WHO: Slow Nerve Action
WHERE: The Boot
WHEN: Monday, May 7
Working and living under the same roof? Not everyone can say theyd like to share space with co-workers, but the local boys of Slow Nerve Action just dont seem to get on each others nerves. Four of the five members co-habitat a house in Emerald and judging by their laid back reponses, they genuinely like each other.
"Do we want to kill each other?" laughs vocal/guitarist Josh Gontier. "No! No! We get on really well!"
"As far as the creative aspect goes, weve got our own rooms so we can be alone if we want to be alone," adds pianist Ian Lamont. "And its never been a problem coming together to sit down."
Slow Nerve Action with Chris Berry on vocals, Mike Lunt on drums and Benson on bass has been together for less than a year and already shows tremendous career focus. Perhaps its that common goal that allows the guys to carry on so harmoniously.
"Its been my dream since I was a little kid. I think the same goes for everyone," says Lamont. "The first time musicians play together, you can usually tell if theres a connection, and there was with us."
The porn funk band has been aggressively pursuing the Vancouver market, even though they admit the money is much better in Whistler.
"The bucks are up here, but were going for exposure in the city," says Gontier.
Where most twenty-somethings in the resort would be happy to play on the mountains during the day and earn their rent playing in the Whistler clubs at night, Slow Nerve Action spends a lot of time travelling up and down Highway 99. For now the quintet is putting in time in smaller restaurant-style venues in the city, sometimes performing to just a crowd of friends.
"But now and again we get someone who comes up to talk to us after the show and thats always encouraging. If we please one person thats definitely better than nobody," says Lamont.
"Were getting good feedback," says Gontier. "The crowds are starting out small but it looks like it should build nicely."
And their persistence is beginning to pay off. The venues may be small, but Slow Nerve Action consistently averages one gig a week in Whistler and one in the Lower Mainland. They were a last minute addition to Choclairs show at last months World Ski and Snowboard Festival definitely the biggest name theyve opened for, and one of the most enthusiastic crowds.
"And we were treated like royalty," laughs Lamont.
Theyll also be headlining a funk festival in July at Vancouvers Purple Onion. Itll be their first show in the city in a room that size. Slow Nerve Action nabbed the top spot in the main room, which holds about 350 people, with potential for more listeners to drift in and out from the Onions other stages.
SNA has recorded a 10-song demo in Rob DeMarcos Black Tusk studio and is circulating it to management companies. Still no nibbles in that department, but the band does hope to record a few more songs for a full length CD to be released at the end of the month. That will be a big accomplishment in the bands book.
"I think were ahead of schedule," Gontier says. "For a years work, we have 30 solid songs. We dont play any covers. Were pretty tight for a year-old band. We practise four times a week. Were pushing it hard and going for the gusto."