Throwback

Throwback

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A unique export of indie pop mecca Montreal, Throwback has developed their own addictive funk-rock fusion, fuelled by seamless vocal harmonies and intricate arrangements. Relix Magazine recently praised the band for its “rich, melodic songs laced with strong hooks and… sparkling instrumental work."

Biography

From their native Montreal, a town in the midst of solidifying its reputation as an indie music Mecca, Throwback is emerging as a unique export.

The band’s unique sound mixes roots rock, folk, jazz, and funk into a musical blend that has slowly incorporated jam-band virtuosity into its original harmony-based melodic blueprint. Early comparisons to groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and Blue Rodeo have been widened to include envelope-pushing influences like Phish, Moe, Talking Heads and Steely Dan.

The group came together as a trio in 2002, when singer-songwriter Erik Lind teamed up with lead guitarist Mike Libis and drummer/percussionist Micah Shapiro at McGill University. Excited support soon spilled off campus as they kept up a regular concert schedule in and around the Montreal area. After bassist Lisa (Dee) Perusse joined in 2003, the quartet expanded their enthusiastic fan base to the United States. A successful American tour in 2004 cemented a relationship with their cross-border fans that keeps growing.

Throwback's first disc, Border Crossing, was recorded in Montreal, as the band's home base was quickly becoming a focal point for rock n' roll enthusiasts worldwide. The record sold through its initial 1000-copy pressing in less than 4 months. Sold-out shows at Le Cabaret Music Hall and Club Soda in 2005 provided strong evidence that the group was an important member of the city's musical community.

With the addition of keyboard player David Cohen last winter, the band has continued to build on the special improvisational excitement that encompasses their live act. The band's second release, Live at Club Soda, captures the energy and innovativeness of the band on stage in their hometown, in the fall of 2005.

While the band continues its heavy Canadian and U.S. touring schedule in 2006, Throwback’s focus will turn to a new studio album over the summer months. The band will team up with former Percy Hill member Aaron Katz to produce the record. The five-member line-up will hit the road again to promote the new album on a North American tour in the fall of 2006.

Lyrics

Border Crossing

Written By: Erik Lind

a wake-up call
monday afternoon
now I've seen it all
just never thought so soon
october skies
are waiting to explode
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 then I'll drive
maybe you would follow too if things could be alright
but it's one last call to montreal

then I'll drive
and i'll go and you know that my mind's made up

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

cause I've never seen new york city without you by my side
but it's one last call to Montreal then I'll drive
maybe you would follow too if things could be alright
but it's one last call to Montreal tonight
it's one last call to Montreal

then I'll drive
and i'll go and you know that my mind's made up

Promise

Written By: Erik 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 mister can you tell me your disease
you dream in green but honestly
you've got generations upon their knees
and you won't make no guarantees

I've waited
I've paid and
I have made my stand
now 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
and the cameras gathering up the shame
and no one never never never knows the name

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

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

Another Will Fall

Written By: Erik Lind

there's a million pairs of eyes at your attention
but there’s a billion more who can see through your invention
you can cut it off but can you stop the bleeding
can you lead like a leader should with no more misleading

you lift one up another will fall
you pick one up another will fall
you send one up another will fall
you light one up another will fall

you’re just a figment of your own imagined nation
just a casualty of a faulty operation
we gave it to you now we hope to be forgiven
won’t you let this thing die so we can go on living

you lift one up another will fall
you pick one up another will fall
you send one up another will fall
you light one up another will fall

we’re so damn done
of all the dirty games
of all the nameless names
the no-consequence shame

you may run
but it’s too late to hide
it’s too bright outside
there’s too much fire in the sky

you lift one up another will fall
you pick one up another will fall
you send one up another will fall
you light one up another will fall

you lift one up another will fall
you pick one up another will fall
you send one up another will fall
you light one up another will fall

just takes one revelation
to start the revolution
just takes one revelation
to start the revolution

Black Coffee

Written By: Erik Lind

it’s a dog eat dog show but you don’t have to turn away
you can bite the hand that’s feeding you or whisper what you say
find your hands are heavy then you set the world down
take a minute for yourself who’s the one that wears the crown

it’s only you who’s bleeding
crazy for necessities you never would be needing
it’s only you who’s bleeding
watch the second hand when it’s the minutes that are leading

I don’t need you to find me out
I don’t need you to know about

I take my coffee black
don’t need to sweeten up the facts
and it goes one day at a time
who’s the next in line
don’t take off your shoes
I’ve got no time to be amused
when Jersey calls me down
never left this town

dream yourself tomorrow but today is always now
you could stop to make amends or you could stop to show me how

licking up the aftertaste and swallowing your pride
the songs will be about you and the mystery inside

it’s only you who’s bleeding
losing all your appetite for thoughts you would be feeding
it’s only you who’s bleeding
crazy for the semi-consciousness that you were cheating

I don’t need you to find me out
I don’t need you to know about

I take my coffee black
don’t need to sweeten up the facts
and it goes one day at a time
who’s the next in line
don’t take off your shoes
I’ve got no time to be amused
when Jersey calls me down
never left this town

Two Steps Closer

Written By: Erik Lind

daylight hides itself once again
and the window glass turns to mirror
my reflection stares
empty thoughts take up the time
and I begin to wonder if I’d
rather be anywhere but here

faces on the wall
speak of brighter places where
tomorrow I’ll awake so safe so sound
just to get there before it gets me
seems my trouble though I believe
it’s not the first time I’ve made my way around

and now and then I catch a reason for it all
might just have to take a walk tonight
even if I’m a little late to see you fall
it’s two steps closer to everything being alright

just might swing by the man
disobey the flashing hand
doorways hide their colours in the dusk
could have been just yesterday
that aimed me at the light that’s
crossing from above and again I must

like something out of days gone by
embracing by the side that escapes
and I’ve found my means
intentions only best of which
will follow me to where I’ll wind up
all you’ll be everything in all my dreams and all it seems

and now and then I catch a reason for it all
might just have to take a walk tonight
even if I’m a little late to see you fall
it’s two steps closer to everything being alright

Discography

Border Crossing (2004)
Live at Club Soda (2005)

Set List

- Original material to cover over 120 minutes
- Typical set is 45-90 minutes
- Throwback keeps their set varied from night to night, usually playing a selection of established favourites, some newer material and 1 or 2 cover songs

Sample Setlist (Club Soda - Montreal, QC - Sept 16th, 2005):

Border Crossing
Fallin Back
The Wrong Song
The Chain*
Black Coffee-->
Take me Out (tease) **-->
Tetris Theme Song
Bring Back Some Love
Most Nights
Another Will Fall
Pick Up the Pieces
Lightning
Television Theme Song
Use Me*** %
Two Steps Closer
Town Beneath the Ground

Encore:
Nap
Promise
Take Your Mama Out ****

legend:
* Fleetwood Mac cover
** Franz Ferdinand cover
*** Bill Withers cover
**** Scissor Sisters cover
% Feat. Kweku Sam Kowfie on guest vocals