The beat goes on with Toronto outfit
Who: New Deal
When: April 12 at GLC
When: April 13, 3- 6 p.m., at the WSSF mainstage
Does the musician life get much better?
Bassist Dan Kurtz of the New Deal doesnt think so.
Kurtz spent his 30th birthday playing on tour with Herbie Hancock, whom he calls "a very mellow, cool guy." The New Deal opened for Hancock during a series of shows.
"I remember reading about singers in music magazines like Rolling Stone where it would say Bono, 32 and thought to myself god, that guy looks so old!" he laughs.
"Age 30 feels just like the beginning, and weve got a long way to go before the band feels like its getting old, or were tired."
The band liked that jazzmeister Hancock was doing something new for audiences.
"Herbie was making a point of doing something more avante, playing with kings of dub and electronica."
With the combination of Hancocks new musical vein, accompanied by the New Deal sound, a younger audience was attracted to the shows.
The New Deal played the Hancock tour across major American cities, including New York and Chicagos famed House of Blues.
"The room is impressive-looking, with different balcony levels and gilded finishings and paintings everywhere. It has a Louis XIV kind of feel, and the shape of the building (is akin to) the style of older architecture you can see in and around Chicago venues."
Touring, touring, touring.
"There can be a little stress when you only get four minutes to do a sound check when youre opening for another band. But we put full trust in our sound guy Kevin. We havent had a show yet that sucked!" he exclaims.
Kurtz says New Deal drummer Darren Shearer tends to set the pace for their shows, but that the trio always communicates with each other and the crowd.
"Theres a great degree of understanding among us, and we certainly have a fair amount of control and know what affects the crowds vibe," he says.
"We really ride on gut instinct on a number of songs, and because we dont have a set, 10-song list the show never gets boring."
After an appearance in New Orleans on April 28, the band will head home to Toronto to begin work on their second album and set up a studio.
"I guess subconsciously we loaded a lot of touring at the front of the year, so we could go back for the summer and work on the album."
Grab new wave electronica tonight at the GLC and tomorrow afternoon at the Jim Beam Outdoor Concert Series, part of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. The outdoor concert will also feature Seanski, Breakestra, and special guests.