Mike O'Neill - Andy Brown - Atlantic Airwaves , Saturday March 3, 2012
On this weekends' edition of the program - A feature on Mike O'Neill and his new release 'Wild Lines' - and - A concert from Andy Brown from our East Coast Sessions.
Mike O'Neill's music career began with the seminal indie-rock act The Inbreds. The duo, Mike on bass and Dave Ullrich on drums, rose to prominence in the early '90s, drawing the attention of the legendary Seattle label Sub Pop as well as the Atlantic Records' imprint Tag Recordings. The Inbreds eventually signed with Tag, toured the world, and made two more records before calling it quits in 1998. In their time together they garnered two Juno Nominations and reached number one on the Canadian national university charts. The bass and drums format helped set the band apart, but O'Neill's songwriting was what made the band relevant to this day. In 1999, O'Neill switched to guitar and set out to make his first solo record, 'What Happens Now' - That record was instantly added to commercial alternative radio stations as soon as it was released - As a result of this exposure, he won the first annual Canadian Music Week INDIE Award for Best Alternative Album. In 2004, Mike returned with 'The Owl' recorded at his home in Halifax. 'The Owl' was unanimously acclaimed and cemented his reputation as one of the country's most respected songwriters. Eight years later, Mike O'Neill has finaly released his pop masterpiece 'Wild Lines'. Each song is approached differently, having sounds that range from the explosion of the noon gun on the Halifax Citadel to the intimacy of a phone call between friends - It has hip hop drums and doo-wop harmonies, but because the production reflects O'Neill's tastes, the songs bear a familial resemblance - they make sense together.
There are a more than a few great rock acts coming out of Atlantic Canada these days, and Fredericton New Brunswick's Andy Brown is emerging as one of them. Touted as a performer that 'gets into your head and heart', the Galaxie Rising Star winner has a contemporary folk-rock style all his own, taking you on a lyrical journey that transcends a realm torn between love, happiness, and sorrow. His hit song 'Ashes' was featured in season 2 of ABC's 'Rookie Blue', and only a couple of hours after the episode, his song and album landed at #1 on iTunes Canada's singer-songwriter chart and the melancholy love song reached #2 on the chart in the United States. Andy's honesty as a song writer, expressive showmanship, and soaring vocals has made him a fan-favourite wherever he performs, from a quaint theatre in North Carolina to the sprawling hall of Montreal's Corona Theatre. In early February we invited Andy Brown into our CBC Halifax Studio One to record an East Coast Session, and this week on Atlantic Airwaves you'll hear the results of that performance.
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