Friday January 06, 2017

Hamilton band Simply Saucer detail their story of underground success in new book

Simply Saucer singer Edgar Breau and writer Jesse Locke join q guest host Chris dela Torre in studio to discuss Locke's new book about the band titled Heavy Metalloid Music.

Simply Saucer singer Edgar Breau and writer Jesse Locke join q guest host Chris dela Torre in studio to discuss Locke's new book about the band titled Heavy Metalloid Music. (Olivia Pasquarelli/CBC)

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Like many, Jesse Locke discovered '70s Hamilton rock band Simply Saucer late. For Locke, it wasn't until the band's 2003 reissue of their album Cyborgs Revisited that the writer found out about the band. 

"I was a huge fan of bands like the Velvet Underground and Can and to learn that there was a Canadian version of bands like that, making really out-there underground rock music in Hamilton, Ontario in the early '70s...I was just totally blown away," he remembers. 

Fast forward a decade and Locke has now written a book about Simply Saucer, titled Heavy Metalloid Music: The Story of Simply Saucer. He and lead singer Edgar Breau stopped by the q studios to talk to guest host Chris dela Torre about the book and the band's legacy. 

"We loved the outsider vibe," Breau says, of the band's underground identity. "We had our ups and downs but artistically it was a great thing for me."