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Living Illusion look forward to debut Lethbridge show

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Edmonton based progressive rock band The Living Illusion are looking forward to playing their first show in Lethbridge, July 8 at the Tongue N Groove.The Living Illusion make their Lethbridge debut, July 8. Photo Submitted
“I’ve been through Lethbridge and hung out at one of the malls, but I’ve never played there,” observed lead guitarist Shane Lamotte. His brother Jason sings while Dave Stotten and Cal Beduin back them on bass and drums respectively.

 You may have heard their records on University of Lethbridge radio station CKXU, 88.3 FM.
“They have played both of our records. Their DJs are great for supporting local Albertan musicians. Their spins helped us get on the Earshot Top 10 list, so we’re really pumped about playing a show there,” he continued.

 “It’s actually easier for bands from Edmonton to get played on CKXU than it is to get on the bigger stations in Edmonton like CJSR.”

They bridge the gap between progressive rock and modern metal music, so they often get on bills where they don’t usually fit in.
“We’re metal, but we don’t scream. We like heavy music, but we also like to be able to hear what the singer is saying. If we had a band like Tool or Chevelle coming to town, we’d fit in, but we usually end up playing with a lot of metal bands or bands that we’re too heavy for, but we still manage to carve out our own niche,” he said.

 Their second CD  “Suffering” was released last July and has been well received.
“The first single ‘Let’s Start Over’ charted in the top 100 of one modern rock station. So the response has been great overall. It actually isn’t as difficult to get played as it used to be. But I guess it depends on who you are working with,” he continued.

 The band draws a lot from bands like Tool, Chevelle and Dream Theatre.

“We were influenced by a lot of late ’90s stuff. We listened to bands like Tool, Chevelle,  and a lot of Dream theatre and the Deftones,” he said noting they grew up on ’90s grunge.

“The new album is a lot heavier. It’s really guitar heavy and a lot more progressive. but we still kept the songwriting easy to understand like verse, chorus, verse, bridge,  but we’re playing in different time signatures like 5/4 and 7/8,” he continued.

“We’ve become better technical players as we’ve evolved. We wanted to push ourselves, so we’ve been moving in a more progressive direction,” he said. They are excited to play Lethbridge.

“We’re really close with Lorinda and the whole Peel family. So we’re definitely excited to be coming there. It’s nice to get out of Edmonton and Calgary. And Lethbridge is still a decent sized city,” he said.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 July 2011 11:40 )  
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