Annihilator’s bizarre path in metal has given Jeff Waters “the funnest job in the world”

By Steve Newton When Jeff Waters picks up the phone at his home in Ottawa to talk about his metal band, Annihilator, and plug its upcoming (June 15) show at Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre, I remind him that we go way back. I last interviewed him in 1990, just after Annihilator had released its second album, … Continue reading Annihilator’s bizarre path in metal has given Jeff Waters “the funnest job in the world”

Sue Foley teams with Colin Linden to kick ass on Where the Action Is

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 29, 2002 By Steve Newton Ottawa-based blueswoman Sue Foley recorded her Juno Award–winning 2000 CD, the Colin Linden–produced Love Comin’ Down, in Kingston, Ontario, but travelled down to New Orleans to mix it. On her new album, Where the Action Is, she went full-on with the southern treatment, … Continue reading Sue Foley teams with Colin Linden to kick ass on Where the Action Is

Sue Foley thinks Memphis Minnie was like the female Robert Johnson

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 19, 2001 When she was just 21 years old, Ottawa native Sue Foley moved to Austin, Texas, to be where a promising blues artist oughta be. She made her mark down there, being taken under the wing of local blues mogul Clifford Antone, playing her butt off with … Continue reading Sue Foley thinks Memphis Minnie was like the female Robert Johnson

Punchbuggy’s indie status makes $100 speeding tickets hard to take

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 10, 1996 It’s times like this—when Punchbuggy’s Jim Bryson calls from the chilly wastelands of Saskatchewan—that I feel good about being an observer of rock instead of a participant. I’m cosy at home while he’s shivering at the side of the Trans-Canada Highway, the intermittent swoosh of passing … Continue reading Punchbuggy’s indie status makes $100 speeding tickets hard to take

Cosmic encounters inspire Locoweed’s Scott Towaij to get a message out

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 2, 1995 Vancouver’s homegrown talent pool has never been stronger than it is right now, but there’s a lot to be said for musicians who bring their talent here from other places, too. The most prominent transplants to Vancouver are folks such as Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, and … Continue reading Cosmic encounters inspire Locoweed’s Scott Towaij to get a message out

Ottawa’s Fun for Malakaï doesn’t abide by any songwriting rules

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 10, 1993 Although it was based on a riveting short story, Stephen King’s Children of the Corn was quite possibly the worst film of 1984, one that could have buried the careers of stars Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton. The only memorable thing about the film was the … Continue reading Ottawa’s Fun for Malakaï doesn’t abide by any songwriting rules