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BeatRoute Magazine BC Print Edition February 2018

BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly arts and entertainment paper with a predominant focus on music – local, independent or otherwise. The paper started in June 2004 and continues to provide a healthy dose of perversity while exercising rock ‘n’ roll ethics. Currently BeatRoute’s AB edition is distributed in Calgary, Edmonton (by S*A*R*G*E), Banff and Canmore. The BC edition is distributed in Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. BeatRoute (AB) Mission PO 23045 Calgary, AB T2S 3A8 E. BeatRoute (BC) #202 – 2405 E Hastings Vancouver, BC V5K 1Y8 P. 778-888-1120


BPM NOBLE OAK TAKING THE RHODES LESS TRAVELLED ALAN RANTA CLUBLAND GO OUT AND GET SOME ALAN RANTA Patrick Fiore is bringing Collapsing Together home. Oak is a word that is synonymous with enduring quality and integrity. Put “noble” in front of it, and you’ve got yourself something even greater, Canadian synth-pop producer and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Fiore. Literally speaking, Noble Oak is a rough translation of his real name; Patrick represents noble in Ireland while Fiore is Italian for flower. Born in Vancouver, Fiore ended up making the obligatory move to Toronto for financial reasons. He would end up spending two and a half years there, working for a company that no longer exists, before returning to the inspirationally mountainous and oceanic visual stimuli of British Columbia. “It was pretty good,” Fiore remembers of Toronto. “I obviously missed a lot of my friends back home, but it allowed me to enter into a different mind-state to write different music. I missed the West Coast a lot, the inspiration I get here, which is very different than the inspiration I got there. It’s part of the environment that you’re in and the places you get to visit really push songs out of a person.” Fiore has been riding high on the hype machine for past few years, on the back of a handful of EPs building through his 2015 debut album, Past Life, to his most recent full-length opus, 2017’s Collapsing Together, earning favorable comparisons to the likes of Tycho and Ulrich Schnauss along the way, but his journey started long ago. While Fiore had studied piano since the age of seven, going on to churn out a solid decade of experience writing solo piano and symphonic pieces, the lineage of the Noble Oak project can be more or less traced back to the serendipitous moment that a friend lent him a Fender Rhodes electric piano. “Not only did I get [the Rhodes] for a long time for free, eventually I bought it off him, but it was a sound I’d only ever heard synthesized before,” recalls Fiore. “To finally have access to one that was the real deal, it sounded so warm and vibrant that I just had to do something with it. It was calling out… It inspired a whole range of sounds I’d never even thought of before.” 24 While the Rhodes was a heavy focus on early Noble Oak recordings, it only appears in the fringes of Collapsing Together. On this record, it plays more of a textural role alongside the piano, acoustic guitar, Telecaster, and synthesizers, in particular the OB-6, a six-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer that was beautifully designed by Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim in a rare collaboration. As a result, the body of his downtempo synth-pop tracks have become thicker and more robust, while cosmically feeding off of personal influences both new and old, informed by everything from Steely Dan, Enya, Bee Gees, Ravel and Enigma to Nosaj Thing, Boards of Canada, Horizon Fire and Vondelpark. “Enya was the first artist I really liked as a kid,” Fiore reminisces. “Some people say that’s a strange choice, but the layeredness of the vocals really left an impression on me, and it’s something that I go back to very often.” Noble Oak is always pushing forward, though. If he’s not out skiing, what he refers to as a form of therapy, music is Fiore’s primary priority. He dedicates the great majority of his non-dayjob time to perfecting his worthy craft, composing music and practicing the piano to get back into tip-top game shape. With a renewed live band, a heaping helping of new songs to play, and freshly designed visuals to display on a big screen, Fiore is stoked to bring it all down to one of his favorite hometown venues, the Fox Cabaret. “I love that it’s a really large, high ceiling space, and the sound system they’ve managed to acquire for it is extremely robust,” praises Fiore. “The cavernousness of the room is offset by a few of the baffles, so it’s boomy but it’s not too echoey. It’s perfect for performing; it’s not too low of a ceiling so that the sound gets compressed and people get uncomfortable, but it’s also not too concrete of an echo chamber that it’s hard to hear the music. It’s a nice balance of the two.” Noble Oak floats into the Fox Cabaret (Vancouver) on February 16. Valentine’s Day? Are you shitting me? I can’t afford chocolate and flowers. I’m a music writer living in Vancouver. I shouldn’t even exist. Soon, I probably won’t. However, if you are one of the few upper-lower class BeatRoute readers out there with the means to splurge on such meaningless Hallmark holidays, perhaps you might consider throwing some concert tickets in your bouquet. Trippy Turtle Feb. 09 @ Fortune Celebrate VD early with Norwegian producer Peder Losnegård. He wouldn’t let the likes of Crazy Frog and Hampton the Hampster go unchallenged, so he cosmically dosed a testudines reptile with electro-house for your amusement. (FYI: no animals were harmed in the writing of this blurb.) Zion I + Gift of Gab Feb. 24 @ Biltmore In one corner is Gift of Gab, the immeasurably talented, larger-than-life, cerebral word slinger of Blackalicious fame. In the other is Zion I, long-time independent hip-hop duo and frequent collaborators with The Grouch, among others. Put them on a bill together, and treat your mind, body and soul. Bradley Zero Feb. 24 @ Beaumont Studios Where so many producers are motivated by sex, drugs and money, UK producer and record digger Bradley Zero Phillip gets his primary payoff from delivering catharsis through dance. As a Boiler Room original and smoothness selecta for many a different frequency, he always makes it happen. BROCKHAMPTON Feb. 26 @ Vogue Formerly known as AliveSinceForever, California-based alternative R&B/hip-hop collective BROCKHAMPTON is renowned as the Internet’s first boy band… or so the Internet would have you believe. Black Loops Mar. 03 @ Open Studios Under the name of Black Loops, Italian producer Riccardo Paffetti puts a funky twist on German techno and Italian house. It’s pure ear candy. Plus, local legend Max Ulis is opening for him, and he never disappoints. Bradley Zero February 2018

BPM 1800HAIGHTSTREET DIGGING DEEP TO BRING IT LIVE MITCH RAY The Vancouver-based duo has put out 10 hours of music in the last year alone. “You have to dig,” says Zach Treble, who, along with friend and collaborator Hunter Cheveldave, comprise the Vancouver-based techno outfit 1800HaightStreet. He may be referring to one’s ability to find the gems when listening to a particular genre of music, but it’s a line that’s indicative of the duo’s mentality, one that displays an uncompromising standard of quality control and an obsessive work ethic that brings it to life. It’s this approach that has enabled them to create 10 hours of music within the last year (and that’s the finished product, not including all that’s been left on the cutting room floor). They’re also equipped with a two-hour live set of new original material, none of which has been featured on any of their previous six releases. “I’d like to put out 10 records a year, if I could,” claims Treble. However, as is the plight of many a modern musician, time is at a relative premium due to job commitments and other obligations. Still, they’ve managed to benefit from the dynamic of being a duo rather than an ensemble band, which is a background they both share as former members of various bands in Vancouver. Unburdened by the individual motivations and moods of a big bunch of people, their greater grasp of creative control and accountability, along with the ability to get their music down quicker, has helped them achieve their prolific output. There seems to be no qualms between Treble and Cheveldave. Playing in bands together along with their electronic project, they have been digging for six years now. With a respectful nod to their predecessors, the duo is set on doing their own thing, while continuing to build on their stellar reputation and the positive press that has come with it. Although they do value a good review, Treble insists they “put the most stock on seeing how things go off” in a live setting. “I just make the music I want to hear,” Treble says, and it seems that more and more people are starting to dig for it too. 1800HaightStreet play Vancouver Art and Leisure 494 Railway St. on February 17, along with Lobster Theremin labelmates D.Dan and Minimal Violence. February 2018 25

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