Local Talent

After local band Crimes in Paris rocked their mustaches and instruments for the Ale House Movember Party this past Saturday, I talked with their bassist Rudy Olsson about highlighting them on Limelight. Here's their lowdown:

Band Members:
Rayce Veitch: Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Stuart Miller: Lead Guitar
Rudy Olsson: Bass
Zach Giannotti: Percussion

What's the story behind your band's name?

Stolen from an Elvis Costello song (and tweaked to avoid any sort of conflict), Crimes in Paris sounded completely reasonable.

Where and how did you originate?

From Muskoka, Ontario, we came together in the eighth grade to play a talent show at our elementary school. And after 10 years of playing talent shows, coffee houses, and totally devastating supernova sets in and around the Muskoka and Simcoe regions, we decided to relocate ourselves to Kingston.

Are you all Queen's students?

Two of us have graduated from Queen’s with a Biology and LifeSci/Phe degree respectively. Of the other two members, one is still attending Queen’s in music, and the other, just recently graduated from Guelph University with a business degree.

What are some of your main influences?

Our influences range anywhere from punk, to folk, electro/house and 60’s brit-rock. The Beatles, Ben Folds, the Kooks, Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead, and Joe Jackson are pretty influential artists.

How would you describe your sound?

Melodically driven music, written acoustically and carefully molded into a full-band dynamic sound with the rare feeling of a well-written song.

Do you have any bands that you'd like to promote, other than your own?

Winhara is a band located in Toronto; they’re friends of ours from Muskoka, as well as Queen’s Alumni. www.myspace.com/winhara

If Crimes In Paris could have any present, collectively, for Christmas, what would it be?

$30,000 to pay for our upcoming album costs.

Dream venue to play in?

Wembley Stadium in England, where many of our favourite artists have performed.

What are your plans for a demo/record/performance schedule?

We have been recording at MetalWorks Studio in Mississauga since August, working on our debut album set for release in March 2010. We have an upcoming show on Thursday, Dec. 3rd at Elixir nightclub, and our set starts at 10:30 PM.

Can we expect you to pursue music post-grad?

Yes

Their Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CRIMES-IN-PARIS/118292194678?ref=search&sid=1657350051.1300878694..1
Their MySpace: www.myspace.com/crimesinparis

Next Show: Thursday, Dec. 3 at Elixir

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