A statement from Cyphier
How do you thank everyone in the world? That’s the question that has been rolling around in my brain this past week.
It was a year ago on Sept. 30th that we initially announced the Cyphier project, and started working on Overthought. It was humbling when 100 people liked our Facebook page, and 10 people came out to see us play.
Now I look back on the last year and am absolutely overwhelmed by the love and support that we’ve received from family, friends, and you, the fans. So many memories in such a short period of time–it’s truly an amazing experience.
When we started this our local market branded us as “unique and original, not knowing where to put us. We received statements like, “we need a band, not that thing you do”, which honestly made me more angry than anything else. See, it is a conservative town and we are definitely not a conservative band. But that was then…
Let’s fast forward to May of last year when we decided to take a little tour of the east coast, still small enough that we were not overwhelmed with love. That has changed due to this tour–it’s amazing what people see when you come home from a tour. Suddenly people are like you should play here…the same people that previously made the above statements.
Just remember, my friends, there are some diseases out there that can’t be vaccinated. With that, I have to sadly announce that Cyphier…is making more music for your earholes…coming soon, “Hand grenade” the next in the line of infections from Cyphier’s bio warfare unit, due out Nov. 25th.
Back alley behind the Nocturne club in Toronto. Everything’s been sound checked. I am slipping from “work mode” into “game mode”, where I breathe in the intangible persona of performance, hold it. I’m ready for this.
The difference between now and last October when we recorded “Overthought” makes a year ago seem like a distant memory. We went from a simple idea to building a sound, an idea. We wouldn’t have realized how quickly our proof-of-concept evolved into a unique, on-going collaboration. Ideas fired across the Internet at a rapid pace. (We get odd looks when we mention that we were never in the studio together during the writing process for “Overthought”, but that’s technology for you.)
At some point, we decided that if we were going to become a serious project, we needed to take the message behind “Overthought” live. We found a spot. The technology fell apart. We regrouped and played another show at the same spot. Everything fell into place.
Like Mike mentioned in his statement, to say we weren’t exactly accepted in a hometown that shoves everyone else to the side for cover bands, punk/rock and country music. We were in the local “other” category. The industrial scene in London had been all but killed off years before. In our formative live shows, we met several experimental and electronic musicians who are incredibly talented but had no space to call “home” for their music. The statements “we only have two people in the band” and “we don’t use drums or guitars” were diplomatically ridiculed (“We need a band, not that….thing you do” is actually a quote verbatim from a local promoter.)
You might say we were seen as a virus in the London music scene. We have no problem with this role. Challenge accepted.
However, statements like “you’re not a real band” didn’t make us lose confidence in what we do. We began to speak to other bands and promoters in the Maritimes. We sent them our music, expecting similar questions. Instead, we were welcomed to come play shows with open arms. Our first show on the resulting 2-week-plus tour out East saw us on a path to making an unbelievable number of friends, both in the bands we performed with and many other people.
At our first show in St. Stephens, I was talking to someone outside of the club after our set. She thanked us for playing there and stated that electronic bands never come to play in that town. The end of the tour saw us play a three day heavy metal festival outside of Fredericton. To say that we felt a little out of place would be an understatement. Instead, we were treated as equals by the other bands, and received a lot of compliments on our performance by the end of the festival.
We had the good fortune of spending the off-time of the tour in the company of Panda Bee Catastrophe, whose lead singer Sarah McAdams let us stay at her home in Fredericton for the duration of the tour. I don’t believe we have thanked them all enough yet.
Inevitably, we had to make the 15 hour drive back home. It truly is amazing what happens in London when you add out-of-town shows and tours to your band resume. We’ve started to play more shows, and get paid reasonably for them (I can rant about original bands performing for free, but I’ll save that for another day.) But more importantly to us is being able to share “that thing we do” with our ever-increasing fans, and gaining the respect of people who wouldn’t ordinarily listen to our style of music is an amazing, astounding feeling.
To the present day. We are working on a few new songs for an EP to release in November, at our London show. At that show we are bringing bands from out of town to help us put on what promises to be one hell of a show. We are pushing outward, driving further and further to perform (western Canada, we’re trying!)
A year ago, if you had told me that I would have made so many friends, seen so many new places, talked to so many fans, in the short space of one year—my ever-so-slightly-younger self would probably laughed in disbelief. And I have all of you to thank for an amazing year.
Oh, and “that thing we do”? Just you wait, Henry Higgins….just you wait.