MP3 E-City - Beyond the Dawn
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10 MP3 Songs in this album (53:56) !
Related styles: Rock: Hard Rock, Rock: Surf Rock, Featuring Guitar
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Welcome to E-City,
...a place where everybody can visit and tag along. What does âEâ stand for? You choose. Electric City, Entertainment City, Everybody's City, Eco City, just about any adjective, verb or Noun listed in the âEâ section of a dictionary fills in nicely for the âEâ. This CD has 10 tourist attractions created with you, the visitor in mind. Come see through the eyes of sound.
1. Pages: (4:08) The night life district - proceed at your own peril.
2. Lonesome Midnite Train: (6:30) The below the tracks sector where the rail riders set up camp - check out - from a safe distance - the after dark hobo camp fires and train sounds.
3. Down in the Delta: (5:29) The urban blues bar where city musicians play in the vocabulary of generations removed music, created by the real spiritual Southern Masters - who were actually slaves to the era Plantation property masters - grab a bar stool - listen to the local city boys sing about the legends and places where it all began.
4. Keep the Traffic Movin: (5:42) The cross town roadway system - daytime commuters - night time partiers - always congested - what a waking nightmare - and those speed traps - be careful - watch those road signs.
5. One More Blues: (4:53) The once-green sections of the city that are now being lost forever - due to urban sprawl - some call it progress - some call it insane - true beauty lost while natureâs little creatures are being displaced and attacked again - no words at this site - just listen to that electric guitar do all the talking on this one.
6. Sea of Despair: (6:00) The religious section of town where the faithful citizens come to visit their favorite churches, synagogues, mosques and missions - check out the core architecture especially on the older structures - stunning craftsmanship - open the doors- come inside - there is always a spiritual service taking place - are you ready to be saved?
7. Ridinâ a Wave: (4:56) The original district of town that mixes residential with commercial store fronts, schools and places of worship - this area has seen several face lifts and changes over the years - but the root core is still all there - put on your sneakers and take a walk on the calm side - for a change - this is the spot to get lost in the crowd of friendly faces and places.
8. Canât Blame the Fool: (4:39) The City Hall district - what more can we say - this is the spot where some good and not so good decisions were taken in the past - we have chosen the exact site where a former mayor's statue has been erected - a controversial politician that we have since learned put the citizens to sleep while he lined his and his friends pockets - does your city have such a politician? - we no longer blame these nefarious characters - we blame ourselves for being indifferent, uninformed, lazy and for not voting - can we count on you to be informed and to vote?
9. Blondie: (4:42) The former manufacturing sector of the city where century buildings have now been gutted and converted into multiple residential dwellings including high-ceiling lofts and plenty of artistic charm - a place where todayâs urban couples now co-habitate, where traditional roles have been reversed - the female is highly educated, well employed, financially free - but continues to be a beautiful complex creature - all the while as the male hopelessly tries to maintain a traditional conservative role - this site always displays the continual struggle of such a congenial couple - watch your tongue at this site.
10. Soundtrack: (6:39) The municipal library of the city - this site archives some of the sights-in-sound of the E-City - past and present - take your time at this site - there are plenty of emotions, history and stories in sound to satisfy your own tastes and imagination - quiet please - you are now in the library.
Emerald City is Reunited!
E-City, an ambitious young band based out of Montreal Canada debuted as Emerald City in the early to mid 1970's. E-City has to lay claim to being one of the pioneer Indie bands to hail from Montreal. To take it one step further, E-City appears to be the first Indie band from Montreal to find its home in the underground record world where it lives on to this day. All this transpiring well after the band had unceremoniously disbanded in 1976. More specifically, the only vinyl LP release in 1975 by Emerald City, titled "Waiting for the Dawn", has found longevity in the record world underground. Original copies new and used of "Waiting for the Dawn" which have found their way in to the hands of collectors and dealers, have been known to sell for dollar amounts that substantially exceed what the band ever earned for playing a 3 x fifty minute set gig back in the day. There have been several re-issue vinyl releases of "Waiting for the Dawn" as well as one re-mastered CD including a live era set of the band. Because of this continued interest, as well as new networking possibilities from the invention and evolution of the Internet, E-City has now re-united to record a second record appropriately titled "Beyond the Dawn". Since the mid 1980's Montreal has earned the worldwide reputation of being the center for the development of Indie bands and has been the hot spot for showcasing some of the greatest underground bands known on the planet. Montreal is the genesis for hundreds of incredibly talented, innovative and completely original young Indie bands that have developed the local underground night club circuit that continues to thrive and entertain a worldwide audience to this day. E-City was operating before these times and played the majority of their gigs throughout rural Quebec. Unlike today, there was no underground night club scene to talk about in Montreal in the 70's where young bands could develop their original material in front of an eager receptive audience who actually wanted to hear it. Back then a bar gig required that a band play cover songs of the big name bands of the day somewhat like a live jukebox. The bar owner was always telling the band to turn the volume down. Competing against the room noise of people getting intoxicated and the potential threat of someone in the crowd developing the liquored up strength to rough up a bunch of long hairs, it certainly wasn't an attractive venue for an ambitious young band. It was more of a way to earn a few dollars, that is if the bar owner didn't mysteriously disappear when it came time to get paid after the final set of a tiring week-long gig at his bar. Even more of a downer for a young ambitious band was the idea of not playing original material. After all, if a band was going to find it's very own audience original material was the key to that vault. Therefore, E-City found its audience throughout rural Quebec, playing church halls, school gymnasiums, some rock bars and mini post-Woodstock inspired pop festivals which were held in off-season hockey arenas and outdoor parks, seasons permitting. At these venues E-City could play the cover songs of the bands and artists that they were fans of as well as a mix of their own original material. It was a win-win situation. Yes there was a cross Canada tour in 1974 playing the Colleges and Universities as the opening act for boogie king and blues icon "John Lee Hooker", as well as several Maritime tours and a couple of upstate New York border town shows. The Canadian Maritime Provinces were always a source of great adventures. It was on one of those Maritime tours in 1973 where the boys, who were staying for a few weeks at a rooming house called Decker's in Halifax, crossed paths with a special permanent resident of the rooming house at that time. He was an older musician entertainer. Unbeknown to E-City this older musician (only 35 but of course to teenagers that seems old) was actually Canadian blues icon Dutch Mason. Dutch was rehearsing a new piano player in the basement of the rooming house when the boys arrived. He was very gregarious and immediately established a big brother rapport with the boys and he was not shy to borrow some gear to do a gig at a local Halifax bar that night. The night club was called Sullivan's and Dutch invited the boys to tag along and for Matty to bring his guitar and an amp. Matty was invited on stage for the first song and when it came time for him to solo Dutch went over to his amp and turned all the knobs to 10, the maximum, where they stayed for the rest of the night. Dutch even went so far as to stick his microphone in front of the amp speakers when he wasn't singing in order to obtain the utmost guitar volume. It was so liberating for a young band to experience a grand master at work. Dutch was clearly in total control of every aspect (including the bar owner) of what was always so restrictive for the boys, that dreaded bar gig. When the boys asked Dutch how he gets away with it, Dutch answered without hesitation, "I run up such a high bar tab when I'm not playing here that the only chance that they have in getting paid is to hire me to play". For the next month the boys who stayed at that rooming house and called it home base, traveling to and from their own one-nighters, were introduced to hard living by the best, Dutch Mason. Fortunately for the boys at the end of that wonderful month they had a chance to try straighten out in St. John's, Newfoundland were they were booked for a couple of weeks. They quickly learned that this town was also very unrestrictive when it came to purveyors of marathon partying. The saving grace for the boys was actually meeting and talking to a pair of elderly World War 1 veterans who would on most afternoons come in for a quart of beer at the Bonavista Club where the boys played after night would fall. It was, as they say, a sobering experience to actually see and hear history from actual participants, especially for a band of inner city kids. Apart from some of these specific delicious memories and souvenirs taken from a vast ocean of many more, the crux of E-City's musical existence was developed in rural Quebec. Places like La Sarre, Baie Comeau and Levis were some of the hockey arenas where E-City played on a shared bill of several acts as part of those mini pop festivals. Both French and English singing bands performing on the same stage. Some of the French singing bands from this time and era are still in business today. Rural towns like Val d'Or, Sept Iles, Chandler, Carleton, Amos, Mont Joli, Thurso, Buckingham, Ormstown, Lachute, St. Jovite, Morin Heights, Trios Rivieres, Sherbrooke, to name a few, also saw E-City play the local high school/CEGEP gymnasium or church hall. The majority of rural Quebec back then, as is today, was French speaking and the audiences were never ever remotely offended by an English band entertaining them. There was, as there is today, a sophisticated French recording industry which sells more records per capita than anywhere else on the entire planet. However, E-City was not trying to compete, replace or be part of this Quebec record industry, what an absurd thought that is, the boys were simply an ambitious band eager to play in front of a receptive audience. And all the audiences in rural Quebec were the best audiences a young band could hope to play in front of, even after long hours of driving. The Quebec rural audiences were fully aware of the global rock scene. E-City was always well received by the crowds in the hall as well as all of the rural town's population regardless of their respective age. Without any doubt, E-City was always accepted and made welcome in rural Quebec. This was a very stable time well before linguistic segregation had found its way to the apolitical rock bands. E-City lays claim to being the only pioneer Indie band from Montreal to have developed their style and sound throughout the rural areas of Quebec. More specifically, developing their vocabulary of rock music, English lyrics and all, in front of French speaking audiences. Considering the hostility of recent events in Quebec regarding so called English music, this is a fete that merits recognition. E-City dedicates this latest record, which has been recorded more than three decades after the fact, to all of those generous audiences and friendly towns people of rural Quebec from back in the day. E-city also thanks all of the supporters from places far and wide who have shown a keen interest in the first LP "Waiting for the Dawn". These new songs are also dedicated to all of you. When you listen to these songs please imagine all of the character and style that was developed from being a secondary market road band. An English language road band working in a French speaking rural territory. What a great partnership. These new songs are not re-defining rock/pop music but rather they are a vocabulary of the events detailed in this bio, added to the channels of time that have made them a reality. Enjoy! For more info on E-City, check out Emerald City1975 on MySpace. All of the songs were written & arranged by Matthew Enright, produced by Matthew in collaboration with Billy Szawlowski.
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