wordPEOPLE

wordPEOPLE

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandPopR&B

wordPEOPLE (noun): 1) A six piece collective whose compounding interest is to keep things bouncing like bad cheques. 2) A crew incapable of lie-abilities, known for shaking assets

Biography

Anything worth doing should be done right the first time. While we’ve all heard the adage a million times, how many of us have actually applied it to our lives? Unleashing Toronto’s most intense fusion of hip-hop, funk, rock and R&B, wordPEOPLE have done just that. However, as the tale behind their debut independent full-length People’s Eatery proves, it took a while to get this collection of 13 tracks done right.

wordPEOPLE came together in 2003 and quickly garnered praise for their original style and crowd moving performances, winning talent shows and releasing their PLAYONWORDS EP in 2005. The first single, “Foolin Yourself” reached Number Two on the request-based “Top 9 at 9 Countdown” on 91.5fm The Beat in the South Western Ontario region. Pleased with the reception and success of PLAYONWORDS, wordPEOPLE set their sights on a full-length. Teaming with producer Adam King (Cancel Winter, The Good Lovelies, Run With The Kittens), the group quickly realized that despite the initial strength of the songs, they wanted something more for People’s Eatery. Restructuring People’s Eatery extended beyond the music. While not a conceptual effort, apeX relates that the album is tied together by the common theme of people watching, a bird’s eye view of the everyday.

“We imagined just sitting and watching what people do. What’s happening in their lives? Naturally, the observations are diverse: that guy over there is “sitting on the fringe of a binge like Sin City citizens, where moves are calculated by the neighbour’s dividends,” he’s stressed about money (‘Keep Up’); the woman over there is in love but is too shy to speak to the object of her affection (‘Just Don’t Know’); the group of folks over there left work early because they really need to decompress through dance (‘People’). Musically and lyrically, it’s a mix of the “physical and digital, the sensible and whimsical,” he states.

The end result? wordPEOPLE offers 13 tracks of poetic honesty, musical prowess and spotless production. Expanding their vision to incorporate guest musicians, wordPEOPLE not only restructured internally but also unwittingly redefined the parameters of what constitutes a band. To explain, People’s Eatery features guest appearances by independent luminaries such as God Made Me Funky’s PHATT al, Moka Only, The Good Lovelies AND Louwop the Dirty General.

“I like the idea of making records with other people,” apeX smiles. “We go through the writing process ourselves and then it’s fun to see how someone else interprets what we’ve done. I don’t think it sounds like a typical guest-spot record though. Everywhere people guest, it fits and the album becomes really diverse. Bringing our friends into People’s Eatery is the perfect way to augment the base we’ve set. We care about the songs enough to let others in on what we’re crafting instead of limiting ourselves to the confines of our members.”

Moreover, by including such a diverse group of musicians and lyricists on People’s Eatery, wordPEOPLE ensure that their music truly does defy classification. While many bands and artists are quick to hide behind definition, wordPEOPLE embrace all aspects, confident that their ability to span musical gaps obliterates constriction and guarantees appeal to all walks of life.

As apeX declares, “eclectic may be a sub genre these days but that’s what we are.”

Lyrics

Run For Your Life

Written By: M. Cameron, P. Henke, B. Nudds

Where you're comin from we've all been too
What really haunts you scares us too
Run for your life, we're right behind you.
What you runnin, what you runnin for?
You can't understand me
til you've seen through my eyes
So I won't pretend to know
what keeps you up at night...
Whoa, oh , oh, oh
What you runnin, What you runnin for?
Been movin like it's all I know
And still I got so far to go...

Don't fail me
Don't fail me now, me now, me now
Don't fail me
don't fail me now, me now, me now
Feet don't fail me now (whoa)
Feet don't fail me now (whoa)

What you're missin we're all searchin for
What you really need we all want more
Run for your life, we're right behind you
What you lookin, what you lookin for?
Do you see what I see
when you look in the mirror?
It's too early to go home
but we can't stay here.
Whoa, oh , oh ,oh
What you runnin, what you runnin for?
Been movin like it's all I know
And still I got so far to go...

Don't fail me
Don't fail me now, me now, me now
Don't fail me
don't fail me now, me now, me now
Feet don't fail me now (whoa)
Feet don't fail me now (whoa)

It ain't accolades or the cameras in the back flashin praise
That keeps him on his feet in this rapid race
Outlasting cats like they passin crazes, it's passion.
Plays so hard while they watchin feet, watch defeat
As he stomps the beat. It's no vacation when they all retreat
He pulls ahead of the pack like he's dropped the heat.
OOOOH! and that's burnin HOT
Never held back no burden GOT
Him, he got wings like a bird he's NOT
Bound by the rules of us earthly LOT.
So what you gonna do when they tellin you
It's time to show and prove?
Be ready to move like there's nothin to lose
Lookin at your own two, sayin....

Don't fail me, don't fail me now, me now, me now
(keep movin keep movin keep movin movin movin movin)
Don't fail me, don't fail me now, me now, me now
(Can't stop now, won't stop now)
Don't fail me, don't fail me now, me now, me now
(Can't stop now, won't stop now)
Don't fail me, don't fail me now, me now, me now

Whoah. Oh.

Summer In The City

Written By: M. Cameron, P. Henke, B. Nudds

CHORUS:

Cool night, hot under the collar
workin man, nowhere to spend a dollar
got her number, she don't answer when I call...
that's the nitty gritty, that's the summer in the city.
Two steppin with a one-track mind
downtown girls dressed so fine
she got a watch but she ain't got the time
That's the nitty gritty, that's the summer in the city.

VERSE 1:

Y'all know what they say, it's all work and no play
so after the hard day and at the bar to parlay
she came through the door, he was chillin on the far side (Pharcyde)
Oh, that's the reason why she keeps "passin him by." Bye, bye.
So his eyes are at work scannin more skirts than a boutique store clerk
Makin the connection got him playin the game like a Jeopardy contestant..
like "yo, excuse me miss?" -- "Uh huh?" -- "Can I get your name?" -- "Uh uh"
"Well if we can't make it happen it would be a damn shame
cause your frame say 'play' but I ain't tryin to run game. It's a
hot night I wanna cool it with you, andget down with the things
I know you're into." But if she dusts you off , you gotta respect that son,
it's no sweat off your brow, check the next one.
So he walks down the block to next hot spot
can't get her off his mind, it's a

CHORUS

VERSE 2:

Finally, see, his luck did change, stepped to the tall
bombshell and had a pleasant exchange. Exchange of digits, she's like
"Cool I'm with it" when he asked her if after she was cool to kick it.
With the stereo loud they'd just hang out, bang out favourite records
and as they sang out, he felt blessed he could say now "I gotta piece of sunshine
if it rains out" Without a care in the world, he cared for the girl
and he wasn't tryin to own her but he told her: "I'll never let you go,
I was lookin for somethin valuable, since I found you pearl,
you're like the rarest in the world." But yo, that could have been a bit
over passionate, said "Summer love I wanna commit" He thought they'd take
a little time, but she was just passin it,
that night she left a night that said "I have to split."
He walks down the block in the same predicament, he can't get her off his mind,
it's a

CHORUS

BRIDGE:

First things first, a girl could die of thirst
while you are sitting at the bar thinking that you'd been cursed
you wanna do that dance you wanna sing that song
but you've got two left feet and the words all wrong...
Ain't much change when it's summer in the city
It's long hot nights many ladies in mini
Skirts and they flirt on the strip lookin pretty
Cool cats keep sweatin them kitties
Love is a chase when it's summer in the city
Long hot nights many ladies in mini
skirts and flirt on the strip lookin pretty
Cool cats keep sweatin them kitties, it's a

CHORUS

Discography

"Run For Your Life" - Single (Digital single on iTunes, November 2010)

"People's Eatery" - LP (Digital and physical LP on iTunes and Maple Music, Sept 2009)
***Album charted in the top ten (Ear Shot/Chart Attack) on college radio for 13 weeks, reaching as high as #2
***"Keep Up" from wordPEOPLE's debut LP was featured on Global/ABC's TV series "Rookie Blue" (July 2010)

"PLAYONWORDS VOL. 1" - EP (Maple Music, 2005)

Set List

1. That's Life
2. People's Eatery
3. Summer in the City
4. Swingathings
5. Keep Up
6. Cool Under Fire
7. PEOPLE!
8. Ain't what you seem
9. Run For Your Life

The set typically runs 45-60 mins of original material.