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New bands for me are either hit or miss; I'll either be blown away or completely turned off and, unfortunately, it's usually the latter. Every now and then, I'll catch a glimpse of something special that excites me. With the debut EP 'The Long Knives by Toronto's the Glad Yeah, this is happily the situation.

Drawing self-admitted inspiration from Swedish band 'The Ark', the disc boasts five outstanding tracks. The sound is atmospheric, combining elements of David Bowie and the Conscience Pilate. Each song seems to float along while delivering a complete payoff on the chorus. The band's care for the tracks as a whole is apparent ,and the Glad Yeah deliver in full, time and time again.

This is an incredible release to check out by a band who proves to be worthy of keeping an eye on for the near future. I will consider it to be a musical tragedy if there's no follow-up. Highly recommended.


by Lycan Davis
http://www.glitzine.net/recensioner/longknives.htm - Glitzine (Sweden)


What goes around comes around
Frontman for Toronto rockers The Glad Yeah goes global for debut EP

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The Glad Yeah bassist and lead vocalist Christian Patrick believes that in order to get where you need to go, it’s best to start at the beginning.

Not that long ago, Patrick had become frustrated with the Toronto music scene. He’d packed away his electric guitar and had completely stopped listening to music. Then, on one cold February day in 2003, he bought a one-way ticket to Rome, gave up his apartment and disappeared without telling family or friends.

"Music seemed like something I never wanted to be involved with again," he says. "I didn’t know anybody in Europe, so I flew to Rome in the dead of winter. Looking back, I was too self-absorbed to really think about the consequences or what the weather would be like. I was sleeping on the street, not knowing the language, but eventually got on my feet."

Being alone in a foreign country isn’t as romantic as it may seem. In Italy, Patrick started playing some acoustic shows at cafés to make extra money, but he spent most of his time holed up in his apartment, bored out of his skull. One night, for lack of something better to do, he decided to check out one of the local rock clubs.

The band playing that night was The Ark, Swedish punks known for their outlandish live performances and outrageous costumes. As it turned out, they were the muse Patrick needed to regenerate his love of music.

"It was strange because I sort of got a movie feeling (watching them onstage) like, this is it – this is where music can go," he recalls. "Nobody was doing that at all (in Toronto). Not since the days of Bowie or early Genesis would people dress up in costumes onstage and have the music to back it up – not just theatrical moves."

Fully recharged and inspired, Patrick spent the next six months in Italy writing songs on his acoustic guitar. He planned on returning to Canada and getting into the studio right away to record a low-key, melodic album. The only thing he needed now was to find a band.

His first night back in Toronto, Patrick met guitarist Peter Gunn, an ex-medical student from Edmonton. Gunn had recently moved to the city to escape the pressures of an intense university program. Patrick remembers their auspicious first meeting.

"I just saw (Gunn) in a club and noticed him right away because he looked identical to one of my heroes, Richey Edwards from the Manic Street Preachers," he says, laughing. "You look at a guy who looks like your hero and you’re like, ‘Who does this guy think he is?’ But then we became really good friends and he was the best thing that could have happened to me. He had the exact same vision that I had when I was in Italy (for a band). We’re almost musical soulmates in a way."

Patrick later met Calgary drummer Daz Longknife through friends, and in late 2003 rehearsals for The Glad Yeah began. With the addition of the two Alberta musicians, Patrick’s goal for a stripped-down record soon changed. When the three-piece got into the studio and saw the amps and recording equipment, they decided to scrap the acoustic guitars in favour of a big-rock sound.

For Patrick, taking the road less travelled seems to have paid off.

"I think everyone should be totally spontaneous once in their life," he says, remembering his time in Italy. "It’s definitely changed the way I think about things – I don’t worry about anything anymore."

by Kirsten Kosloski - FFWD Weekly (Calgary)


Discography

The Glad Yeah's 'The Long Knives' EP in 2004, and
debut album "Love Turns to Ash" in January 2006.
4 songs can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/thegladyeah

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Bio

THE GLAD YEAH… Formed in the spring of 2005. Led by flamboyant front-man Christian Patrick, the Glads have become known for their over-the-top live performances - which include scissor kicks, makeup, costumes and loads of sweat. Joining Patrick, is the man with the magic fingers; guitarist Stacy Gunn, bassman The Michael and the purveyor of Pulse himself, Dazzer on drums. Taking a cue from self-admitted influences like Swedes The Ark and Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie, the band have moulded a sound all their own and it's definitely a sound that hasn't been heard this side of the pond for years. “We are a very dramatic band; lyrically, musically, and aesthetically,” Singer Patrick muses. “Our songs are about love, loss and everything in-between. But at the same time we have a certain sense of humour in our live show that people relate to. We’ve all been in painful situations one time or another and you can only be dour and morose for so long. Sometimes you just have to laugh about it.” The band released their debut E.P 'The Long Knives' in September of 2004 to critical acclaim and have just finished recording their much anticipated debut album "Love Turns to Ash". The album is a collection of 10 songs filled with unequivocal honesty and emotion. From Schizophrenic pop opener "Soviet" to the forgiving and optimistic album closer "Honey, Things Need to Change", this is THE album to tug on your heartstrings and leave you slumped in the corner pondering the relationships you have in your lives, past or present, and whether to laugh or cry about them. "I suppose this is a concept album of sorts," Patrick begins. "It is a collection of anecdotes in a five year span of being in a relationship. I think this album is a perfect example of how we deal with love. When things turn sour, everyone juggles with the natural progression of regret, hate and ultimately - forgiveness. Is sadness a side effect of love or is love a side effect of sadness? These questions are just some of the questions posed on the album. Some may find answers, but most of us won't." Check live dates for a town near you, because this is one band you don't want to miss! Are you glad, yeah?