The Stereo Hoax – Breaking New Ground

Band Pic of Toronto The Stereo Hoax By: Croydon DeMello

February 6, 2008 

"Explosive, energetic and raw" are the sounds of The Stereo Hoax, an upcoming band ruminating from Canada’s very own Toronto city. When hearing them live, one is to experience a wall of sound that takes on a lifeform of its own and seduces you into a state of dance rhapsody. All this, from four individuals that started from very different musical backgrounds that now unite to form a style that is congruent with post-punk/rock/reggae features which fuses to form the basis for new music today.

The band consists of frontman and Leadsinger Bowman, Anthony Policelli on Guitars, Brendan McGarvey on Bass and Drummer Joey Proulx. One cant help but be mesmerized by the allure of the onstage antics of Bowman, who is also a Visual Artist in his other life. His audacious vocals, honest charming humor, vibrancy on stage and in person, keeps you hanging on to every moment and leaves you pleasurably entertained, upon having experienced such an individual. Policelli is a guitar instructor as well and one can see the merit of his skills as he brings fresh melodic ideas, intertwined with complex chordal harmonies that form the skeletal structure of the bands sound. It is the intricate mix of Metal/Punk/Dub/DnB grooves set by McGarvey and Proulx that create a solid foundation that holds to cushion and complement the guitar and vocal arrangements. From this cohesive collaboration come songs that are catchy, interesting and contain an organic temperament.      

Though the band is fresh and is coming up to their one year anniversary mark, they have already performed at most of the "A" club circuits in Toronto such as the Horseshoe Tavern, Lee’s Palace, The Bovine Sex Club, The Rivoli and The Annex Wreck Room. They plan to spread their music to the rest of Ontario’s surrounding venues working their way toward the rest of Canada and North America.

The outfit is set to go into B-Town Studios in March this year and begin recording their first disc with Justin Koop who has worked with such notaries as Billy Talent and Finger Eleven to name a few. What should transpire is a CD that sounds dynamic, raw and contains a diversity of high energy-driving musical songs which mirrors the spirit of their live performance. Their most lovable track "Friendcard" was recorded to be specially featured on Edge102.1 and is today their most popular song. Another track "Death Cult Trench Coat", pays respect to the Virginia Tech Shootings and is gaining fast in popularity among their fans. One can find issues of everyday life, politics and love to be the ingredients for the lyrics of most of their songs, written with a honest prose approach.
Live Pic of The Stereo Hoax
The music has evolved much since the conception of the project and the new songs showcase a unit that has grown together in both music and life. Look out for the flaming space monkey that heralds as the band’s logo and mascot. In an age where new sounds and endemic rhythms are at the heart of peoples musical palettes, you can find The Stereo Hoax pioneering such a mission and breaking new ground, all in the tradition of good music.

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