Hello there Friend, Fan or the idly curious. How's it goin? Trouble at work? Trouble at home? Living on Italian Loaves and bittersweet chocolate? Well...now seems like a good time to THANK-YOU for the heartfelt good wishes and interest you've emitted in our direction. Very nice of you to take the time...in fact, we were so bowled over by it all that is has taken us, well, nigh on a year (in some cases) to respond.
But, those days are behind us, thanks, in part, to a special machine located in Fergus, Ontario. Now all we have to do is drop a pint of blood each into the funnel on top - as well as an eyeball from any member of the marsupial family - as well as any one of Shakespeare's comedies (or Richard III), and sacrifice a chicken and VOILA!! out comes a Früvous Quill Newsletter. "What is this Früvous Quill?" you ask. Well, we're not sure, but we DO know that it will evolve into some type of hyperexclusive forum for new, facts, fictions, tidbits or whatever comes when we put pen to paper.
Just remember: you - YOU! - are now officially part of an elite corps with top-secret, CODE 1, access to a secret fount of info so blessed that it will undoubtedly set you about a notch and a half above those around you. As proof of this you will find a listing of Früvous full-tour dates (see back) throughout CANADA - perfect ammunition to let fly during those parties of important, well-groomed people of the moment, if you feel the tide of social opinion shifting against you.
-The lads, August '93.
So much has happened in the last little while that, without the services of SCRIBE (a short fellow who runs about twenty feet behind us at all times chronicling everything we do), we'll forget ourselves. Tons of travel, little sleep, consuming gravol, counting sheep...Let's see:
Our experience recording BARGAINVILLE in Woodstock, New York, was very intense...old church, spring breeze, fresh bagels, cream cheese, fourteen-hour days, Ms. Pac Man (why not "PacWoman>")..the works. After that we laboured long in Toronto completing the album (producing the disc ourselves was, of course, a delicious exercise in democratic decisions - delight - would you like cream with that?) and mixing the blood thing whilst preparing for our "unveiling" show at the Ontario Place Forum on May 28.
Throughout the summer we have been gigging at theatres and folk festivals across Canada and doing a bunch of media to promote the album. We shot a video for the 1st single, "STUCK IN THE 90's" on June 28 (seen it one much??)
We were absolutely freaked that within two weeks of the release of BARGAINVILLE (July 20 was the release day in Canada) it went GOLD!! (50,000 copies) Thanks to all those who have entered BARGAINVILLE. Look for the next single to mention bell hooks.
OK...gotta go. We'll see ya somewhere in the country (hopefully) and talk
to you soon.
Sept 22 Peterborough Sept 23 Peterborough Sept 27 St. Catherines Sept 28 St. Catherines Oct 1 Toronto Oct 2 Toronto Oct 6 Guelph Oct 7 Brantford Oct 19 Victoria Oct 20 Vancouver Oct 21 Kelowna Oct 23 Kamloops Oct 24 Calgary Oct 25 Lethbridge Oct 28 Red Deer Oct 29 Edmonton Oct 30 Edmonton Oct 31 Regina Nov 1 Saskatoon Nov 2 Winnipeg Nov 5 Thunder Bay Nov 7 Sudbury Nov 8 North Bay Nov 12 Lennoxville Nov 13 Montreal Nov 14 Quebec City Nov 15 Fredericton Nov 17 Moncton Nov 18 Sydney Nov 19 St. John's Nov 20 St. John's Nov 22 Halifax Nov 25 London Nov 26 Hamilton Nov 28 Ottawa Nov 29 Kingston Nov 30 Kitchener / Waterloo Dec 2 Windsor Dec 4 Buffalo