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RLS in the BMS – 2

Friday, September 17th, 2010


So, we made it into the performance round of the LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot!!!

Come to the BMS on Oct. 1st @ the Live Lounge and go loco for the "Saints"

Yeah, we’ll take another stab at it. And a great year for it too (I guess any year is a good year for a ca$h injection). We’ve had a wicked summer full of mis- adventures and have big plans (and a couple secrets … sshh!) for the near future. We’ll be sure to keep you posted … and if we win $200,000, we’ll keep you REALLY posted … this blog will be 3-D and scented!

Now, we’re pretty excited to be included in the Big Money Shot (BMS) once again this year. Especially amongst all the excellent bands that we know, listen to, and respect. LiVE is always very helpful and generous to the bands (…win or lose…) and the BMS is a fun and worthwhile event; If you’re a career minded musician (is that still a bad word?) … the opportunities are pretty sweet.

Unfortunately, this year, our slot landed on the same day that we were supposed to play a special benefit concert in Peterborough. This was a show that was very important to us, and a cause close to our hearts. The rules state that if you forfeit your slot, your out … hmmm! … A scheduling (and moral) conflict indeed … Won’t go into details, but a discussion was had, a decision was made, and off to the BMS we go! (Saved By The Bell taught us nothing!!!). Everyone involved in the benefit graciously understood that this was a great opportunity for the band and wished us the best of luck.

Still didn’t stop us from feeling like Royal D.B.s!

It’s like $$$ or your humanity boys! … Your souls, forever stained in a Faustian hue … Mephistopheles is laughing!!! muah-ha-ha!!! ;-)

Don’t get me wrong. (…my sense of irony doesn’t blog well…)..we’re super excited!

The BMS is like this little annual lottery for the hardworking, underpaid rockers and musical freaks of Ottawa: An opportunity to help achieve what all musicians really want – No, not fame, MTV, Personal Fragrances, Reality T.V. girlfriends, Crystal Meth or elaborate networks of sycophants and backbiters … (well … maybe our own fragrance wouldn’t be a bad idea ? … Eau du Roque – by Les Saintes de Lumiere Rouge).

… No, we do this for the ultimate goal, which is the possibility of capturing a little bit of MUSICAL SELF SUFFICIENCY!!!

… The opportunity to create better music … more music … more of the time … and to have it be heard … to inspire other people … to make a connection and communicate … to have it played on regular rotation at nudie bars?… Make Mom proud!

… And to be able to put down our ho-hums, our bore-gasmic day-to-day situations, our job-acles and work-undrums … Just to travel across the worlds 2nd largest country, in a small van with 4 very uncouth men, eating Shawarma and Meat-sticks, playing the “Rock Muzak” to unsuspecting crowds…

Oh, Heaven … Oh Bliss … Oh Twisted sense of Romance and Idealism!!! … Oh Cruel Reality Check!

… F@#k it!!!…We want it anyways.

… Cause when your on stage and a random bunch of strangers are getting off on some “little ditty” that your squiggly little brain has concocted, and everything is in the pocket, people are dripping sweat, beer bottles are missing your head, but the solos are dead on… your brain hits auto-pilot and you find yourself looking down on a perfect little sonic oasis. The line between the crowd and band melts … sureal and blurry at the edges … the stage is a precipice … the crowd a beautiful riot … and just for a moment, you kinda lose control of the situation … but you see yourself caught right in the middle of it … at this point, it could go anywhere and anything could happen … and even though it’s just a sliver of time in some dank rock club … milliseconds really … that’s what you want to happen every single day!!

… Wait, what are we talking about again? Oh Yeah! …

So If you wanna support a (former) bunch of “Saints” acheive all their sinful musical endeavours … Come out to LiVE Lounge (128 York st.) on October 1st @ 9:00 p.m.

Our Penance : 1 venemous, passionate and entertaining rock n’ roll spectacle, with all profits from RLS merch sales at the Big Money Shot donated to the Hospital for Sick Children/child cancer research.

Your Penance : $8 at the door !!!

Hope to see youz all there…It’s gonna be a sick show!

We’ll have some pre-release copies of our new E.P for sale, new tanks and tees for the girls, as well as all the usual red-light swag.



RlS Big Money Shot blog

Monday, August 16th, 2010


So Red Light Saints are fortunate enough to take part in the LIVE 88.5 Big Money Shot again this year. With any luck we’ll be posting stuff for a few weeks (and shows) to come, but that’s anyone’s guess at this point. With all the crazy talent in this city (and in the Money Shot) it could go 1 of 50 ways and nothing surprises us anymore…So cross those fingers and send a little mojo our way!

If you’re not familliar with the LIVE 88.5 Big Money Shot, it’s essentially a big band competition where the winning bands aren given career support in the form of…wait for it…Big Money!!!

Check it out:

RLS is pretty “old school” with the Money Shot. This is our 3rd (4th??) year participating.  But this year there is a bit of a twist. Before you even play a note, prepare a set list, or do your make-up (…where’s my guyliner?), there was a whole new business/marketing/workshop  aspect to the competition.

Seminars were held all weekend long with big industry names like Gavin Brown and Greg Nori (producers-Billy Talent, Sum-41), EMI and Epitaph records were there, agents, there were talks on digital marketing and media relations, as well as getting  Factor grants… All in all it was an amazing addition to the Money Shot that gave us all an in-depth look at the commercial music industry, inside and out. Some great advice on how to focus songwriting  (Chorus, Chorus…then another Super-Chorus, followed that by a Mega-Chorus Rex… all under 30 seconds), market effectively (Twitter or die, but don’t be a douche about it…) and gave some ideas of what to look for when starting to promote/tour/record with your misfit rock band. It also gave us a chance to network a bit (schmoozing…Boy, do I suck at schmoozing!!!).

Not to mention chicken wings and perogies (…this is a higher calibre of grease than RLS is used to…)

About half of Ottawa’s rock music scene was there. Most of them we knew in some capacity or another…friends, bands that we repect and share stages with…Something like 40 to 50 different Ottawa bands had people reppin’ for them…all these different styles and sounds… The unique musicians and personalities from Ottawa’s rock circus… I Can’t help but think of that kick-ass 80′s gang movie, The Warriors…minus the bats, roller-skates and mimes…”CAN YOU DIG IT!!!”…(look it up…classic!)

If this place went up in flames....Ottawa would lose half of it's rock music...Then it would just be celtic and covers!

Some of these brave bands got to have their songs ripped up by the Pros, analyzed and critisized…scutinized and carmelized…Lotsa “ouch moments”, but some interesting feedback and P.O.V.’s…kinda hoped they’d do an RLS song…My ego was feeling pretty Herculean that day… We coulda handled it…hmmm…

Best moments: The Panel with Gavin Brown and Greg Nori. Funny cats…Big players and brutally honest…it was great!

Worst moment: … makin’ a bad joke and lookin’ like a dink to Greg Nori… (told ya…suck at schmoozing:(

The last seminar was the always awesome Tom Jackson workshop! We’ve seen this dude before and he’s great. He says he “produces” live performance (Tayloy Swift…really?). He pretty much takes a band (this year was Love Machine…) and reworks their stage show to create “moments” for the audience. How to communicate your songs visually and augment your presence and impact for the crowd…Does Mick practice his chicken-walk in the bathroom mirror?…If you ask Tom, he’d probably say yes, and that’s why he can still work a crowd of 70000 people at 60 like a pro.

Tom is hilarious and super informative. Some of the changes he made with the band were quite drastic and made a big difference in the visual of the song/moment. Love Machine took it like champs and rocked the first 30 seconds of one of their songs (about 20 times…for like an hour…) and had it picked apart, piece by piece…how to stand…who to look at…how to hold a mic…how to swallow your fake Canadian humility and be a “rockstar goddamit!” …Good Times!

Tom Jackson "producing" a live performance...

 This was a great event…and a great investment in Ottawa’s rock scene…We are truly an underappreciated and underestimated music town, but with the right support and community behind us, and events and opportunities like  the one we just had… This place could explode!

Hopefully we get to update this again (with good news) and go on to the performance round. Thats what were best at!

Keep er’ evil