David Gogo – July/August 1997

Style: beer-‘n’-smoke-soaked blues
Line-up: David Gogo (guitar, vocals); Rick Hopkins (organ); Dennis Marcenko (bass); Billy Hicks (drums)
Contact: John Hamilton & Associates, 823 W. 20th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1Y3; (604) 879-7773 FAX (604) 879-0245, jhamilton@pop.lynx.bc.ca[Picture] Since parting ways with EMI Music Canada, 28 year-old blues-rocker David Gogo has recorded a CD, Dine Under The Stars, live without overdubs. To date, the whisky-voiced singer-guitarist has sold 4,000 copies independently. Engineered by Rick Salt, Joel Spillette and Shaun McCracken at the Queen’s Hotel in Gogo’s nativeNanaimo, BC, by Island Pacific Studios, the eight-song album features all but one cover. With his band (formerly with Colin James and k.d. lang), the former “whiz kid” who dazzled Stevie Ray Vaughan at age 15 and EMI at age 21, still has the fiery chops to guarantee a long career. From Albert Collins “Don’t Lose Your Cool” to Son House “Death Letter” and B.B. King’s “Sweet Little Angel”, Gogo smokes out these songs like tear gas does an assasin.

The Paper Route – July/August 1997

Style: If pop could rock…
Line-Up: Simon Nixon (guitar; vocals); Brad Maclean (bass, vocals); Cam Maclean (drums)
Contact: SSG Records 124 McGill St., #400, Montreal, PQ, H2Y 2E5 (514) 397-0450 FAX (514) 397-0083, vicenet@total.net[Picture] These transplanted Torontonians have been playing together for aeons, first in Rocktopus (which also featured I Mother Earth bassist Bruce Gordon) and, of late, in Perm. For its alternative project, The Paper Route, the Montreal-based trio snazzily suits-up in blazers, bow and skinny ties, to deliver its bolted-own hard pop. The oft quoted Elvis Costello rockin’ to The Figgs description is uncannily perfect. On The Paper Route’s debut, Go Get It, its rock is a kind that is tight and heavy but doesn’t bleed and rage, while Nixon’s voice has a hoarse-adenoidal character. Production is clean, but still lets the fire through. Truly one of the best indie albums around. The title-track, “Can’t Be Satisfied”, “Clean Me Soapy”, “Children Of The Revolution”, “Come Around”, heck, the whole album, is cool. Produced by Johnson C. and engineered by Howard Bilerman with assistant engineer Eric Shenfield at Mom & Pop Sounds. Distributed by Page Music.

Carlos Morgan – July/August 1997

Style: seductive: use protection
Line-Up: Carlos Morgan (vocals); all instruments played/programmed by Darrin & Tone Z
Contact: Solroc Music, Tracey D. Human, 66 Broadway Ave., #415, Toronto, ON, M4P 1T6 (416) 489-6485 FAX (416) 489-3749[Picture] Winner of the 1997 Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording for Feelin’ Alright, Carlos Morgan’s debut album is still collecting steam like warm bodies in silk sheets. Morgan, who once earned praise from mighty romancer Luther Vandross after a private performance, has a sweet, caressing voice, often prone to acrobatics. The album also features the guest vocals of other on-the-rise Canadian R&B talent like Glenn Lewis, Michelle Brown and Mischke. Produced by Darrin & Tone Z for TazzDab Productions, Toronto-based artist sings soulfully over upbeat thumping grooves on the single “Baby C’mon”, which has helped propel sales beyond 3,000 copies. And while he swings with the funk on “Don’t Let This Thing Slide” and the new single “Give It To You”, he’s just as capable of dimming the lights on “Forever For You” and “Feelin’ Alright”. Three of the strongest songs – the power and soul of “What I’ve Done To You”, the perfect ballad “When 2 Become 1” and vibe-heavy hip-hop soul of “Freak It With Me” – demonstrate Morgan’s diversity within the R&B genre. In all, Feelin’ Alright is a steamy debut from a world class artist.