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18 | MARCH 2018 • BEATROUTE
ROCKPILE TEN MINUTE DETOUR when you come to the fork in the road...take it! Ten Minute Detour explores seven deadly songs on Common Pleasure. Time flies when you’re 93, or at least that’s were really starting to take shape for the busy what the youngsters behind Calgary’s Ten group who released their full-length debut, Minute Detour discovered along the way to Lay It Down, with the distinctive single “Four delivering their rockin’ new album, Common Papers” preceding its 2015 launch. For Shier Pleasure. According to the band’s lead singer, and his companions, that tangible accomplishment signified that they were headed in Andrew Shier, it was the irrepressible gumption of his grandmother who moved him to the right direction. pen the song “Betty” in honour of her love of “I think we’ve definitely locked in the music and dance. sound with the band we have. We don’t really “I wrote that song as more of a flamenco like to follow a formula,” says Shier, who also number on my guitar. It’s named after my plays rhythm guitar. grandmother Betty. The last time I saw her “It’s weird; we’ve never really sat down and and I put on an 8-track cassette of music written an album. It’s more a case of finding by her father who was a musician and band that we had 10 to 15 songs ready to go and leader in the ‘40s in Barrie, Ontario. She just having to handpick which ones were going to started dancing, she was crying and acting like wind up on the album.” a child again, and it was super emotional for That’s where a good second opinion is both of us. So, that inspired me to write that worth its weight in gold. Fortunately, Ten rock and roll flashback.” Minute Detour was wise enough to take the Betty’s affection for music that makes you fork in the road that took them directly to want to get up and shake it has definitely Nashville where they opted to lay down the rubbed off on Shier, who originally formed tunes for their forthcoming LP, Common Pleasure, with the oversight of professional music Ten Minute Detour back in 2013. Supported in his artistic aspirations by bassist Mike producer Lincoln Parish. Stokes, guitarist Jordan MacNeil and drummer “Lincoln definitely helped us a lot and Ross Watson, the intrepid singer-songwriter pointed us towards the stronger songs. He pushed the project into motion quickly generating their first three-song EP. By 2014, things he started producing other artists. We was the guitarist for Cage the Elephant before took BY CHRISTINE LEONARD his feedback and went down to Nashville to work on those songs. We planned on recording six tracks, but found ourselves with two days extra, just cuz we were flying through our sessions. So, we decided to do one more song and hashed it out right there the same day. And, honestly it’s our favourite song on the album, “Poli Shore.” It’s a super energetic, thrashy, punky, rock song and after it was all said and done it had this awesome throbbing energy.” Translating that same sense of fun and intensity from studio to stage is definitely Ten Minute Detour’s strong suit. Moreover, the dancefloor-packing action is further improved when multi-instrumentalist Rhys Lintern is able to join the line-up to add his versatile talents to their pop-punk-meets-Grand-Ole- Opry melting pot. “While the rest of us have all been there since beginning, our keyboardist and percussionist, Rhys, is actually an Australian that I met while I was at work. His visa has expired, but he’s flying back for the tour, which is really nice for us,” Shier reports of the band’s shifting line-up and the flexibility it brings. Poised to introduce Common Pleasure to fans of all ages later this month, a nostalgic Ten Minute Detour can’t help but to pause and reflect on the path that led them to this point in their burgeoning musical careers, and wonder what surprises the future might hold. “Looking back, our first album was fouron-the floor garage rock, but for this one we wanted a broader spectrum of sound. Something fuller and a little more produced than what we had before,” he explains. “Every one of the songs on the new album is experiential and yet very relatable. For some they may be pleasures and for some not so much. It’s seven different themes under one rock and roll umbrella. There’s a little indie pop, some R&B and hip-hop, there’s a Southern jam; it’s a blend. Live performance is always our main focus and that’s probably why all seven songs are energetic songs that really engage people. Having said that, I would like to do some slower more emotional songs on our next album. But, at this point it’s all about rocking out: there’s nothing slow about it. Common Pleasure? It’s just something you’ll wanna put on if you’re ready to go!” Ten Minute Detour release their new album Common Pleasure with The Varmoors and Flood Plain on March 17 at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club [Calgary]. Upcoming Events E-GAMING ROCKPILE BEATROUTE • MARCH 2018 | 19 FRI 03.02 WED 03.06 WED 03.07 THU 03.08 FRI 03.09 TUE 03.13 WED 03.14 FRI 03.16 WED 03.21 WED 03.28 THU 04.12 SAT 04.21 SAT 04.28 WED 05.02 SAT 05.12 ATTICA RIOTS SECRETS & PICTURESQUE BUSTY & THE BASS THE DEARS TRIVIA: SPORTS ST. PADDY’S DAY EVE OPEN MIC NIGHT KARAOKE ELECTRIC SIX FEVER FEEL DONOVAN WOODS BORN RUFFIANS TESSERAC T