Throwback

Throwback

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An addictive fusion of acoustic pop-rock, folk and hip-hop, Throwback's sound is driven by seamless harmonies, a strong instrumental foundation, and innovative percussion.

Biography

Emerging from a Montreal music scene well known for its electronic indie-pop bands, Throwback stands out as a unique export from its Canadian hometown.
With influences drawn from such diverse genres as roots rock, folk, jazz and hip-hop, the foursome's harmony-driven music has put them in the company of other acoustic-based rock greats. They’re now planning to build on the success that has won over the New England college/prep school circuit. While comparisons have been made to the likes of Guster, Dispatch, Blue Rodeo, G Love, and even CSNY, Throwback has developed its own addictive acoustic pop-rock fuelled by seamless harmonies, a strong instrumental foundation, and innovative percussion.
Throwback was formed in early 2002, when singer/songwriter Erik Lind teamed up with lead guitarist Mike Libis and percussionist Micah Shapiro. The following year saw a steady increase in support for the McGill University trio as they recorded the Misconceptions EP and kept up a regular schedule of shows in and around the Montreal area.
As Throwback moved across the border to play to new and welcoming ears in the United States, audiences continued to be captivated by charismatic songwriting, energy-rich performances, and the endearing level of intimacy the band manages to bring to its fans. "I think the best part of the night for us hanging around after the show. After a few weeks in the van, it helps to meet some new people. We're in a city we've never been to before, we're foreign - but it still feels like home," Lind said.
In early 2003, the original trio welcomed bass player Lisa (Dee) Perusse to the group. Having expanded their sound and potential, Throwback entered the studio in May 2004 to work on their first full-length album. Recording took place at River's Edge Studio, a historic converted church located in the heart of downtown Montreal, with the help of long-time friend and producer Nathan Picklyk. The end result, Border Crossing, was released Aug. 17, 2004. “That experience was so different from the earlier studio stuff,” Libis said. “We took more time, maybe took a few more risks, but it paid off” The 14-track album represents a marked progression in musical maturity for Throwback.
The release was supported by a fall tour in the U.S. Over three months, in addition to visiting their habitual north-east stomping grounds, Throwback played to new markets in the midwest and mid-Atlantic United States. They played with popular acts like Virginia Coalition, Zox, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, State Radio (feat. Chad from Dispatch) and Speechwriters LLC.
Backed by a solid repertoire of original material, Throwback is tearing up the independent circuit, and continues to expand its ever-growing fan base.

Lyrics

Promise

Written By: E. Lind

take a dose of everyday
but how am I supposed to stay
in a world built on empty ways
where the lessons are all the rage
hey hey

hey mister won’t you tell me your disease
cause you dream in green but honestly
you’ve got generations upon their knees
but you won’t make no guarantees
hey hey

I’ve waited I’ve paid and
I have made my stand
I’m breaking and you’re taking
promise from my hand

doctor doctor tell me who’s to blame
when all the pretty strangers start to look the same
the cameras gathering up the shame
but no one ever ever ever knows the name
hey hey

it’s not always what you know
but better where your wisdom goes
it’s not always what you know
you just better know where your wisdom goes
oh oh

I’ve waited I’ve paid and
I have made my stand
I’m breaking and you’re taking
promise from my hand

Border Crossing

Written By: E. Lind

wake up call a monday afternoon
I’ve seen it all just never thought so soon
october skies are waiting to explode
and I close my eyes to watch the days we’’ll never know

I’ve never seen new york city
without you by my side
it’s one last call to montreal
and I’ll drive
maybe you would follow too
if things could be alright
it’s one last call to montreal

and I’ll drive (and I’ll go and you know that my mind’s made up and I..)
I’ll drive (and I’ll go and you know that my mind’s made up and I..)
I’ll drive (and I’ll go and you know that my mind’s made up and I..)
I’ll drive (and I’ll go and you know that my mind’s made up and I..)

by the way I never got the chance
to say thanks for the stay but I think you owe me one more dance
but I won’t hold you to it I won’t even say a word
cause I’m positively certain that I’m pretty much unsure

I’ve never seen new york city
without you by my side
it’s one last call to montreal
and I’ll drive
maybe you would follow too
if things could be alright
it’s one last call to montreal

and I’ll drive (and I’ll go and you know that my mind’s made up and I..)
I’ll drive (and I’ll go and you know that my mind’s made up and I..)
I’ll drive (and I’ll go and you know that my mind’s made up and I..)
I’ll drive (and I’ll go and you know that my mind’s made up and I..)

Discography

Misconceptions (EP) - 2003
Border Crossing (LP) - 2004

Set List

Sample from Cabaret Music Hall, Mtl. QC (Jan 28, 2005)

The Town Beneath the Ground (w/horn)
Heart Attack
Border Crossing
September
Poison
Window
Dear Catherine
Outer Loop
Promise
Falling Back
TV Theme Song
Taxman (cover)
Nap
Misconceptions
Two Steps Closer
Watching Movies
Use Me Up (cover w/keys and vocal guests)
Home Bittersweet Home
Black Coffee (w/keys)