A "gear shifting, vocal stacking, wild riffing, shit kicking," testament to finding balance in discord: announcing their first album in 15 years, Rheostatics return to the stage with "Here Come the Wolves".
Watch the story unfold through the eyes and hands of Martin Tielli, in a special timelapse video, as he painstakingly paints the cover art, soundtracked by the record's title track.
"Here Come the Wolves" is a song that encapsulates the spirit of the Rheostatics, both literally (everybody gets a solo) and figuratively (it's a complex but catchy tune).
Ride the rollercoaster with us here:
The full album will be released September 6 on Six Shooter Records.
Track list for the new album is:
2. AC/DC on the Stereo
4. Here Come the Wolves
5. It's the Super Controller!
6. Music is the Message
7. Diamonds on Our Toes
8. I Wanna Be Your Robot
9. The Beautiful Night
10. Goodbye Sister Butterfly
12. Mountains and the Sea
Double Or Nothing - A Night Of Duets Rheostatics and many others will be performing at a West End Phoenix fundraiser in Toronto Ontario on Friday May 31 2019 from 7:30PM - Midnight. A Night of Duets with The Mercenaries House Band featuring:
Rheostatics with Alex Lifeson (of RUSH), Sarah Harmer and Georgia Harmer, Chis and Patrick (of RUSH...er no .... Sloan), Terra Lightfoot, Michie Mee, Tom Wilson (of RUSH or Blackie And The Rodeo Kings), Molly Johnson, Tabby Johnson, Ryan Boldt (of Deep Dark Woods ... but not RUSH) with Jenny Berkel,
Dave Wall (of RUSH...um...actually of The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir), Emm Gryner and Sleahy, Lucas Silviera and Katelyn Molgard, Stephen Stanley and Shawn William Clark, Jane Gowan and Mary Harmer, Plus many more (not of RUSH). Tickets are sold out
New Rheostatics Album Rheostatics are heading into the recording studio (June 2 2018) to start work on their first album in 14 years with Chris Stringer at the controls.
Skeleton Park Arts Festival Rheostatics are playing at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival in Kingston Ontario on Saturday June 23 2018 at 8PM. This is a free show. At 2PM on the Hillside Park Poetry Stage will feature Dave Bidini and guest poets Steven Heighton, LJ Weisberg, Alyssa Cooper and other guests. Rheos on at 8PM.
Hayloft Dancehall Rheostatics are playing at the Hayloft Dancehall in Picton Ontario on Sunday June 24 2018. Tickets available via Ticketfly. All Tickets include shuttle service from 6 County locations. there is no refund if the shuttle is not utilized.
The Horseshoe Tavern 70th Anniversary Rheostatics are playing Thursday-Saturday December 7-9 2017 at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto as part of their 70th anniversary series. Tickets fon sale via Ticketly.com as of 10AM Friday October 20 2017.
Hamilton and Waterloo Shows Rheostatics are playing Friday November 24th at Maxwell's in Waterloo and Friday December 15th at This Ain't Hollywood in Hamilton. Tickets for Maxwell's are available via TicketScene.ca. Tickets for This Ain't Hollywood are available Friday October 6th via https://www.bruha.com/event/2116.
September 23rd Oktoberfest Rheostatics will be the Main Stage headline performers at Beau's Oktoberfest on Saturday September 23rd 2017 at Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds at 92 Main Street West in Vankleek Ontario half way between Ottawa and Montreal. Tickets are on sale now at https://tickets.beausoktoberfest.ca/ and run $29.00/day or $39.00 for a weekend pass. This event will sell out so get your tickets early. Other bands include Stars, John K Samson (of Weakerthans) & Winter Wheat, Tuns, The Planet Smashers and others. Should be an awesome weekend. More info can be found on the Beau's Oktoberfest Website.
Brave New Waves Pre-Release Info Pre-orders now available for the upcoming CBC Brave New Waves release - track list is:
1.Dopefiends and Boozehounds
2. The Uptake
3. Lyin's Wrong
5. King of the Past
6. Crystal Soup
7. Four Upright Walls
9. Guy Lafleur
10. Chanson Les Ruelles
11. [Interview with Brent Bambury]
Coloured Vinyl, Black Vinyl, CD and Digital Download as well as 5 limited edition Test Pressings available at the
CBC Bandcamp pate or Amazon.ca
Canada 150 with Rheostatics at the Regent Theatre in Picton Ontario Wake Up Raise The Curtain....What better possible way could there be to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada than singing Northern Wish down the highway from our Nation's Capital on Canada Day? Seriously....Rheostatics on Canada's 150th Birthday show in Picton Ontario at the beautiful Regent Theatre....what could be better? This is an amazing opportunity for all Eastern Ontario and Quebec fans to get their fix of Clark era awesomeness along with brand new material. The May shows in Toronto were spectacularly great and this one should be even better - ticket info for reserved seats can be found at http://www.theregenttheatre.org/events/Rheostatics/
1988 Brave New Waves Release Rheostatics will be performing from 9-11PM on OK not a new album...yet at least...for now Artoffact Records are releasing the Rheos Brave New Waves Session recorded February 7 1988 in Montreal. Format is CD, Digital Download, and Vinyl (Black and Coloured). It was the first Brave New Waves Session and taken from the original CBC Archives' reel and remastered at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, by Harris Newman. Limited edition vinyl release! Release date is May 5 2017.
Includes a post-session interview with the band and host Brent Bambury
Includes two bonus tracks from a CBC Velour session
Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics was Brave New Waves host in the early 90s
Rheostatics' classic line-up: Dave Bidini, Dave Clark, Martin Tieli, Tim Vesely
Originally recorded in 1988, in CBC Studio 13, Montreal
Never before released commercially -- only tape bootlegs exist
The inaugural Brave New Waves session!
Curated, and with live keyboards by Kevin Komoda (Rational Youth)
Rheos at In The Soil Arts Festival April 28 2017 Rheostatics will be performing from 9-11PM on Friday April 28 2017 at the In The Soil Arts Festival in St.Catharines Ontario on the Festival Hub Stage. Lineup is Dave Bidini, Dave Clark, Martin Tielli, Tim Vesely, Hugh Marsh. Tickets available at http://www.inthesoil.on.ca/2017-festival/tickets/
Rheos at The Horseshoe Tavern Friday and Saturday December 9th and 10th 2016 Rheostatics will be performing at the 69th Anniversary of The Horseshoe Tavern on December 9th and 10th 2016. Lineup is Dave Bidini, Martin Tielli, Tim Vesely, Hugh Marsh, Kevin Hearn and the return of Dave Clark to the kit. Tickets go on sale Friday November 4 2016 at 12PM EST at links below:
Dec 9: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1377735
Dec 10: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1377736
Rheos at TURF Fest Sunday September 18 2016 Rheostatics will be performing at the Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) at Fort York in Toronto. The festival runs September 16-18 2016. Rheos will play Sunday September 18th - set time is TBD. Tickets for the show are available via the TURF Website.
Rheos at Starlight Social Club April 24 2016 Rheostatics will be playing a warm up show at Starlight Social Club in Waterloo Ontario on Sunday April 24 2016. Tickets are $28 with a limit of 9/person and are available via ticketweb. Doors at 7PM.
Rheos at Harvest Picnic August 27 2016 - 9:30-11:00PM Rheostatics are headlining Harvest Picnic in Hamilton on Saturday August 27 2016. The show will also feature The Jim Cuddy Band, Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies, Joel Plaskett Emergency,Great Lake Swimmers,Cowboy Junkies & Many More. Check the Harvest Picnic site for all ticket information.
Rheos return to Massey Hall April 29 2016
Rheostatics at Massey Hall, Toronto, April 29, 2016. This will be the first time playing here -- and the first time playing anything other than Music Inspired by G07 -- since 2007, which was intended to be our final show. Our experiences reforming and playing in September w/ Hugh Marsh and Kevin Hearn were so great that we thought we'd walk down this road a little more, and try and bring new life to older material, as well as new works, which we hope to debut in the spring. The tickets here are only 30 dollars top price -- everyone should be able to go, we hope -- ticket info can be found on the Massey Hall site. Thanks to everyone who listens. We're excited about this. We love you.
Rheos inducted into Independent Music Hall of Fame
The Rheostatics joined Eric's Trip as 2009 inductees into the Independent Music Hall of Fame, which is presented by Zunior.com.
The band's groundbreaking contributions to Canadian music over more than two decades, and its unfailing support of fledgling bands on the independent scene, are among the factors that led to their selection. A blogspot page has been created as a tribute to the band, that includes history, band member comments and video. Click here to visit the award site.
Most Rheos releases are available for digital download through Zunior.
Rheostatics play for an old friend
On October 24, Dave Bidini hosted a celebaration of the life and times of Canadian author Paul Quarrington, whose novel Whale Music has figured so prominently in the history of the Rheostatics and whose friendship has meant so much to its members. Paul has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.
The occasion included a Rheostatics 'reunion,' some of which was caught on video and in still photos. Dave Clark and Don Kerr were both present, as was Kevin Hearn, a frequent guest collaborator over the years.
Desmond Howl (how's that for a Whale Music fan?) has posted a video of the Rheos performing "Claire" to YouTube and still photos to Photobucket.
Rock photographer Beth Hamill has also posted still photos to Flickr.
DIY Rheos box set chronicles journey from birth to "good, gone, dead" Rheofan par excellence Darrin Cappe, the same wunderkind responsible for Rheostatics Live, has completed work on an idiosyncratic DIY Rheostatics' box set. Of course, some opinions may differ but, as a comprehensive labour of love borne of musical pack-rattery of the highest order, this is cause for naught but celebration. Visit Northern Wish for details about Static Journey, volumes 1-9. The 'release' concluded on the first anniversary of the Rheos' farewell concert in Massey Hall.
From the first blog posting ...
"There are nine weeks until the first anniversary of the last Rheostatics show which took place on March 30, 2007 at Massey Hall in Toronto. The curtain came down on the best band ever to come out of Canada.
"After the last show I started to put together an idea for a Rheostatics Box Set. Really a journey through the history of the band. A Static Journey if you will. I listened to live songs, albums, demos, tapes, stage banter and interviews and came up with my own idea for 'The Static Box.' "
Volume 1: The Beginning, Rheostatics and the Trans Canada Soul Patrol
Volume 2: Melville
Volume 3: Whale Music
Volume 4: Whale Music OST and Greensprouttakes
Volume 5: Introducing Happiness
Volume 6: The Sevens
Volume 7: One Night Only, Nightlines and The Story of Harmelodia
Volume 8: Night of the Shooting Stars
Volume 9: 2067, Covers and the Last Whale
The total product of nine releases runs about 14 hours and includes 231 separate tracks, including interviews, demos, outtakes, live and studio performances.
Northern Wish includes interview footage, music videos and live performance videos. The site also provides access to Darrin's insightful comments about lots of other music on the Canadian Music Forum, to boot. Well worth the visit.
Our thanks to you, Monsignor Cappe, from across the globe.
Last waltz of the Rheostatics March 30, 2007
Massey Hall, Toronto, ON.
Rheofan extraordinaire Darrin Cappe has captured lots of fan input following the Rheos' final gig on his Rheostatics Live site. Got a recording of a live show you wish to share with fans? Contact Darrin and share them with other Rheofanatics.
Rheos' legacy confirms their top-ranking as among Canada's best bands
A newly released tally of the top 100 Canadian albums was topped by Neil Young and included the work of Cancon stalwarts like Joni Mitchell, the Band, Gordon Lightfoot and the Tragically Hip, plus our own Rheostatics.
Nearly 600 music fans and critics, artists, retailers and other members of the industry submitted their votes for author and journalist Bob Mersereau's new book, The Top 100 Canadian Albums, released October 18, 2007.
In an interview posted on the CBC website, Mersereau, a reporter for CBC New Brunswick, acknowledged the list will cause heated debate among music fans across the country.
"The important part is to talk about Canadian music and enjoy it," he said. "I'd be shocked if there wasn't complaints and arguments and debates."
Based on the input of the people Mersereau consulted, Canada's top 20 albums are:
1. Harvest, Neil Young (1972)
2. Blue, Joni Mitchell (1970)
3. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young (1970)
4. Music From Big Pink, the Band (1968)
5. Fully Completely, the Tragically Hip (1992)
6. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (1995)
7. The Band, the Band (1969)
8. Funeral, Arcade Fire (2004)
9. Moving Pictures, Rush (1981)
10. American Woman, the Guess Who (1970)
11. Songs of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen (1967)
12. Reckless, Bryan Adams (1984)
13. Five Days in July, Blue Rodeo (1993)
14. Twice Removed, Sloan (1994)
15. Up To Here, the Tragically Hip (1989)
16. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Neil Young with Crazy Horse (1969)
17. 2112, Rush (1976)
18. Court and Spark, Joni Mitchell (1974)
19.Whale Music, Rheostatics (1992)
20. Acadie, Daniel Lanois (1989)
Mersereau will travel across the country to promote the new title at a series of book launches.
merchandise from Six Shooter Records Six Shooter
Records is pleased to make new Rheostatics merchandise -- including
Massey Hall concert T-shirts, stickers, posters, 2067 commemorative buttons and more -- available through its on-line store.