My Own Devices

My Own Devices

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With music ranging from soft & slow to loud & heavy, My Own Devices really pushes their genre. Combining the talents of the 3 members, MOD explores sonic & emotional territory. With powerful & thoughtful lyrics, strong sound, & intense delivery, it is impossible to call MOD “just another rock band.”

Biography

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BIO

Everyone is guided by voices. We hear them in our heads. We fear them, at times. They tell us what to want, who to be, or how to live. Voices are hard to ignore and more difficult to follow.
Chris Steininger is no exception, though his “voice” assumes various forms. It first spoke to him in his hometown of Waterdown, Ontario where at age 17, he aspired to be a recording artist, bought a guitar and started vocal lessons at a local Burlington studio. Within a few months, Chris’ voice showed up in original songs and he began to play local clubs, recreation halls, and campus bars with his band Colonel Chunk.

While a part of the growing local mid-1990s alternative music scene in Hamilton and Burlington, the band caught the attention of several others pursuing the same goal – namely Finger Eleven, now a Platinum-selling modern rock act. Chris and F11 vocalist Scott Anderson formed a positive friendship and working relationship, playing several concerts together. Chris has also performed on bills featuring Treble Charger, Sianspheric and Idle Sons. The band Colonel Chunk went on to release the EP “Laying the Groundwork”, which sold several hundred copies and earned campus radio play.

And still, the voice in Chris’ head persisted, telling him to push for more. Never one to concern himself with sales or popularity, he focused instead on developing his music under the new name My Own Devices. Joining him in this pursuit are Scott Aird on drums, and Andrew Marshall on bass guitar.

Chris describes his band’s unique sound as a musical pool with different elements: from Incubus to Last Days of April. He is most noted for his intense vocal delivery, which recalls the range and passion of Jeff Buckley, as well as the frenzy and fury of Mike Patton. Time and time again, Chris’ listeners have been touched by his songwriting as it takes them on an emotional trip mixed with acceptance and hope. On stage, the bands’ energy draws in their audience with not only their captivating lyrics and music, but also a sense of community and belonging.

Chris is no stranger to playing live as, despite the challenges of personnel changes and full-time jobs, he has played consistently around the Hamilton and Toronto area throughout the past decade. Chris is anticipating a busy year ahead playing and promoting the January 28th 2005 independent release of “Thoughts Were The Enemy”. This is My Own Devices’ first full-length album, which was co-produced and engineered by Justin Koop, known for his production work with Billy Talent, Silverstein, The Black Maria and Finger Eleven.

And still a voice persists, calling Chris to push for more. Its expression may best be captured in the lyrics to the single “Fantasy World” from “Thoughts Were The Enemy”:

“Try to imagine this:
Your passion pays all your bills
One day the hole will be filled
Things will be just as they seem…what a nice little dream

Lyrics

Fantasy World

Written By: My Own Devices

Fantasy World

Are you chasing a dream or letting it go?
We can only do one and we both need to know
So why are you content to stay on the ground while I am up in the clouds?
Watching you sit there in doubt ‘cause you can’t let it down

Just leave me out

Because anything can happen in my fantasy world
Don’t try taking that away from me
‘Cause I’ll shut you out

Try to imagine this:
Your passion pays all your bills
One day the hole will be filled
Things will be just as they seem
Not a bad little dream

Because anything can happen in my fantasy world
Don’t try taking that away from me
‘Cause I’ll shut you out
Yeah, anything can happen and it don’t make sense
To let you win by giving up so easily
When I can shut you out

Don’t look to me for reality
I’m planning my escape; just for me
So I’ll shut you out

Because anything can happen in my fantasy world
Don’t try taking that away from me
‘Cause I’ll shut you out
Anything can happen in my head
It’s all in my head
Take me away from all of this
Or I’ll shut you out

Discography

'Thoughts Were the Enemy" (2005)
single - 'Fantasy World'
radio play on 93.3CFMU

Set List

Typical setlist is around eight songs or forty five minutes long.

Includes songs from 'Thoughts were the enemy':
- Fantasy World
- Trainwreck
- 73
- Under My Skin
- The Greatest Part

New Songs:
- So Brave
- When You Move
- Threw The Rocks
& other new songs currently being developed

Song's from Chris's older band Colonel
- In Her Absence
- Search My Soul