The New Deal Schedule
This "live progressive breakbeat house" band firmly believes in the power of spontaneity.The
New Dealpeddles araw blend of house rhythms, melodically cyclic bass and rippling synthesizers that are mostly done off-the-cuff.
However, several songs have been spawned from jam sessions and have beenweaved into The New Deal's catalog of tunes.
New Deal bandmates are definitely in sync when it comes to their music and shows. In an interview, member Jamie Shields said,
"We have an actual language that we use between the three of us to determine certain things and to make changes, when to go
quiet, etc. But there's also this sort of innate communication that goes on between us..."
This unique band split in
2011, but they are back and better than ever!You have a bunch of opportunities to see The New Deal live in 2015. They're scheduled
to play at venues like the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California; The Independent in San Francisco, California; Belly
Up in Aspen, Colorado; Boulder Theatre in Boulder, Colorado; and Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado.
The New Deal
It was a casual, spur-of-the-moment jam session at Toronto's Comfort Zone that helped launch The New Deal
back in 1998. Since their inception, it has been difficult to put just one label on this group, proven by the eclectic range
of artists they have shared the stage with over the years - from Fatboy Slim to Herbie Hancock.
Comprised of Jamie Shields
(keyboardist), Dan Kurtz (bassist) and Darren Shearer (drummer), these seasoned members all put in their time one way or another
on the Toronto music scene. A year after the group took shape, the band hit the road destined for the U.S. The band made a
decision from the start that they wanted to focus on the U.S. And, it didn't take long for them to build a loyal fanbase in
the land south of them. They won crowds over at events like Massachusetts' Berkshire Music Festival and made a name for themselves
at the Wetlands Preserve in the Big Apple. They were in the public's eye frequently at the Wetlands, where they packed them
in with each performance.
In the spring of 2011, The New Deal distributed an email that announced they were splitting
up. The email stated: "We have come to a point where the time and commitment that it takes to maintain our band at its best
is no longer possible." They crisscrossed the nation to end their tenure on a grand note.
Shields noted, "There's a
million memories from our career, but important things that happened for us in the band, stick out - stuff like playing Red
Rocks in Colorado a couple times. We've done that, I think three or four times. That's a special thing. Not a lot of bands
get to do that and it's a beautiful natural venue, one of the most beautiful in the world. Those kinds of things stick out..."
fortunately for fans, in early 2014, the band's website came to life once again, and their Facebook page is a buzz with activity.
They have several events already lined up for 2015.
The New Deal Albums
The New Deal's recordings include:
THIS IS LIVE (1999); The New Deal (2001); Receiver (2001); LIVE:NYC 05.31.02/06.01.02 (2002); LIVE:PORTLAND ME 12.17.99/GUELPH
ON 04.05.00 (REISSUE) (2002); Gone Gone Gone (2003); Please Be Seated EP (2003); Live: Late Night 8.27.05 (2006); and Live:
Toronto 7.16.09 (2009).
The New Deal Trivia
The New Deal utilizes an alternative form of management that
works for them. They divide up the administrative tasks between them, so each of them is responsible for handling a particular
area of the group's operations.
The New Deal Concert Experience
In the decade-plus they've been together,
The New Deal has trotted the globe, played over 1,000 high-energy shows and managed to influence other musicians to follow
As any music lover knows, the only way to truly appreciate the authentic sound of a band, is to attend one
of their live shows. An iPod, car radio and computer speakers cannot replace the atmosphere, camaraderie and the fantastic
music only a live performance offers. Don't miss out on your chance to catch one of the best acts around.
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