Just when you thought you had James O-L figured out, he throws you a curve-ball.
We were first introduced to Mr. O-L in the late 90’s/early 00’s when he was the co-leader and songwriter of four-piece Skate Punk band LENNIGAN. Over the next couple years as he and his musical tastes matured and diversified, he started the first incarnation of what would later become James O-L and The Villains (known then as James O-L and the Famous Last Words). In 2007 James had his closest brush with international fame as he helped form party rock juggernauts The Sean Connery Supergroup, where he took the role of keyboardist and one of the chief songwriters under the pseudonym, “The Doctor.”
Today James O-L fronts one of the city’s top bands, The Villains, and has brought Phog’s Open Mic Surgery to acclaimed success. Most artists would be satisfied with all of these accomplishments and maybe get complacent.
But James has more tricks up his sleeve.
He is embarking on uncharted territories for himself and the music scene with the upcoming release of his next solo album, an instrumental Electronic Punk album entitled, Cancer In Treble City. To my knowledge, the electronic punk genre has remained untouched in the Windsor area.
But perhaps more interesting than the new direction James is taking us on in his next musical journey is the way he is deciding to release it. It’s a way that I know has never been done around these parts, or maybe anywhere.
The CD release party will be November 11th at The Windsor Beer Exchange where a stacked line-up of Learning, The Brandy Alexanders, and The Fuck Buddies will be rocking the main level stage in support of the night. James, however, will be performing his album on a Bus, which will drive around the city while passengers party and take in the music while a visual experience is provided by local videographer Adam Muraki.
The Party Bus has limited seating (15 spots per ride), so to ensure as many people as possible get a chance to experience this it will journey out four different times throughout the night. It will depart from TBX at 8:30, 10, 11:30 and 1 am. All bus rides will be booked in advance. $10 will get you in to see the aforementioned line up, which on its own is a killer night. $25 gets you into the show, on the bus and a tall can of beer from serial local event sponsors Maclean’s Ales. Cancer In Treble City will be on sale for $10 that night in CD form.
This release should be an inspiration to Windsor/ Essex County artists to be creative in all aspects of their band. Go beyond just playing shows. Think creatively about advertising and promoting. Once every band/artist starts feeding off one another’s creativity and using it as inspiration to push themselves further, we will continue to build Windsor, Ontario’s music scene up enough that the rest of the country, and world, notices.