Monday, 28 November 2016

Theme song to Records In My Life: Best Tonight

We've been rather slow at promoting songs from our past album Autonomous but I did finally get around to putting a clip together for our song Best Tonight this weekend.  We had footage of us playing it very early on at the Fox Cabaret, as well as a simple camera on a tripod filming us playing it during the past Rock'n'Roll Marathon in East Van this past October.   Also, back last winter we started making a video with Wayne Hoecherl and dance Taya over in N Vancouver but never really put the final touches to it, so I've kinda appropriated the little promo clip Chris Hooper edited for us into this video as well.  The life of a song on video!

Best Tonight has been used as the opening and closing theme music to the series Records In My Life for the past year.  We though it was time to recognize that and put this clip together to share the full song in video format as well!

We present for your Youtube viewing pleasure "BEST TONIGHT."

Edited by Mark Henning
Footage by  Benn McGuire, Mike Love, Wayne Hoecherl, Combine the Victorious
Dancer: Taya
Thanks to all above and the 1000's of runners in the 2016 Rock n Roll Marathon.

Download the song from Bandcamp
or download from iTunes Music Store
or Stream on Spotify

Monday, 21 November 2016

Fashion Show-Live Music Dec 14th at The Fox

We are really excited to be the musical portion of this event, the Isabelle Dunlop Runway Show at the Fox Cabaret.  The night promises to be a blast, with the evening starting off with the fashion show to be closely followed by a showcase set by Combine the Victorious and a full headline set from the brilliant dance band Terrace.  A special shout out must go out to Leigh Grant for joining us on drums at this show.  He's been a true blessing on the kit, adding so much energy and good vibes.  we are really looking forward to this show!

We'll be performing a brand new song at the show, as well as using our fantastic remix of Real Life Turns Me On for the fashion portion.

And of course you can always catch up on all the Combine the Victorious music on Spotify if you're using that service.

We highly recommend you check out the music of Terrace as well, they have a new album with a lot of great material on it!  Here's a new single from the band.

December 14th 2016
The Fox Cabaret
2321 Main Street, Vancouver BC

Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased online here
Here's a link to the Facebook event as well.

Doors at 8PM
Runway Show 8:15
Combine the Victorious 8:45
Terrace 9:45

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Rock n Roll Marathon and Fashion Shows

We were asked to perform again at this year's Rock n Roll Marathon here in Vancouver.  Of course we said yes, because who doesn't love waking up for a Sunday 6:30AM load in to play a cold wet stage in the darkened corners of East Van?  (I only half kid about that.) Yes, we will be blasting our songs out to the thousands and thousands of hearty runners who take part in this half marathon.  It's been fun the last couple years so we're looking forward to it.

Even more importantly we have booked a show at the Fox Cabaret for December 14 2016 as part of a full Boutique Empire evening.  To start the night will be an exclusive Isabelle Dunlop Clothing fashion show, with co-operation from David Briker's store Platform, and Erin Templeton Bags.  The fashion show will be followed by a live performance by Combine the Victorious,  who shall be joined onstage by Leigh Grant on drums, and we shall conclude the evening the band Terrace  with the dance music of Terrace.  It promises to be a wonderful and fun evening.   CV will be celebrating the release of a new single, "What's Goin' On In Your Head?"

Posters and more details to follow.  If you're in Vancouver please keep 12.14.16  open.  It'll be a very great night.

The Fox Cabaret
2321 Main Street
Vancouver, Canada

Wednesday Dec 14th, 2016

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Real Life Turns Me On (Kreap Backroom Orgy Mix)

We are stoked to announce this remix of our song "Real Life Turns Me On."  Produced and mixed by none other than Ben "Kreap" Crea from Melbourne, Australia, this is possible the best track we've ever had the pleasure of being part of.  A disco masterpiece that is now be offered by the fine people of Dance and   Have a listen, have a dance and put it on repeat!  This one is a killer!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

CBC Searchlight 2016

We have entered this year's CBC Searchlight contest and hope you'll give us a click of support.  Voting is only a portion on the rating's system but it always helps to have some audience support.  Plus we are hoping that this contest will extend our listener-base beyond the borders of the  Vancouver area.  Prizes include $50K, Yamaha gear, and flights to the final awards show.  Please have a look/listen and vote!

VOTE for Glasgow by clicking HERE.


Thanks.   We also have an intimate performance coming up at the Isabelle Dunlop Clothing store April20th 2016.  We'll be doing a couple brand new songs that we've been working on this past month.  All part of the Chuk Foto exhibit that is opening than evening,

Apr 20th.  4158 Main St, Vancouver.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Glasgow Live at the Fox Cabaret Video

We are both pleased to present our new video of Glasgow being performed live at the Fox Cabaret.  This is a new arrangement and performance our one of our best songs, and both Isabelle and I are rather excited about how well it's all turned out.

Filmed originally when we were opening for Sex With Strangers at their CD release party at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver, Canada, we'd almost forgot we had this footage until about three weeks ago when I refound the folder I'd put everything into.  I think both of us were surprised at how great it looked and I decided it was worth editing together.  This is our live version, it has a different arrangement with new loops and sounds from the Crumbling Hearts version from 2012.   Because we performed this as a duo, I changed a lot of the tracks and made it entirely electronic, with new loops and way more synths!  I think it works as well as the original, with a somewhat dreamier sound and obviously no guitars.

Produced by Boutique Empire
Videography by Benn McGuire and Mike Love
Editing and post audio by Mark Henning

Performed by Isabelle Dunlop and Mark Henning
Filmed live at the Fox Cabaret, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

listen to the original version here

Monday, 29 February 2016

New Videos coming soon!

We are really excited about a couple new videos that are being made concurrently.  One is still being developed and we're hoping we can secure some grant money to finish it, and the other is almost ready for airing.  So, rather than tease you with details about the former (we will admit it's for our song Best Tonight), we shall let out some information about that latter video: Glasgow (live @FoxCabaret).

A few weeks back Isabelle and I were going through some of our new ideas and I came across a folder containing footage from a live show we had performed at the Fox Cabaret.  When we had a look at it we were both really impressed with how great the raw footage was!  Big thanks once again to Benn McGuire and Mike Love for their great camera work, it was a real treat to rediscover it. 

We'd performed a short opening set that night, only five songs, and Glasgow was right in the middle of the set.   I was inspired enough to take on the task of cutting a new live clip of the song and have almost got it completed now.  It took a lot more work than I'd anticipated as I decided to attempt to learn a few tricks in After Effects to clean up a couple things, as well as create a few more interesting effects for the clip too.  (Thank you to all the wonderful people on Youtube who upload tutorials - I would be completely lost without your help).

The thing I truly enjoyed about this project was working on the live arrangement of the song.  After three years of hearing the original Crumbling Hearts EP version it's kinda cool to listen to this live arrangement.  It starts with a different drum beat and has a lot more keyboards than the Crumbling Hearts version (due to the fact that we have been performing it as a duo these past couple years).  The Live @FoxCabaret version seems a bit more trippy than the original and hopefully even more dancey too.  We'll leave that up to you to decide. 

It will be completed and airing next week, March 7th, so please stay in touch and have a look /listen for it when it's live. 

Cheers!  and here's to a happy spring for all.

Mark and Isabelle

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Radio spot on Roundhouse Radio

Isabelle and I had a great time down at Roundhouse Radio on Tuesday afternoon and are pleased to share our interview.  We discuss music and fashion.  It was a lot of fun and we performed a couple songs acoustically: Glasgow and Brotherhood.   Have a listen, we are both rather pleased with it.

Click the link to jump over to to the interview.