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Event Archive - the miniatures, Leeroy Stagger

Sun. August 22nd 2004 9:00 - 12:00 The Upstairs Cabaret (No Minors) 9:00 - 12:00
Presented by: The Upstairs Cabaret, mountain promotions
The Miniatures are a fixture in The Canadian Rock scene, hailing from Kitchener Ontario, they have opened for Matthew Good, The Tea Party and many other distinguished names. The band''s recent rise began in late 2001 when they caught the ear of Junkhouse guitarist Dan Achen, who immediately offered to produce their next album at his base of operations, Catherine North Studios in Hamilton. With a few rough mixes in hand, The Miniatures landed deals with booking agency S.L. Feldman & Assoc., and EMI Publishing Canada in early 2003. By May, they had struck a deal with MapleMusic Recordings, following a string of explosive shows with Matthew Good and The Dears. But in the end, it''s The Miniatures'' music that has been the source of all the buzz. They are a band that confidently straddles the lines between power pop (“Coma Kid”), neo-psychedelia (“Detached Screenwriter”) and classic rock (“Little Bird”) without alienating any other camp. While there may be more genres that some songs fall into, the common thread is that they''re all done on an epic scale, befitting the band''s live show. “It''s a full sound,” Smith admits. “I dislike going to see a band when their album is full of overdubs and their sound is lacking. We put on a very animated performance and whatever we record, we can do it bang on.” Only a band from Canada could embody all these elements and still have the humility to call themselves The Miniatures. For Smith, there''s still only one simple goal after all these years: “All we''re trying to do is something different. For the love of God, something different!”

the miniatures

In spite of their name, The Miniatures have always thought in the largest possible terms. To begin with, the six-piece from Kitchener, Ontario -- Ian Smith (lead gtr/lead vox), Nick Skalkos (drums/vox), Chris Finn (gtr/vox), Ryan Allen (bass), Kevin Hundt (keys), Shawn Feeney (perc) -- were always too big for their hometown. Although friends since ... more info

Leeroy Stagger (Alt Country)

Fueled By Wine and cigarettes this former Staggers front man is back to grab you by the balls and make you fall in love with his music, when your influences include Steve Earle , Ryan Adams , The Ramones , The Velvet Undergound , The rolling Stones and The blacks Halos to name afew, you can only imagine the sound that ensues. With a promising live ... more info
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