Their collaboration was humming soon after, Marc weaving layers of sound through Luke’s carefully crafted songs. Chris Osti (Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, The Action Mob) guested, playing bass on "The Prisoner", "Starstruck" and "Dallas". Luke laid down guitars and vocals, and Marc added keys, bass and drums throughout. The finished album is a bright, polished gem chockablock with epic alt-pop.
Music blog TorontoIndie.com recently called the record “ready for the airwaves”. Luke was originally the guitarist for the defunct electro-rock combo Mountain Mama (aka Rockstasy). That band’s sleazy chicken-fried synth-rock was a far cry from Luke’s current sound. Stepping out from under Mountain Mama’s heavy-metal disco bravado, Luke was free to discover his own voice and unearth a finely honed pop sensibility. Marc and Luke sought to create an organic feel for the record, incorporating a broad range of rock, pop and new wave elements.
The goal was to make a diverse album, one that didn’t toe the homogenous line so prevalent in music today. Luke also wanted to delve into a more personal emotional space, exploring loss (“Unknown”, “Promise”), longing (“Waiting”, “The Prisoner”, “Starstruck”) and urban alienation (“Hearts and Minds”, “All of Us Cities”), not to mention deep-seated anger and indignity on the topic of George W. Bush (the fiery tracks “I’m the Decider” and “Galileo”). During the writing of the record, Luke’s step-mother, aunt and mother all died in the space of a year.
The ensuing grief and loneliness provided a backdrop for much of the music that would emerge on All of Us Cities. An early demo of lead single "The Prisoner" was a finalist in the 2006/07 Unisong International Songwriting Contest. "Waiting" was included on California-based No Cover Magazine's Groupies Suck Vol. 10 Compilation, and the magazine called Luke an “amazing unsigned artist”. On the strength of his video for “The Prisoner”, he and his band won out over 500 bands for a spot in the Great Canadian Band Challenge put on by My30Seconds.com.
In September 2007, Luke’s band then challenged against five other acts for $25,000 and a deal with Universal. The contest was only their second gig, scant days after their first. They didn’t win, but Luke served notice he was a talent to watch. Luke has now formed his own artist label (Mannequin Phono) and he’s gigging with his brilliant band in Toronto and the surrounding area. 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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