Saturday, November 24, 2012

well-heeled boys

Tap9 - Tap9

I'm well used to people I know releasing albums, but I live in a city of 1.2 million, so it's the sort of thing that you expect to happen here.

It's a bit different when a friend, who lives in Lacombe, Alberta (pop 11,707), records an album with his Central Alberta-based band in a studio in Mameo Beach (pop 113) and holds the release party in Blackfalds (pop 6,767).  Suddenly it becomes a pretty big deal. Perhaps it was just my innate big city snobbery showing, but I was surprised by what I heard.

The self-titled debut album by Tap9 is comprised of thirteen original songs performed in a style that the band describes as modern day classic rock.  Those are words that would strike fear into the heart of many a hipster music critic, but fortunately the men of Tap9 are a pretty classy bunch.  Not a single wife-beater shirt or headband in sight.  And I suspect the Peter Frampton hair made an exit decades ago.

Instead, what you get with Tap9 is five accomplished musicians playing well-produced original music.  With songs that vary from guitar and drum-driven upbeat numbers to sultry saxophone-touched harmony-soaked crooners, this is an album that showcases the versatility of this small town band with the big city sound.

Check them out -


Anonymous said...

I like to see the local bands do well and am never surprised. I've heard some really good stuff come out of the small ponds.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Huzzah for those small but fertile ponds, ReBelle.

John Mutford said...

A town of 113 has a recording studio? What's up with that?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I know, John, that pretty much blew my mind too. The studio may well be the town's major employer.

Nails Marbella said...

Interesting name for the band, I thing with the unique name and music TAP9 have some pretty good chance of becoming well recognized in next couple of years.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I will certainly keep on eye on them, Nails Marbella.

Peter said...

Opposite to some sentiments, good written articles are still getting the audience like myself :)
Thanks for bringing up the subject, I'm certainly going to do some more research about Tap9 after reading your blog.