RPM Challenge 2009: 70 new local albums

Every February, The Scope dares people across Newfoundland and Labrador to set aside their feelings of musical inadequacy, loosen up their schedules, and get down to writing and recording a full album of original music in the coldest month in our winter.

This year, 70 local bands came through.

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RPM 2009: ZEN MASTERS

One of the most important and difficult things for musicians to overcome is your internal critic, the voice that says “you suck” and “what’s the point of working so hard for this anyway?” Well, screw that voice.

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RPM 2009: SUPER FRIENDS!

Making music can be heartbreaking agony, but when you’re working with friends, there’s usually somebody around to pick you up when you’ve accidentally erased your hard drive, can’t come up with a good rhyme for “raisin”, or to reassure you that it’s okay you can’t sing your way out of a paper bag.

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RPM 2009: THE ADDICTED

For some valiant RPMers, the challenge pushed some long-dormant creative buttons, inspiring a flood of inspiration and plans to never, ever stop making music.

Cover Issue 78

Cover photo by John “Rawkhard” Pike, featuring some of the 70 local bands and musicians who completed this year’s RPM Challenge.

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RPM 2009: GOING SOLO

For some of this year’s RPMers, hunkering down with just their instruments and their hearts was the perfect way to turn another serotonin-depleting February into an intense period of quiet self-exploration and rejuvenation.

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RPM 2009: GIT ER DONE

For a lot of musicians, a deadline is one of the only things standing between them and their music. Ask, and ye shall receive!

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RPM 2009: CONCEPTS

Some bands like to draw inspiration from a story outside of themselves. The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Green Day, and Styx have done it, so why can’t we? Sometimes being abducted by aliens is more interesting than your day-to-day, middle-of-winter existence.

Field Notes

Kerri Breen on C2C’s new play, Atlantic Ballet Theatre, The Idlers, and Fleetwood Mac.

Children’s crusade

David Keating talks to Children of Eve as the prodigal sons prepare to return on tour.