If you were an avid CBC Stereo listener between 1984 and 2007, the late-night Brave New Waves probably needs no introduction. The fringe show that politely introduced underground music to the masses was a daily staple for plenty of music fans, and despite its cancellation a decade ago the program’s heritage lives on. Toronto’s Artoffact Records announced earlier this year that they were pressing vinyl reissues of old Brave New Waves sessions by Rheostatics and The Grapes of Wrath, and now that those sessions are out it’s looking like a couple more are on their way – this time featuring 13 Engines and The Pursuit Of Happiness.
Recorded during Brent Bambury’s tenure as host of Brave New Waves, each session features live performances and interviews with each band in Montreal’s CBC studios. The archived master tapes, which other than the original broadcast have never been made available to the public, are remastered for each band. CDs and digital downloads of the Brave New Waves sessions will be available on June 2, with pre-orders already open on Artoffact’s web store. Limited edition blue and green vinyl and standard black pressings are also available, but are expected to begin shipping around July 7. Also, take note: the band interviews are only available on the CD and digital versions.
- Dirty Little Rat
- You’re Nothing If You’re Not Strong
- Gathered Safely In
- There You Go Again
- Big Surprise
- Interview with Brent Bambury
From Bandcamp Listing: “Best known for their hit “More” from 1993’s Perpetual Motion Machine, 13 Engines formed in 1985 and released two independent albums before finally landing a record deal in 1991. The band toured with The Tragically Hip and went on to produce a final album, Conquistador, in 1995.
Formed by John Critchley, Mike Robbins, Jim Hughes and Grant Ethier in Toronto, 13 Engines’ brand of rock was way ahead of its time in the mid-80s, well before the alternative rock craze hit the mainstream. The band is impressive on their Brave New Waves session, captured by Kevin Komoda in their prime, complete fuzzy guitars and the magic vocals of John Critchley.
The 13 Engines Brave New Waves session was recorded on August 8th, 1989 and first broadcast in November of the same year. The recording is taken from the original CBC Archives’ tape and remastered at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, by Harris Newman.”
The Pursuit of Happiness:
- My Neighbourhood
- Runs in the Family
- Something Physical
- I’m An Adult now
- No Safe Place
- The One Thing
- Beautiful White
- Two Girls in One
- On & On & On
- Interview with Brent Bambury
From Bandcamp Listing: “Exploding onto the Canadian rock scene with “I’m An Adult Now,” The Pursuit of Happiness went on to sell over 100,000 copies of their debut album Love Junk and continued to have hits in the early 90s such as “Two Girls in One,” and “Cigarette Dangles.”
Fronted by the always-charismatic Moe Berg, TPOH delivered a breath-taking Brave New Waves session, complete wild guitar solos and impressive percussion courtesy Dave Gilby, as well as the TPOH-patented backing vocals by Kris Abbott.
The recording date of the Pursuit of Happiness’ Brave New Waves Session is unknown but is likely to be around 1990. The recording is taken from the original CBC Archives’ tape and remastered at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, by Harris Newman.”