Shoot The Image Show Review – April 20 2011 The Painted Lady Toronto ON


Shoot The Image – Benefit Show for Jason Woods

Show Date:  April 20, 2011

Posted on:  May 24, 2011

Toronto ON @ The Painted Lady

by Jade Sperry

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Jason Wood's Benefit show. Photo by Jade Sperry.

First off, I want to tell you that I would have written this review sooner had it not been for my health issues that relate to the job I am currently working.

Secondly, this was an acoustic show by three bands, two of which I caught on camera – The Fast Romantics and Shoot The Image. The first band was Hayley Gene (of the band Tuzo and which I only caught the last 15 or 20 minutes of their set which was good nonetheless).

This was a benefit show with a “pay what you can at the door” for Jason Woods. Jason was sidelined with a bad foot injury which prevented him from working and supporting his young family. The band members of Shoot The Image put together this benefit show for him.

The Fast Romantics. Photo by Jade Sperry.

This show was brilliant. The Fast Romantics were up second and did a casual acoustic set. After some minor sound issues were resolved they played a seven song set which included “Cool Kids”, “Union Park” and “Last Night” which were played with a hint of mellowness and a lot of energy. There was a lot of love in the room for Jason.

Shoot The Image took the stage next and although three band members could not be there to play due to conflicting schedules, it was the main duo who brought it home for Jason. Starting with acoustic versions of “Fortified” and “Lithograph” they sang a few covers and finished with a rousing group of friends onstage singing “Stand By Me” which fit the theme of the evening perfectly! And the best part of this night was —- raising $2200.00 for this event and a big thank you to all who attended and donated. It goes to very good people.

Shoot The Image's main dynamic duo. Photo by Jade Sperry.

Shoot The Image are playing a benefit show (Pop With Brains) at The Rivoli this Friday May 27. If you visit the bands’ website you can find out where they are playing shows as well as listening to their music.

Thanks so much to EVERYONE in the Shoot The Image realm – you all made me feel very welcome. It’s a rare thing when you go somewhere far away and meet total strangers who become friends. Bonzai to you all and thank you again!

Jason Woods in the green jacket. Dude you rock! Photo by Jade Sperry.

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CD Review – Shoot The Image – Cranes In The City


CD Review – Shoot The Image – Cranes In The City
Release Date: April 15, 2011

by Jade Sperry
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In a previous January 2011 posting, I did a review of 2 songs that are on this CD as well as give background on the band and where they recorded the CD. Rather than recount that information again, I’d like to focus on the music that this band creates. Going out on a limb, I can see this band becoming as huge as Metric is right now.

CD cover for Cranes In The City. Photo courtesy of the band.

This CD is absolutely brilliant. Everything about it – from the performances by all band members, the quality of the production of every song and the mixing/mastering – is by far the best I’ve heard by any band in recent years. These songs are polished and shine like gems in the murky and vast world of Independent Music. One thing I really like about this band and the music is that they have presented music that is fully ready to go – on tour, on tv, videos, interviews – you name it. A complete package. This indicates foresight by the band during most of 2010 and it will pay off handsomely in 2011 and beyond.

Overall, the music is powerful, image-conscious, melodic, trippy and a has the tightest rhythm section that insistently invites you to get up and dance. All of the songs flow seamlessly into one another and tell a story as seen by two people who live together and watch their family, friends, and the world, go by.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Fortified
2. Loveless
3. Crane
4. Vagabond
5. Lithograph
6. Encore
7. Dior
8. Reykjavik
9. Foundations
10. Sightlines

Every song holds a story of some type – whether it’s literal or imagined – and the structure of each song is well crafted and executed which makes it sound that it easily comes together. “Reykjavik” speaks of life in a hard place and how one imagines to escape it. “Vagabond” sounds to me like a man wrestling with his preconceived notion that he “just can’t get it right”. “Loveless” seems to speak of a person wrestling internally with dark feelings that if acted upon could result in the death of one soul. “Crane” is the kind of emotional damage that one person’s secrets can affect another person that potentially could happen when the realization sets in. “Encore” evokes the mystical feeling about being a phoenix and rising from the ashes of your past. Make a clean break and move on. “Dior” is essentially about achieving your goals or dreams in an unconventional way that quite likely is against the norm. “Foundations” is could be loosely based on family/friends and their relations that don’t go so well in the past that make you come to the realization of it in the moment – and then remembering that at some future point in time. “Sightlines” sounds like a frozen picture painted on canvas which depicts someone wanting and succeeding in breaking free of whatever holds them down.

Press photo for the Toronto band Shoot The Image.

Overall, there is something here that anyone can relate in one or another. Universal translations of music can go a long way when its based on events that someone sees or experiences first hand, but also by word of mouth. Shoot The Image have a “vast” feeling about their music that is intense and I believe it’s because they have very solid and strong story-telling skills. I can’t wait for you to hear this band’s music!

This writer will be attending Shoot The Image’s CD release show in Toronto ON at Wrong Bar on April 15, 2011. Doors are at 9pm and the show starts at 10pm. I would highly recommend that you come to this show as the opening bands are The Fast Romantics and Secret Broadcast. This is going to be a fun night of awesome music and if you miss it, you’ll be the ones to say “I could’ve been there but…”.

The band have just launched their website and the link is up at the top of the article. I hope to see you at the show if you live in the Toronto area!

Video for “Lithograph”

Lithograph – Shoot The Image from Olaf Blomerus on Vimeo.

Shoot The Image – Emerging new Toronto band with killer music…


Shoot The Image – Cranes In the City – The Singles

Release Date – April 2011

by Jade Sperry

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Shoot The Image are a brand spanking new band out of Toronto, ON. Their two song preview for the CD Cranes In The City shows a ton of promise. And their background is just as promising as well as intriguing. The band has 2 lead singers/keyboardists/guitar players. As to the identity of the band members, no one knows…yet.

Their story begins on MySpace where they met Boz Boorer (British guitarist and producer who founded The Polecats and is a co-writer, guitarist and musical director with Morrissey). After sending him various recommendations for bands and films, they ended up talking back and forth for a year. The band booked a show at the 12 Bar Club in London, UK, and invited him come. To the band’s surprise, he showed up. After a few pints they hit it off and he invited them to record in his studio in Portugal (Serra Vista Studio). Boorer has worked with the likes of Adam Ant, Jools Holland and Shillelagh Sisters. He recorded the Portugal garage/blues/rock band The Murdering Tripping Blues in this studio over the summer in 2010.

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Details of the name of the female singer (or any band member) is scarce.  All I know is that she is an Urban Planner by day. She has never played in any band to date. After a drunken night out in 2009, she spontaneously broke out into Nina Simone’s song “My Baby Just Cares For Me” at an afterparty which is what started Shoot The Image. They immediately bought an Mbox, learned how to use Pro-Tools and began to record for six months – ten hours a day, 5 days a week – in preparation for Serra Vista Studios.

All members in Shoot The Image agree that Serra Vista Studios is by far the most amazing studio experience they have ever had together or individually. It’s more of a villa and recording complex deep in the mountains of Portugal. Boz’s wife, Lyn, also helps to run the studio. There is no cell phone or internet service and they recorded basically fifteen hours a day for three weeks. Boz totally understood how to get the best out of them and the band says “it was amazing to work with a producer of his caliber”.

As their bio states:

The days were long but laid back and fun. We laughed….a lot, ate amazing food, drank an enormous amount of wine and beer, and only had the TV on once to watch “Flight of the Concords” on DVD on our last night there.” Sounds more like bliss to this writer.

Boz and Lyn have created the studio as a vacation spot (and its literally a paradise) and as a space for Independent or new artists/bands to record at. And the best thing is that they don’t have to do any of this! Their mutual love of music and excitement for new songs lead them to do this. They give new and emerging musicians an opportunity that otherwise would be totally impossible.

In the video department of this band, they have a working production house with all the gear and have confirmed several directors to record a video for every song on Cranes In The City. One of those directors is from Vancouver – Olaf Blomerus, who will be shooting the video to the song “Lithograph”. Olaf has worked with Crimes of Paris who are also a Toronto based band. This is a big undertaking but is unique in its vision. I am intrigued to see how the music is interpreted to a visual form.

Getting onto the music side of things, the two tracks are very upbeat, funky and are overall brilliant songs. They are original through and through. “Fortified” has a steady funky beat with the rhythm section. The guitars come into the bridge and chorus and leave the rhythm section to deal with the versus. The melody is seamless and flows very well under all the layers of the others. And the keys are used subtly in the middle layers of the song. The bands’ 2 singers take on the song and the rhetoric is between the thoughts of a woman who is perhaps unhappy in a current relationship and muses about having affairs with other men, the male singer, who sings “i’m just what you’re needing/ I am the wicked son of an honest man”. That’s powerful imagery which comes to mind in just two lines of the full song! Emotions are not easy to get across to a listener. The second song “Lithograph” has a very catchy beginning with the keyboards which mixes rather well with the rhythmic beating of the drum, the smooth but funky bass line and the vocals. All these sounds weave almost a magical quality to this song that makes you want to get up and dance. Although slightly forlorn in the way the vocals sing, it has a line that says “don’t shoot me/don’t shoot me/don’t shoot me/down”, which can be taken in many ways, emotionally or otherwise. When this CD is in the hands of this writer, it will be the second top priority (after working my day job) to listen to the music and ponder its meaning to the listener.

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