Field Notes

Kerri Breen is eating leftover candy.

Here comes another one
Death Come Creepin’ is Victor Lewis’ third release this year. He’s been so productive because he works alone, he says.

“If I wasn’t so lazy I’d probably be able to make one a month on average, maybe an EP a week.”
With the exception of his roommate Adam Cardwell playing drums on some tracks and appearances by few other special guests, he performed and recorded this whole album by himself.

“When it comes to the nuts and bolts of it, or trying to write a song, I think it’s really a solitary kind of activity.”

The full-length release was inspired by what Lewis admits was a crappy summer.

“It’s kind of a bummer record, lyrically.”

The music itself leaves another impression, though.

“I almost always write about death and loneliness and sad shit, but I try to put harpsichords and silly, foolish things all over it because there has to be some hope somewhere, even if it’s in the musical accompaniment.”

While his last album, Vicky Lou’s Good Intentions, had a solid base of 60s rock influences, Creepin’ is even more difficult to distinguish from a real psychedelic relic.

“I’ve just sort of stumbled upon the Kinks in the last year…I like whimsical sounding music that’s got a lot of subtext,” he says.

For more info, visit his MySpace page at www.myspace.com/victorlewis

Demo grant for Bay Town
Also in music news, Conception Bay South natives Bay Town Connection are releasing a demo at the Breezeway on Nov. 21.

They play mostly upbeat acoustic rock. Think Flight of the Conchords without the humour.

“Newfie beach rock I like to call it,” says drummer Mike Dinn.

The band says the support of the MusicNL/Steele Communications new talent demo grant program was instrumental (pun intended, I’m afraid) in getting the release out there.

“For up-and-coming bands [grants are] very important. Established bands can probably work off sales,” says singer-guitarist Matt Cooke.

The band, which formed in 2007, hopes the demo will better establish them locally, so that someday they can release a debut album.

“You can’t expect people to pay $10 for a CD if they don’t know who you are,” Cooke says.
An incentive for curious listeners, the demo is totally free.

Copies will be available at the release show, and the album will also be available on their website, www.baytownconnection.com.

Play ponders prettiness
Reasons to be Pretty is a play about the aftermath of one guy’s-guy’s dickish move: He casually mentions that the new girl at work is better looking than his girlfriend.

Inevitably, his missus hears about the remark, and things get shaky (and interesting) from there.
What follows is an exploration of the role of beauty in our society, says director Heather Hiscock.

“It starts off with this whole idea of what we think people are, are they beautiful and how they should act, and what beautiful really means.”

She became interested in play—published by Neil Labute earlier this year —when she saw an MTV interview with some of one production’s actors.

“I immediately went and ordered the script and as soon as it came in I went ‘I have to do this script,” she says.

Reasons to be Pretty runs from Nov. 8 to the 10 at the Shriners Club on Topsail Road. The show is not for kids. For more info check out their Facebook page at tinyurl.com/reasonstobepretty

Art procurement deadline looms
The City of St. John’s has $20,000 up for grabs for visual artists willing to part with their best stuff.
Kay Anonsen, arts and cultural development co-ordinator for the City, says that anyone can apply to the Art Procurement Program, and a jury will decide what gets scooped up.

“They look at hundreds and hundreds of paintings and sculpture and craft and photographs, and then they have to come up with a recommendation to Council that totals $20,000.”

There’s no theme, and the art doesn’t have to be about St. John’s. That’s not really the point. The beauty of the program is that the art is guaranteed to be both displayed publicly and protected from damage.

“It’s building a public collection to be held by the city in trust for future generations,” Anonsen says.
“It’s displayed in municipal buildings, so when you go to pay your taxes or go to pay your parking tickets you’ll see artwork all around.”

This year’s deadline for submissions is Nov. 17.