But a huge part of her talent and dexterity as a songwriter is her seemingly effortless ability to inject a subtext of calmness into her songs. This in turn allows her listeners to tap into the special kind of energy one discovers when teetering between the zones of outrage and forgiveness, and she accomplishes all of this without having to redirect any of the less-than-flattering light she likes to cast upon the burdens and challenges of love and spiritual health that exist in what most would agree are especially perplexing times these days. With her unique knack for pulling off this emotional kind of balancing act, Invocation once again demonstrates why Billboard Talent Net has proclaimed Kate Schrock to be "one of the best unsigned artists in the U.S." Invocation is co-produced by Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Steve Drown, and features brother Nate Schrock, frontman for the alt-country band The Coming Grass, and his guitarist, Steve Jones. DaCosta's recognizable melodic horn stylings give the record a definitive feel.
The album also features bassist Anne Deck and drummer Ginger Cote, both long-time members of the band, as well as introduces Jeff Rojo, Marc Chillemi, and Dominica-born Rastafarian musician Nyah Henderson Raised on the coast of Maine (father a fisherman-playwright, mother a grade-school teacher), Kate Schrock left home at 16, finished high school at the Putney School in Vermont, and then headed to New York City and Paris where she spent nearly 2 years working as a fashion model. Uncompelled, Kate began reading Dostoevsky and Nietzsche on park benches between go-sees in le Jardin Du Luxemburg, and sneaking into the back rooms of piano stores on Av du Maine to work on her secret life as a bad poet and budding songwriter. Inspired by the evocative work of independent filmmaker Wim Wenders, and a synchronistic day spent alone with Bill Murray walking the perimeter of Paris and swapping wild stories, Kate took a leap of fate and quit the 'biz', opting instead to immerse herself in the heady waters of philosophy and art back in the U.S. Activating this new direction in her life at the University of Chicago, she fronted Sin Embargo, a Velvet Underground-like band in Hyde Park, and worked on and off quite happily for an unglamorous $6 an hour as maintenance person at the national headquarters for the Church of the Brethren.
Kate's next journey took her to Bennington College where she studied performance and jammed with the jazz students who attended there. After completing college, Kate moved into a burned-out apartment building in Times Square and began performing in small clubs in the East Village and Bleeker Street to audiences oftentimes consisting solely of her friend Bob. When the riots in Los Angeles caused her concern about safety in the NY urban jungle, Kate ventured back to Maine where she discovered a thriving music scene in Portland and began work on her first album, Refuge, which she released in 1994. Systemically restless, Kate returned to Chicago in 1997 where she released her second album Shunyata, a dynamic recording effort that caught the attention and ears of the audiophile community and was voted a "record to die for" by Stereophile Magazine. It was on the strength of these two albums and Kate's inspired live performances that Famous Music Publishing signed her in 1998.
It was shortly thereafter that Zero Hour Records positioned themselves to release Kate's first national album, "Shooting Up On Faith," but declared bankruptcy just weeks before the record was scheduled to hit the racks. With the wind temporarily out of her sails, Kate came off the road and landed in a 200-year-old farmhouse barely 3 miles from where she grew up as a child in Maine. Uninspired and tired, Kate received a much-welcomed visit from long-time friend Dave Rave, former lead singer for the Canadian punk band Teenage Head. His presence at the farm helped to remove the jinx of a writing block with which she'd been wrestling. This unleashed the material that would eventually appear on her third album Dames Rocket, which she once again released independently on her own label.
In support of this new album, Kate began to make her way again around the U.S. tour circuit until the aftershock of 9-11dampened the live performance landscape. This sparked Rave to revisit Schrock at her farm in Maine, and with the able assistance and talents of Glen Marshall, a studio engineer and protégé of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, they put together the blueprint for her fourth album Indiana. Indiana was recorded in 4 days in a church-turned-studio in Hamilton, Ontario. It features Juno award winner Tom Wilson (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) on "If Loving You", a hauntingly heart-wrenching duet penned by Schrock, Rave and Marshall.
Rave also contributed his unique vocals to "Need", and to the title track, "Indiana." The rest of the band playing on the album is a veritable "who's who" of the Hamilton music scene, and features Ray Farrugia on drums (Junkhouse), Keith Lindsey on keyboard and accordion (Daniel Lanois), Bill Becker on guitar (Ponderoo), and Peter Rhibany on bass (Motown). In 2003, Schrock and Rave hit the road in support of Indiana and Rave's own Everyday Magic album. It was at the last show of their tour that Kate met Glen DaCosta and began the work on Invocation. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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