May. 05, 2010 - Issue #759: Life of Yann
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Scrapbooker eyeing the shelf life of rock 'n' roll
Edmonton noise-rock project Scrapbooker has had it. The members have grown up playing in bands, paid their dues and they get it: rock 'n' roll has a shelf life, and they're here to deliver the eulogy.
"The whole thing with this new band is I think this will be it for playing rock music. There's an age limit to playing rock 'n' roll, and this is the last step," explains drummer Sean Taylor. "I don't want to repeat myself, and there's definitely a time limit with this band, and when it's done, it will be done.
"There's a start, and there's going to be an end."
The start: Scrapbooker's debut album, Lying for the Sake of Lying, will see its digital release this Friday at Teddy's. Recorded with local producer Braden Sustrik, it's a jarring collection of blistering noise rock that's one part spoken-word, two parts reckless assault of howling protest and rupturing guitars.
The end: the band, which includes bass player Noel Taylor and guitarist Elliott Schelske, has sidestepped plans to go bankrupt touring or pressing hard copies of its records.
"We've been in bands before where we recorded and released albums in a physical format, and I think that time has come and gone," Taylor points out. "And I have no desire to drive to Regina to play to three people for no money."
Twelve dollars at the door gets you the access code for a digital download copy of Lying for the Sake of Lying, along with all the lyrics and liner notes, although it hasn't been an easy sell for most people accustomed to coming away with a hard copy, he adds.
"You get all the lyrics and liner notes with the digital download, but it's been odd convincing people you don't need CDs anymore," he laughs. "It's new territory for us—time to do all the things we never did, and that's it." V
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