Thunder Bay is a small city of just over 100,000 people smack in the middle of Canada. We love our hometown and the support it’s given us right from day one. There’s something about our local music scene that helps produce great bands. We’ve been fortunate to learn from some phenomenal local and touring musicians, sound guys, bar owners, and music lovers to help develop our work ethic.
We spend most of our time in a 2003 Chevrolet Astro named Big Burg. That mean, burgundy machine takes us on the 17-hour drive to Toronto and all our tour dates. We take care of Big Burg as well as we can but we’re not perfect; I mean, we’re only human right? One time after a night of drinking there was a miscommunication as to who was going to move Big Burg in the morning. Everyone slept in late so when we went to go check on the van (and how big of a ticket we got), it was gone. Turns out poor Big Burg got towed for being parked in a rush hour traffic zone. $450 later we got Burg back from the impound and drove to the next show.
It’s not always pretty, but touring is always interesting with this band. Whether it’s Jay’s deathly flatulence, or Kevin’s insane laugh attacks, there’s never a lull in the fun. We have our own motto: “You can’t win ‘em all, and we never win any”, because everything that can go wrong always seems to do so, but we always say it with a smile. Even the time Jay typed in “Rd” instead of “St” in the GPS and we ended up at a Korean market instead of the venue (See proof here: http://on.fb.me/1J8cZCD), still smiling.
This past April we released our first full length LP, titled Liar’s Club, and we couldn’t be more proud of it. We built a studio on top of a bar and recorded it ourselves. Then, we sent the record to Greg Dunn (Moving Mountains, Prawn, Gates) to have it mixed and mastered. After working on it for months, it was pretty incredible to finally hear the finished product. Liar’s Club is an album about becoming a better person than who you were the day before. We made a point to make the record feel like a journey with highs and lows, good times and bad, through honest storytelling. We’ve been touring pretty hard these past few months and have no plans to stop. Hopefully we’ll see you in your city soon!
– The Collective