know, I know
Where will I be?
I know, I see
Where will I go?
I know, I know
I know

From broken dreams to broken laws
We would fight against our cause
On highway twenty-six, we were found
A southern city girl hit the ground of northern town

Where will I go?
I know, I know
Where will I be?
I know, I see
Where will I go?
I know, I know
I know

And I know that it won’t be easy
And I know
That I hurt you when you try to please me
And you know
That I always said I would leave
And you know
That you vowed to never believe
Believe in me

Where will I go?
I know, I know
Where will I be?
I know, I see
Where will I go?
I know, I know
I know, I know

Where will I go…

Once In a Lifetime

Written By: By Jennifer Claveau & Eric Newby

Is it ever easy, don’t you wonder sometimes?
When you’re spinning your wheels on the tracks of your life
And then you came along and you showed me the way
It’s like the feeling I get when you ask me to stay

And you’re lucky if sometimes you’re right
In my case that’s only been once
The long side of better and the short side to light
You were once in a lifetime

It’s hard to let go of second to none
We were holding out hope but the damage was done
Waiting by the phone when the weekend was near
There was static on the line but the message was clear

And you’re lucky if sometimes you’re right
In my case that’s only been once
The long side of better and the short side to light
You were once in a lifetime

And I meant what I said when I said…

You were once in a lifetime
Once in a lifetime

Discography

Weightless - 1st album
9 songs

1. When You Hide
2. I Know
3. Don't Bring Me Down
4. Who Wouldn't
5. The Only Reason Left
6. The Radio Song
7. As Good As
8. Moment in the Light
9. Once in a Lifetime

Set List

A great deal of thought goes into our set list. It always changes to suit the venue, our anticipated audience, length of set, set position (opening or closing), the mood we want to convey. (Up or down tempo) Generally, a set will only include 8-9 songs. We have a large enough repertoire of original songs that we can perform two sets. Sometimes we will add a cover song, anything from the Cure to Fleetwood Mac.

Order of tracks on our cd which could be a typical set:

1. When You Hide (mid-tempo)
2. I Know (Up-tempo)
3. Don't Bring Me Down (Very up-tempo)
4. Who Wouldn't (mid-tempo)
5. The Only Reason Left (mid-tempo)
6. The Radio Song (slow-tempo)
7. As Good As (slow-tempo)
8. Moment in the Light (Very Up-tempo)
9. Once in a Lifetime (slow-tempo)