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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada | SELF

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"Musical Talent Just Beyond Your Front Lawn: Porcelain"

When asked what genre Porcelain belongs to, the answer of the lead vocalist Adam Krulicki and lead guitarist Jim Mathers was very surprising: “Pop.” While pop is not necessarily a genre, and could be anything from dancing boy bands to blonde country singers, in terms of where the band is going and how they feel about sharing their music “pop” is actually the best description.

“Porcelain” is the name of a Moby song from his album Play released in 1999. Play was the first album in history to have all its tracks commercially licensed. The particular track was chosen for the name of the band, because it also happens to be the place you end up after a hard night of drinking.

The commercialization of music isn’t new but the attitude and motivations behind it are changing. “There used to be a stigma attached to selling out, but the music industry is changing” said Mathers. Commercialization of the band and their music is important but for the exposure not the money: “I want everyone to hear our music, not just people who can find it,” said Krulicki. The band is also conscious of maintaining the integrity of their image while going mainstream. “I think car insurance companies rip people off so I would never lend a song to them, but I do believe strongly in old people having sex, so I would give a song to Viagra,” said Krulicki.

The music of Porcelain can be loosely described as pop-rock and have been compared to other bands such as Broken Social Scene and Oasis with other apparent influences including The Beatles, Underworld, The Cure and The Killers. The band has recorded a self-titled EP which contains six songs all recorded and produced by the band in the Krulicki basement. Their music has been described as sounding like “nothing ever heard before, but something so familiar.”

Currently, the band has five members: Adam Krulicki as lead vocals, his brother Chad Krulicki on keyboard, Jim Mathers as lead guitarist, James Bisch on drums and Jeff Bell on bass.

The band is currently working on their first full length album in the studio and will be playing a show February 16, 2008 at the Boathouse in Kitchener.

The intentional commercialization of art while maintaining the honour of the music may seem like a paradox, but you can’t deny the artistic spirit of the band who proclaims that “good music is ageless and timeless.” Discrediting a band for their desire to be popular is ironically the same as liking a band because they are. It should be about the music and doing whatever it takes to get it out there. We can expect great things from Porcelain, a band that is willing to do that. - University of Waterloo's Imprint Magazine


"Porcelain - This Modern Life"

Porcelain’s jangly Brit-pop infused single, This Modern Life, is the first cut to introduce the Southern Ontario trio to commercial Canadian radio
coast to coast.
The band — lead singer/rhythm guitarist Adam Krulicki, 24; his brother, keyboardist/rhythm guitarist/backing vocals Chad Krulicki, 28; and lead
guitarist Jim Mathers — is currently finishing its new album, which Porcelain is self-producing.
This Modern Life “sounds like it’s a love song,” says Adam of the lyric. “It’s really about not liking your job and feeling trapped and
wanting more out of life. Chad and I were talking and we were in situations where we were enjoying our jobs, but we didn’t want to do it
for the rest of our lives.”
The Porcelain one hears on This Modern Life is actually very different from the one Adam and Chad formed in 2002. Then, it was an electronic
group with no vocals that released one album called Space On The Wall.
“We’ve changed our sound quite drastically,” says Adam. “Now we’ve
added vocals and live drums and live guitars. I would say it’s more
Oasis, New Order, The Killers kind of sound, whereas before it was
more like Underworld and The Chemical Brothers.”
Why didn’t Adam sing in the early incarnation? “To be honest, nobody
knew that I could,” he laughs. “It was one of those things where we
were making music and having a great time and after we did our first
record, Chad went off to school and on the side I joined a rock ‘n’ roll
band and I discovered I could sing and they made me the singer of
that band. Chad finished school and we restarted Porcelain again a
year-and-a-half ago.”
Jim, who played in the other rock band with Adam, was brought in on Lead
Guitar, and for live shows they bring in a drummer who is not an official
member. Going from creating electronic music to a Brit-pop/electronic
amalgam is just a product of the music the three grew up with in the
nineties.
“You had Oasis and Blur, stuff like that, and that led me getting into
The Smiths and The Jam and bands like that,” says Adam. “On the
other hand, we had influences of Nirvana and Pearl jam and the
Smashing Pumpkins. For the most part, it’s just what we love.”
While all three members of Porcelain collaborate on the songwriting, for his part, Adam says, “My goal as a songwriter is to make timeless
songs. I want to make songs that will be getting played on the radio 10 or 20 years from now. That’s the legacy I’m trying to leave behind.
As far as my goal sonically, that changes song to song. There are times when I wake up where I want to make something that’s really
uplifting and happy and has a really rock sound and there’s times when I want to make something a little bit more brooding and
electronic, so it depends on the song and the mood that I’m in.”
Porcelain has already recorded seven songs for the new album and will be tracking another seven in the next two months. The band will be touring
extensively throughout the summer. “When I get up onstage, I’m not scared of anything,” says Adam. “I love doing it. This is what I’ve been
wanting to do for the rest of my life.” - Plug (MUSIC) Inc.


"Porcelain pieces come together"

By Jason Schneider for NightLife

While some bands seem to appear on
the scene fully formed, others have to
take some time to fully explore a wide range
of ideas before finding the right sonic combination. It’s fair to say that this has been the case with K-W electro-rockers Porcelain who have gone from being a synth/drum machine studio duo to a full-on live unit with stadium-shaking potential.

The band, fronted by Adam Krulicki, and
including his brother Chad on keyboards,
guitarist Jim Mathers, drummer James
Bisch, and (recently recruited) bassist Matt
Trethewey, is currently polishing up material
for their first full-length album. This comes on the heels of last year’s six-song This Modern Life EP,which found its way
onto 102.1 The Edge and other new rock stations across the country. Adam says that the album will be the next natural progression in their evolution, and debuting the new material live is already proving that.

“We’re feeling really good about the new
songs, but when you play them live you always inevitably discover new things about
them that will hopefully make them stronger
when you go into the studio,” he says. “I
think we’re already in agreement that this
will be a heavier, more rocking record that
explores some darker ideas than our last EP.
We’ve never wanted to pigeonhole ourselves.”

Yet Adam maintains that despite how
much Porcelain’s sound has expanded, elements of where they started from will never disappear. “I think what makes us interesting is that we’re never going to lose those aspects of electronic music, like big bass tones and melodic synth lines. I mean, the first thing Chad and I put out was seven
years ago, so we feel we’ve had to keep
changing in order to keep from getting stagnant and boring.”

At the same time,Krulicki admits that
being part of a five-piece live band is just
generally a lot more fun than being isolated
with only a bunch of keyboards and drum
machines. “I love both, and finding a hybrid
of the two is really what we’re aiming to do,”
he says. “But nothing compares to being on
the road and going to places where nobody
knows you and just giving it your all on stage
to win over a crowd.”

He adds, “Our lyrics are just as important
to us as our music, so we want people to hear those messages too. That was one of the big reasons why we changed our sound, because ultimately Chad and I didn’t feel fulfilled just doing instrumentals.We both had to realize that we had greater ambitions than just having fun messing around in the studio.”

Porcelain plans on keeping up a busy live
schedule while they continue to complete
the album, so expect a full plate of new material that will change from show to show. “I think we’ll be playing about five new tunes
at any given time,” Adam says. “If anyone’s
seen our last few shows, they might recognize a couple of them, but it’s a lot of fun for us right now to hopefully be turning on new people every time we play.”
To check out more of Porcelain, go to
www.myspace.com/porcelainbandcanada - The Record


"Porcelain"

Sky-gazing romantic pop-rock. Synth sounds and UK rock ballads lie beneath the anthemic strains of this radio-ready Kitchener alt-rock outfit. RIYL: The Killers - NOW Magazine (Online) NXNE 2010


"5 Songs You Gotta Hear Today"

“21st Century” by Porcelain

There are a couple of bands called “Porcelain”. This one is Canadian. They’re from the Toronto area, although they could be from anywhere in Britain, especially when the keyboards come in. New single called “21st Century” is worth your time. - ExploreMusic Radio - Alan Cross


Discography

This Modern Life (Single) 2007
- Featured on 102.1 The Edge's Thursday 30 as a Groundbreaker on June 22nd 2007.

Porcelain (EP) 2007
- Featuring the singles "This Modern Life" and "Point Of View".

21st Century (Single) 2009
- Featured on Galaxie Radio

Everyone Everywhere 2010
- Featuring the singles "21st Century" and "Indie Souls"

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Expansive sound and captivating live performances are what Porcelain has founded their growing reputation on. And that is exactly what they have captured on their soon-to-be-released (June 2010) LP Everyone Everywhere. The upcoming album has already garnered recognition for the first two singles 21st Century and Indie Souls (The Last Ones) with steady radio play on Galaxie’s Rock Alternative station, and others across Canada. Anticipation for Everyone Everywhere follows on the success of their debut self-titled EP, which got the band a nod as a Groundbreaker on 102.1 The Edge’s Thursday 30.

The Kitchener-based five-piece outfit mixes their love for synthesizer-based electronic music with deeply rooted passion for the UK rock sound. The band has successfully taken the brilliance of the brit-pop sound they grew up with and brought it steps forward to something fresh and invigorating.