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Weather The Storm

by Spiney Norman

Funky, melodic, progressive rock.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Weather The Storm
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2. Allison Wonderbra
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3. Home
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4. A New Day
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5. In The Shadows
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6. Barbecuing With Bourbon
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7. Sent A Message
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8. Ideal Cafe
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9. Inspire Me
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10. See The Light Again
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11. Twilight
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The second album by the East Coast's best kept secret. A secret that is getting out.

Following their debut "The Trials & Tribulations of Spiney Norman" was no easy task; the first CD was a ground-breaker, garnering rave reviews from many magazines and radio personalities.

Weather The Storm was recorded during late 2002 and 2003, a year that marked Spiney Norman's explosion onto the New England live-music scene. Each member of the band rose to the occasion with stellar songwriting and the phenomenal musicianship that East Coaster's have come to expect from the band. The result is an album that listeners feel surpasses their debut.

Ranging from hard rock (In The Shadows), latin grooves (the spicy worded Allison Wonderbra), all-out funk (Sent A Message), to acoustic rock (Inspire Me), Spiney Norman expands on it's penchant for unashamedly mixing styles and textures.

Band Bio:
"Stylistically diverse," "powerful songwriting," "explosive percussion," "soaring vocals" "amazing guitar-work," and "timeless." These are words and phrases that have been used to describe Spiney Norman in the press.

Spiney Norman is a rock band that defies categorization. The members mix and merge styles at will, incorporating World-rhythm, funk, acid-rock and even jazz.

Formed in 2001, the three core members of Spiney Norman, George Dussault, (guitars, keyboards, lead vocals), Rob Barwick, (bass) and Rick Morin (drums, percussion and harmonica) are all veterans of the East Coast music scene; George as a Grammy-nominated producer and guitarist, Rick as a renowned studio percussionist and one of the most in-demand instructors in the East, and Rob as founding member of several influential bands. Together as Spiney Norman, they are known for their tight rock songs, top-notch musicianship, their polished studio albums and their explosive live concerts.

The story so far:

The genesis of Spiney Norman began in 1989, when 18-year old singer / instrumentalist / budding engineer George Dussault was contacted by a local band that was in need of a new lead guitarist. Even at that age, George was already a veteran of the local scene, and after numerous frustrations, he placed a typically cheeky ad in the Providence Phoenix (NewPaper, as it was called then) calling himself "Young George," and touting his own musical abilities. Fortunately for him, he was able to deliver on his claims, and was immediately accepted into The Chosen Few, a powerhouse of a band. The bass player was Rob Barwick.

Rob was also a veteran musician, having played all over the Boston area in bands such as Bastille, and eventually co-founding Windwood Hollow, and band that would eventually become legendary on the East Coast. But Rob has never been one to stay in one musical place for long; his relentless desire for growth as a musician drove him to continue searching for a venue for his fertile ideas. Despite very different backgrounds, he formed a strong musical bond with the like-minded George.

However, the full potential of The Chosen Few would not be realized, and they disbanded in late 1990. Rob played with several other bands, while George turned his attention to developing his reputation as a recording engineer / producer. In those days, before high-power computers and the modern digital workstation had been developed, George brazenly built his own recording studio and immediately rose to prominence as the producer of several regional hits for SubPop records and other indie labels. But his desire to perform never left him.

In 1992 he and Rob formed Strider with former Chosen Few drummer Anthony Carracio. A loud and proud power trio, they performed all over the New England area for nearly three years before frustration, personal differences and other issues blew them apart. Once again, Rob continued his musical search and George continued his studio work, eventually garnering several Grammy nominations.

In 1999, George announced his upcoming wedding, and invited Rob and his future wife. Little did Rob know that George had brought a guitar and bass to the wedding. Half way through the reception, George grabbed Rob, headed to the stage, kicked everyone in the band except the drummer and piano player off the stage and, in his typically acerbic manner, announced into the microphones to the shocked congregation, "I just want you to know that I've really suffered for my music. Now it's your turn." Rob, George and the other two musicians then proceeded to blow the roof off of the Hall with some incredible rock and roll, earning them a standing ovation and the validation they were looking for. They then began drummer-hunting.

After several auditions and false starts, Rob decided to track down a guy he saw in an acoustic folk group he had seen. Rob described him as "wild." His name was Rick Morin.
Rick initially learned to play drums from his father Joseph, a noted jazz drummer who often took Rick on his travels. Rick played professionally for years in punk and rock bands before eventually falling completely in love with the rhythms of the world; Latin, African, Native American and others. After living in several different parts of the United States and learning from many high-profile drumming masters, he relocated to North Attleboro, MA. There he founded Innerythms, a music-education organization focusing on rhythm. He soon became one of the most highly-regarded musicians and teachers in the New England area.

At the time Rob first saw him, Rick was playing with Anawan, an acoustic cover band. By all accounts, Rick was the focal point of the show, playing several instruments at once and all of them excellently, as well as having a truly massive stage presence that is rarely found in drummers.

Rob eventually located Rick, and the timing was perfect. Rick was in the process of freeing himself from Anawan, and was intrigued by what Rob offered. A week later, Rick and George got together for the first time at George's studio, and another great musical partnership was immediately formed. The two began writing together with Rob, and the first Spiney Norman album quickly took shape.

Since then they have released one more album, and are currently working on their third.

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Buckshot

Even better than the first!
This new Spiney Norman CD is even better than the first, which seemed almost impossible as the first had a quality unlike any other. If the music doesnt get your fingers snapping, the quality of the songs alone will. This entire CD was recorded in a custom studio set up George's basement (Guitarist) and his desire for excellence shows. I'm lucky enough to be George's student and managed to get a copy of this album along with an autograph early so I could fully enjoy the tracks before the public (grin), and I must say: This album is worth every penny. Get a copy and see for yourself! Favourite Track - Twilight (After the Aztec like drum opening, the guitars just sweep you away.)
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Ear Candy

definite progression, tight, drop-on-a-dime instrumentation, well-written songs
Spiney Norman is back and showing definite progression since their last album. Of course you have the tight, drop-on-a-dime instrumentation that you expect from the band after their first CD. Then there are the well-written songs including my personal Spiney Norman favorite - the bio-themed song. Lyrical these guys are great storytellers and while some songs have a moral - they don't get preachy!

I'm just gonna touch on a few personal faves of mine from this disc:
The band shows off their musical chops on "Barbecuing With Bourbon", a bluegrass song infused with Zeppelin III style instrumentation as the band weaves in and out of these two styles. "Allison Wonderbra" combines Dick Dale riffs with a hint of Spanish-rock style with a catchy groove that uses those classic Spiney Norman story-telling of a disillusioned girl! (I love the lyrics, "since the day he checked her oil and forgot to put the dip-stick in"). "Home" has a raga/middle eastern flavor that morphs into a groove that you can't get out of your head. And finally there is "A New Day", a song that really hits home lyrically - damn, this is my life!

While some critics might say the band is derivative of the progressive rock bands of the '70s - THIS is the CD in which Spiney Norman comes into their own as a band. As the CD plays, you can almost hear the band saying, "so you think we are retro huh? Well, listen to this!" While there are no "pop hits" on this album, that's not what the band is about anyway.
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