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Earth School

by The DuBay Band

Strong vocals, interesting songwriting, and strong production values make this guitar driven pop-rock album a memorable listening experience from start to finish. Spirit and fire meets melody and counterpoint.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Spiritual Quest
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2. Internet Dot Com
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3. You Are The Reason
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4. Elevator Man
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5. Max
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6. Peaceful Warrior
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7. Alone
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8. Millenium
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9. Calling You Up
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10. Earth School
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Album Notes

A mixture of blues and rock, The DuBay Band is a collection of very talented and experienced musicians creating an array of classic rock and pop songs. Sounding similar to bands ranging from ZZ Top to Kansas, with even influences from The Beatles. Their mixture of sound is represented very well with skilled guitar melodies, accompanied by a solid interlocking bass and drum grooves held together with great vocal melody and harmonies.



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Ric Taylor

Overview of the CD and interview segments with Claude Dube

In a pop music world ever hungry for the next big thing, it's often difficult to discern hits from hype. However, there are some artists who prefer to follow in the footsteps of their heroes and focus on the craft of songwriting regardless of popular trends. Dubay is a band that focuses on the traditional rather than the trendy.

Taking the nod from bands like The Beatles and The
Rolling Stones (that were as much about songwriting as anything else), Claude Dubé leads his 'family band' into the new millennium with a brand new album, Earth School, that lends a thoughtful word, a lilting melody and a powerful pop presentation to a world gone awry. This, the band's fourth release, shows Dubay's determination to make it and on their own terms with their most mature release to date.

With the tragic events of September 11th 2001, lead singer, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter, Claude Dubé ponders the prolific timing of this album that specifically ruminates the questions of life, love, war, technology and our very existence on a whole. It's at least topical if not timely.

"Sometimes in the music business, it seems like you're always playing catch up," explains Claude from his home just outside of Hamilton, "but it seems like this time we really hit it on the money. The whole theme of questioning our regular conceptions of life couldn't have been more pertinent."

"The title Earth School comes from the philosophy that we're all here to learn. We have a short life on this planet to learn something from our experience and then what we do with that after that -- no one really knows. Since our last record three years ago, we've collected a lot of songs that represent thoughts and feelings recapping our lives. We didn't set out on a quest but when you look at the songs put together you can see the definite connection."

Earth School has a structure that embodies the spiritual, technological, emotional, political, environmental and topical concerns of life in general and addresses them in a way that is empathetic and progressive while uncompromising in its pop sensibility.

Comparisons to Canadian treasures like Prism, Saga, Gowan, or Chris De Burgh are easy to make while it might even be easier to see how their music is as universal as that released from international artists The Alan Parson's Project, Steely Dan or even Pink Floyd.

The latter's symphonic influence is most resonated with the album's final track. Full of grandiose textures and a wash of sound, the title track – Earth School, offers the heartbeat of the world without a lyric to convey the emotion. The track is what encapsulates the theme of the album on a whole.

”Earth School is a concept album but we never set out to do that. These are just thoughts and recollections of the people and places we've seen over the last few years and things that we've done. If you believe that, you live your life and you choose to learn from it.”

”I was raised a Roman Catholic, but if you start
exploring all the different religions in the world you start to wonder who's right and who's wrong. You start to realize the whole planet is on some sort of
spiritual quest and each individual is searching for
some answers."

To his credit, Claude has learned a lot over the last
two decades. He knows how to be in the right place at the right time. After graduating with a BSc in
Psychology from Hamilton's McMaster University, Claude sought out his fortunes in Los Angeles. As a result, his résumé reads like an early eighties hit list. He's worked with some incredible talent (as an engineer for Toto among others) and even helped to launch the nascent Los Angeles band “London” with his vocals - a band that would go on to later spawn the metallic monster acts that would rule the heavy metal scene of the late eighties, Wasp (Blackie Lawless) and Motley Crue (Nikki Sixx).

"I went to LA after McMaster. I got some auditions
and the first one I got I was #102 in the line up and
I ended up getting the job. It was for this band
called London. We did a few months in Hollywood and basically at the end of it we got dropped like a rock. I got to play with both Blackie Lawless and Nikki Sixx and when the band split up they both asked me to work on their projects but I thought heavy metal was dead in 1980. I've got to laugh because for the next five years they cracked the market pretty good."

But, as a humble family man with bigger things in
mind, Claude returned home to Hamilton to regain a
lost sense of reality in the glitz of Hollywood.

He found that foundation with his friends in Dubay and they haven't looked back for eleven years.
Together with brother Dany on bass guitar,
grade school buddies Nick Holden (guitar) and
songwriting partner Dennis Decker (lead guitar), they formed the basis of a family band that would dominate their lives from here on out. With the addition of Kevin Camilleri, (drummer/songwriter) the ‘family band’ was complete; hence “Dubay”, a play on the last name Dubé.

"For the last eleven years, these guys have been my
best friends. and for a band to stick together with
the original members for so long is unheard of these
days. When you work with people you like the music
comes easy."

And on Earth School, the listening is almost as easy.
It's an album that is as much a wonderful soundtrack to use for relaxing as an intriguing word play meant to provoke thought and coffee shop debates.

The songs run the gamut from the effects of the
technologically driven world wide web on ‘Internet Dot Com’, "In this time that we have all of this information about life, the after life and everything else shows the power of all of this collective thought bringing it home.", to the prospects of the global village and man's inhumanity to man on ‘Peaceful Warrior’. "This fits with the American attitude today. We want peace and nothing more however if we're pushed we are at war." But it probably is most poignant when it explores personal introspection on songs like ‘Elevator Man’, "It's a song about getting in touch with your own inner self" or the worldly love song ‘Alone’ "While you're here on earth, you want to share it with humankind to get a good reflection of what your worth is. It started out as a love song but it mutated into a whole different thing.”.

This worldview is something that has always been a
part of Claude Dubé and his band's make up from the very beginning.

If you were to throw a handful of darts at a map of
the world you might pierce Montreal, Los Angeles,
Amsterdam, Lake Louise, Mount Pleasant, Michigan and Hamilton, Ontario and they might simultaneously represent those places the individual members of Dubay have traveled. A scattered collection of points on the map that might seem random unrelated points of geography but in fact are the touchstones of the lives of these musical philosophers.

Similarly, at a superficial glance the world is
seemingly chaos. but there is a structure and a
purpose or at least there are those that want to offer
that hope. The question is finding it and Dubay helps with seemingly asking all the right questions. They are a group of five best friends who have grown up together - and now bring their own sense of cohesion to this world full of calamity through their love, their lives and their music.

"I was a premed student trying to find a cure for
cancer but music was always a means to express myself since I was 15. It brought me to places where nothing else could. I would like to be remembered as a humanist who wrote about mankind and all the possibilities that lay before us -- Someone who really set out to do something good for mankind. We would like to touch people with our music."


Chris Hattingh

Overview and song by song review
Hey Dennis,

Just got done listening to "Earth School" and I'm very impressed.

As a whole this is a great album - the songwriting and arranging are strong,
the musicianship is more than competent and the vocals are superb (most of
the time). The production quality and the mastering job are both excellent
too (I actually A/B'ed your CD with a bunch of major label releases, and
with some of the best products to come out of my studio, and your CD
definitely held it's own as far as smoothness of frequency response, stereo
imaging, output levels, etc.) The music is full of catchy hooks galore. The
message is also powerful and the songs are meaningful - they will probably
stand the test of time. Musically this album sounds very 80's to me....this
could be good or bad, but personally I love it and I'm giving it a rating of
8.5 on a scale of 1-10.

I think this is your best song ever! Great vocal harmonies and keyboard
work. In parts it reminded me of REO Speedwagon and Boston.

Another great song! I found the guitars interesting in this one - what with
the John Mellencamp-sounding guitar intro, the little bursts of surf guitar
and the Cars-type lead guitar licks scattered around. Parts of this one also
reminded me of Boston.

Good song too! I liked the acoustic intro - reminded me a little of Tesla.
Other parts reminded me of (believe it or not) Jimmy Buffett. Nice chord
changes and keyboard parts.

The drum sound in the beginning reminded me of The Police. This song has a
unique DuBay sound - it doesn't really sound like anyone else that I can
think of. Nice chord changes, but by the middle of the song it started
getting a little too predictable for my tastes.

MAX: (7)
Fun tune!! I liked the Beatlish intro. This one's very catchy and fun to
sing along with. The only reason I didn't give it a higher score is because
there was a little sloppiness with the timing in places. If you guys had
played this song a little tighter I'd have given it a 9.

I love this track!! It reminded me of Rush. Very nice groove and great
guitar solo - I loved the right handed tapping.

ALONE: (8)
Beautiful piano intro. Nice power ballad that draws the listener in. It
sounds like someone I've heard before but I just can't quite put my finger
on it. Unfortunately this is the only song where I have some slight
criticism about the lead vocals - a few of the higher "falsetto?" passages
were off pitch. But the song is so good I gave it an 8 anyway.

Nice rocker!! I liked the B3? patch. This one reminded me of War
(instrumentally) and Europe (vocally). And I dug the rocking guitar solo!!

This one (especially the intro) reminded me of Foreigner. Nice guitar tone
and a very primal feel.

Another one of my faves!! Very Pink Floyddish!! Great arranging and
production, and I loved the soulful, melodic guitar playing. Great keyboard
work too.

GREAT JOB GUYS - this one should do very well for you!!



Lorna Rushton

I enjoyed this CD except a few songs I didn't like.

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