Tuesday, 4 August 2020

New Music coming soon - and a demo!

Isabelle and I have been writing new songs for the past several months and we have studio time booked this coming weekend at the wonderful Hipposonic Studio here in Vancouver. I've asked several drummer friends to help us out with their talents and help record bed tracks for probably five songs (or more depending on how well things work out). Among the new tracks we will be tracking drums in the studio for the song below. We wrote it this summer after a fun night in the jam space, it was kind of a laugh at first but the song kept getting better. Then Isabelle shared with me a CFOX Summer Song Contest that we figured we should apply for (more news on the that later).

I know I should wait to see if we are accepted through the first round of judging but I'm rather excited about this track and though we could see who was listening by just sharing it on our blog (which I confess I have been terrible at updating much lately). So, if you have a few minutes please check out our song called "Canada" and let us know what you think of the demo. The video was made in just a couple hours so we could apply for the contest, so it's a very basic "studio performance" kind of thing. I hope the song comes through in its more basement studio form.

We had fun writing this one, and special thanks to our housemate Adam Bailie for his verse in the song and his full on Toronto Maple Leafs appearance!





Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Combine The Victorious (Pt 2) - Isabelle & Mark Perform a New Song Plus...

We performed 5 of our songs on the Isolation sessions of Onstage Live hosted by local celebrity Fiona Forbes yesterday. It was a real pleasure to play hope you enjoy!
Stay safe and healthy,
big hugs from Vancouver
Mark and Isabelle

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Embrace (piano version)

Well, Isabelle and I have been self isolating for the past month as most of the world seems to have been, and to keep ourselves feeling good we've maintained our rehearsals and writing sessions. In the course of having a month to ourselves I figured I should attempt to tune up the old Baldwin upright piano that I inherited from dearly missed friend Todd Simko many years ago. As I went about tuning the piano it occurred to me that we should revisit some of our early material again. This song, Embrace, was a favorite of ours from the debut Combine the Victorious album The World Over. The album version, which came out in 2007, is a much bigger production with a full band accompaniment and a rather epic crescendo at the peak of the song. We opted for a simpler and more direct approach with this video, something that could be pulled off with only a single piano and our vocals.

Last night we set up a camera, a microphone and a light and tried our hand at this song again. It took us a few takes but we found it again and I think the results are quite pleasing!

Thanks for checking it out!

Mark (and Isabelle)


Friday, 3 April 2020

Combine appear on Onstage with Fiona Forbes

Earlier this week Isabelle and I had an interview with Fiona Forbes (the former host of Shaw's cable show Urban Rush) on her new series "Onstage." The irony here is of course we are all in isolation due to the Covid 19 virus so the onstage portion has changed significantly. Our appearance is about 8 minutes into the show where we chat with Fiona about what's been going on and how we are coping with the shutdown. After that we have a two song live performance from our basement where we play the songs The Bolsheviks and Glasgow. It was a lot of fun to do and seems to be the way forward for the next month or so for all of us!  Please have a look and let us know what you think.

Mark and Isabelle


Friday, 3 January 2020

Benefit Gig - Feb 21 2020

Just a quick note to state we will be performing as part of a benefit for the West Moberly First Nations on February 21st at the Russian Hall here in Vancouver. This benefit concert is intended to raise money and awareness surrounding the displacement of the first nations by the construction and land clearing of the Site C hydro dam. More info to follow!