Mon, Oct 31, 2011.
There's out, and then there's out. If you don't know Kate Reid is out after about 20 seconds of her CD, then you probably think The Indigo Girls are just too busy singing to settle down and find a nice husband. On her previous two discs, she's brought us such gems as "The Only Dyke At The Open Mic" and "I'd Go Straight For Ridley Bent", so it's not like you need the Rosetta Stone to decipher the lyrics. And yes, the songs are as funny as the titles.
Of course, there's the dead serious goal behind the tunes. Reid states on this disc that over the last few years she's been able to change her source material. At first she wrote for and about herself, but after being on the road, getting her music out and hearing back from so many Canadians, now she has their stories to tell. So we get to hear from real-life people across the country, and their own experiences with sexuality and society. The title cut is Reid's tongue-in-cheek response to a conservative guy hosting a house concert, and worried about her lifestyle and lyrics. "Tie One On & Tie The Knot" is her whoop-it-up matrimony song, for all the times she's been invited to sing at lesbian weddings. The best true story belongs to the titular character in Captain Cupcake & the Cambie Hotel, whom she met at a slightly dodgy gig in a rough Nanaimo bar. He turned out to be a cross-dressing tugboat captain, who ends up with the most stunning waitress in town. As Reid says about these real people,"I know you are out there, and I honour you."
Not all the tales she hears have a happy ending, or can be softened with funny title. "Revolution" is her protest song, for all the stories of male violence against women. "Forget the war on terror and all those other useless wars, too/What about this war on women/that's right in front of you?"
Reid's doing her thing, going back and forth this land, for release party shows for "Doing It For The Chicks". She has three this week in the Maritimes, at the following:
Nov. 3 - Fusion Cafe, Woodstock
Nov. 4 - Pump Nightclub, Saint John w/Babette Hayward
Nov. 5 - The Company House, Halifax w/Babette Hayward
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).