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"Sweet Alibi emerges"


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Sweet Alibi love St. Albert, its hometown. Too bad the band doesn't always get the chance to play there.
Vic de Sousa (lead vocals, guitars), Tim Boetzkes (guitars, vocals), Matt Wispinski (bass, vocals), and Dan Jean (drums, vocals) find Edmonton's neighbor may house some great talent, but doesn't always foster it.
"There's not much of a scene in St. Albert," says Boetzkes. "There's lots of bands but not much support."
Started four years ago as a basement pastime, Sweet Alibi keeps growing. With its second release Eyewitness, the band broadens its sound.
Ranging between progressive rock and songs which pay heavy homage to the members' hard rock influences, Sweet Alibi still finds new varied sounds popping out of the woodwork.
This can create trouble because the band wants to keep current. New material is constantly being created in its rehearsal space. Sweet Alibi will jam out new tunes and then put them through a two-track recording session. Afterwards, the four will listen to the material and brainstorm how to make it better. Still, the band members realize the importance of performing tunes which are on the current release.
"It's tough trying to hold back but you've got to do one thing at a time," says Boetzkes.
Listening to some of the lyrics on the new six-track album could lead you to believe Sweet Alibi are a bunch of Christian rockers. De Sousa's lyrics for "A Prayer for All" and "Never Ending Faith" give a lot of respect to God. However, the band insists that it's the positive message is important, not necessarily the faith.
"We're not a Christian rock band but I support all the lyrics," says Jean. Boetzkes rounded out the sentiment with, "As long we can supply some positive support, it's good, whether it be religion or just good feelings."
De Sousa is rather quite down to earth about his lyrics and their connection to non-negative sentiments. Although he feels it may not always come across, it's important to try.
"Being realistic, we're not positive all the time," says de Sousa. "How we feel at the time is how we write. I prefer the positive stuff because the world as crappy as it is and we need positive stuff out there to bring it back."

Sweet Alibi
The Grinder
Jan.11
- KEN ILCISIN


"Alibi Beats the Band"

A couple of rambunctious rock fans became confused during the Woodstock for Jocks concert at the main stage in front of St. Albert Place Saturday night. They mistook
the battle of the bands concert for the winter games' boxing venue and duked it out in the
parking lot.
But members of the winning band need not to worry about being blamed for it,
they have a sweet alibi. In fact, their name is Sweet Alibi.
No one is sure who won the parking-lot brawl, but Sweet Alibi members were delighted and surprised when they won the six way battle of the bands.
"We were surprised when we made it past the auditions because there were so many good musicians there - there are a lot of good bands in St. Albert," said Dan Brodribb, co-founder and bass player of the group.
In fact, when band members learned they would play at the winter games concert, they were thinking not about winning, but playing for an audience and spreading their music.
"That's really what we wanted - we weren't thinking of winning, we just wanted people to hear our music."
The group has one recording out and has arranged sales of the song at Top 40 in St. Albert and at HMV stores in Kingsway and West Edmonton malls.
The band's varied sound makes use of rich blends of acoustic and harder-edged electric guitars. It's a sort of semi-unplugged sound. But it's difficult to match it with any single influence.
"It's straight-ahead rock 'n' roll," said Victor Desousa, lead singer for the band.
"I would say we play just rock 'n' roll with a lot of feel and intensity and conviction."
Brodribb agrees.
"One of us will write a song, then others in the group will say 'well, it would sound better if we do this,' and what finally happens at the end of that process is it comes out sounding like us," Brodribb said.
Sweet Alibi was joined in the battle of the bands concerts by local groups Solid Insecurity, Eternal Youth, Invertigo, Perceptual Distortion and Peter Pan Logic. The grand finale at the concert was a performance by Edmonton rockers Minstrels on Speed.
Sweet Alibi won first place on the strength of three original songs: Fatal Attractions, A Prayer for All and Streets of Silence.
For its victory, the group wins a $500 gift certificate from Long and McQuaid Music. Brodribb said every little bit helps bands that are young.
"We're hoping to get some monitors or at least a down payment on something," he said of the prize.
Wednesday, March 9 - The St. Albert Gazette


"Back To Basics"

In the dog-eat dog world of the music industry, all you can do is keep on trying. By virtue of that fact, you'll often find refreshing attitudes among younger musicians who are on their way up, prepared to slug it out in the trenches.
When you talk to Victor de Sousa, a founding member of the local rock group, Sweet Alibi, you get the distinct impression he's in for the long haul but that he'll enjoy every minute of paying his dues. His group, formed in early 1992, has just released its first CD, smartly titled Eyewitness.
With an October gig at the Sidetrack to celebrate the recording over and done with, the group is back to the grind of the three R's: rehearsin', writin', and rockin. Sweet Alibi will be bringing down the roof at the St. Albert Community Hall on Perron Street Dec. 28, performing in a homemade benefit show for the Edmonton Kids With Cancer Society. The band will be playing with two other local bands, The Blasted and the Deadbeat Dads.
"They are good local bands and we thought it would be a good idea to give them an opportunity to play live because they are where we were at a couple of years ago," said de Sousa.
Where the band was a couple of years ago was in downtown St. Albert, slugging it out for the title in the 1994 Alberta Winter Games Battle of the Bands. It was the first big thing the band had accomplished.
Now, the group has the CD to promote and songs to play. The CD is a pretty cool collection of songs penned by de Sousa and former band member, Dan Broadribb. Vocalist-songwriter de Sousa said songwriting with the band is largely a communal activity.
"We bring our ideas to the group and work on them for a while," he said. "We'll suggest some changes and play around with something for a while and if we like it we keep it and if not, the person can use it for their own personal projects."
Songs the band gets its best response to are A Prayer for All and Castle of Love. A Prayer for All is just that: a song that bemoans the degradation of social structures and the environment and seeks to inspire some form of global healing. de Sousa's lyrics are probably based in his Catholic upbringing.
"It's a song dealing with the world depression, how everything isn't that great and I am twisting it into an optimistic point of view, using prayer as a thing for everyone to come together. It's more of a cohesiveness thing," he said.
"I feel you can practise religion at home and I do read the Bible but we aren't a Christian rock band. I was brought up Catholic but I sort of made up my own type of religion."
Castle of Love reflects its title, telling of the healing power of love. Other songs, more notably Silent Night Deadly Night, are a little more sinister. Silent Night, written by de Sousa and the band and recorded live on its CD, is pretty far removed from the Christmas carol. It deals with abandoned youth on the streets and the danger inherent in their lives.
Tickets for the all-ages Dec. 28 concert are available at St. Albert High School, Bellerose Composite High and the New Ground on St. Albert Trail. Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. - St. Albert Gazette


Discography

Marble Soup- Released 2000
Eyewitness- Released 1996
Game of life- Released 1993

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Vic de Sousa- Dress him up in an orange jumpsuit and throw him into the slammer, for this man is definitely guilty of singing his mind, tearing up a stage and rounding up a group of admirers. Nobody can blame him because he has a sweet alibi... love of rock and roll.

Introduced to the rock world in 1992, Vic de Sousa co-founded and fronted his long time rock group Sweet Alibi. The 10-year relationship with the boys in Sweet Alibi allowed de Sousa to tour Canada’s western region, expand his horizons and polish his already electric stage presence. He claims he has to be seen to be fully appreciated, audiences agree...

While with Sweet Alibi, Vic de Sousa and his group were fortunate enough to open for bands such as Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, and Loverboy, at Rockfest ’99. The hard working artist has been featured several times on A-channel’s “Big Breakfast” and “Wired”, as well as RDTV’s “Music City” and Videotron’s “The Edge”. In addition, he has been featured on Edmonton’s premiere rock radio station, CFBR (“the Bear”) on its ‘Red, White and New’ program.

2002 was the year of heartbreak for de Sousa as his mini music empire “Sweet Alibi” came to a halt. His 3 amigos in the band decided to pursue careers in something other than music. De Sousa took a year off to regroup and contemplate his future. In 2003 de Sousa decided it was time to take matters into his own hands and embarked on a new project. He joined the remaining members of the defunct group Tommy to create a new force called, DeSousa Drive. He wrote and recorded new tunes for his 4th independent release (Debut with DeSousa Drive). The 5-song power pop/rock collection exposes some of de Sousa’s inner demons and struggles as he voyages through life. The songs may bring up some of your own demons but it will get your head bobbing and crack you a stone cold grin in the process. Starbucks has got nothing on this satisfying blend of acoustic and electric rock. The project is expected to explode into the rock world in 2006. Brace yourself as you venture through Vic de Sousa’s heart and mind.