CELEBRATES UNDERGROUND / Former SLIK TOXIK frontman NICK WALSH guest at Global News Morning (video)
Famous Underground frontman Nick Walsh has recorded himself with a new video interview, which can be viewed below.
Nick: “Kudos to Bill Welychka and Global News Morning for inviting me to discuss the new release of Famous Underground, Classic Albums Live, Slik Toxik and the ever-changing music industry.”
For more than a decade, Famous Underground has always eschewed musical trends in favor of the high flame of metallic hard rock, as evidenced by “The Dark One Of Two”, the new music video created exclusively by BraveWords!
Singer Nick Walsh in the video:
âIn putting this video together, we must have been quite ingenious. We managed to put together the live parts of some fan footage collected from our last show before the pandemic. The only thing I knew when I walked in was that I didn’t want a ZOOM video that looked like you were fucking Brady Bunch!
âThe Dark One Of Twoâ is available on all digital music providers here.
âWhat I love about our songs is the way they usually tell stories of conflict, but they also have determination,â adds bassist Laurie-Anne Green. âOne of the things that always interests me about this band is that over the years the sound has continued to evolve, I feel like we are now playing some of our best songs. “
Walsh acknowledges that the audience’s tolerance for inauthenticity has singularly focused him on ensuring that he projects his true musical identity into every note of the five songs In My Reflection, available June 25. âFans, critics and most people can smell bullshit. As an artist, my job is to make sure I’m comfortable creating and presenting it, âhe says.
While the musical relationship between Walsh and Green stretches back more than two decades, the history of the first in music extends even further, having led the Canadian hard-rock band Slik Toxik, winner of a Juno Award. After the band’s demise, Walsh immersed himself in a myriad of endeavors, ranging from owning a recording studio, to working in film and television, and touring North America with Classic Albums Live.
Walsh and Green had worked on projects together in the past and decided in 2011 to form Famous Underground. They released their debut album independently that same year, which was then cleared for worldwide release in 2013. Drawing on a number of classic influences from the world of hard rock and heavy metal, the prison-free approach of Famous Underground Music Reaffirms The Guitar Rock music is far from dead.
âFamous Underground is my passion project. It’s the music that comes from my soul, âsays Walsh. “I’m grateful that the group shares my vision and eventually makes it their own – that’s what I call real.”
After releasing a digital single in 2017, the band, which also includes guitarist Darren Boyd and drummer Desche Sparboom, amassed 14 songs for a full album originally slated for release in 2020. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic has disrupted these plans send Walsh and Green back to the drawing board in some ways. After all, the dynamic singer has a unique perspective on the music industry, having cut his teeth on the âoldâ model of record companies being the gatekeepers of success, through disruptors like Napster and file sharing, until today music on demand.
âIt’s amazing how technology is changing the industry so rapidly,â says Walsh. âIt is so important to stay on top of the changing landscape. We wanted to make sure that we were doing the right thing with releasing this new music, rather than dropping the 14 songs without fanfare. ”
Order / save in my reflection here. Check out the new BraveWortds feature on Famnous Underground here.
In the My Reflection song list:
“The dark of two”
“Until the end”
“Like an animal”
One of the most notable facets that time has brought to Famous Underground is a sense of maturity and life experience. While these facets of life may have been missing during his tenure at Slik Toxik – through no one’s fault – Walsh seizes the opportunity to gain valuable insights and insights over the past 30 years. It gave him a worldview that couldn’t be artificially manifested. There is a polished and intense rawness to the songs featured on In My Reflection that is both similar and different to anything Walsh has done in the past. However, he may not have reached this critical point in his career without the benefit of the experiences he has had.
âAt the very beginning of Slik Toxik, we were singing about reaching for the copper ring, women and the party; all pretty typical stuff for guys in their late teens and early twenties, âsays Walsh. âI couldn’t get away writing about this shit now. I am more interested in writing about the world around me and the human condition; internal struggles; duality; and the world around us. I strongly believe in the whole of yin / yang and the importance of finding a balance in the world.
Famous Underground is:
Nick Walsh – Lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming
Laurie-Anne Green – Bass Guitar
Darren Boyd – Solo Guitar
Desche Sparboom – Drums
Musicians on tour:
Michael Wolfgang Verbeke – Guitar
Ange M – Guitar
(Photo – Pete Colombe)