Bio / Promo Writing

Andy Meyers can provide you with professional and effective promo one-sheets and bios for your album, tour, or special event. He will listen to your music, confer with you, and develop copy that will strongly represent your music. All while meeting your deadline, for a fair price, and with a professional manner.

Here's a few examples of Andy's work:

First, liner notes for an album of vintage recordings by BC Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Moberg. (These notes also comprise the background image of this page.)

“I’m going back to my people. For my people still understand.”

This CD, featuring the best of Alan Moberg’s early recordings, presents us with the roots of who he is today.

Alan was raised in coastal resource communities.  Logger Red Nicholson and fisherman Norman Brown taught him to play guitar. Folks like Hank Snow, Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley formed the basis of his early singing style as he searched for his own voice.

Alan began writing, singing and playing his songs while working in logging and on fishing boats up and down the coast.  He took the measure of the world as it underwent the cultural revolution of the late 60s. In these songs you can hear him weighing that against who he already was. Like his Canadian contemporaries The Band, he rejected the idea of rejecting his kin and his roots.

Alan recorded four albums between 1970-74, in association with producer/guitarist Jake Doell. The sound is authentic country folk-rock. At the time Alan was  working as a telephone lineman  and part-time touring musician, and releasing singles for radio. This collection features the best of those albums, and includes Alan’s three biggest charting songs “The Long Left Hand of Life” (winner of a Socan 25,000 plays award) “Tender Talking Time”, and “Lady of the Northland”.

The songs on this CD feature the loves and concerns that Alan, a quintessential Canadian troubadour, writes about still: the small coastal towns, fishing boats, logging camps, ranchlands and native settlements. In our world where “I” is king, “I” doesn’t loom large in Alan’s songs.  He writes out of love, and speaks the language of the coast. He still travels throughout BC, staying connected with these communities. 

The one difference in these songs is that they are written by a young man-- dealing with the trials and tribulations of transient relationships, the musician’s life on the road, and his quest to find his place in, and peace with, the world.

The songs are a pleasure to hear, but there is more than that. Sincerity, a depth of conviction. Still waters running very deep. Storytelling that draws you in effortlessly, and holds you till the tale is told. 

At the heart of these recordings is Alan’s beautiful voice. Singing that is exquisite, supple, and carries the song with effortless grace. A decency that is in harmony with the honest stories he tells.

This “Saltwater Cowboy” has been honoured by being adopted and given traditional names in several First Nation bands.  His work has been featured on both TV and radio across Canada, and he is a member of the BC Country Music Hall of Fame, and winner of 3 BCCMA awards.  But as Alan would tell you, his greatest reward comes from the people who have continued to love his music across these many decades.


Next, One Sheet for Scattered Bodies, a Canada Council for the Arts funded project combining texts by celebrated author Brian Brett with music written by Susheela Dawne and Andy Meyers:
 

TALKING SONGS by SCATTERED BODIES

“Excellently ominous & highly creative” Jack Rabid, Big Takeover

Scattered Bodies: an art punk innovator teams up with an award winning firebrand poet and a world-wise songstress. Their sex and death themed album Talking Songs is moody and rhythmic, laced with humanity, and filled with dark and humorous imagery born out of a life lived hard.

Award winning writer Brian Brett supplies the words for Scattered Bodies, and shares vocals with composer Susheela Dawne. Producer Andy Meyers built the tracks by sampling his Toronto art punk band The Scenics, renowned as one of the few Canadian first era punk bands who bring to mind groups like the Velvet Underground and Television. Produced at Allowed Sound Studio, Talking Songs will be released on CD/digital by Dream Tower Records, February 25, 2014.

Meyers: “The music on Talking Songs is sampled from fly-on-the-wall Scenics recordings circa 1976-82. I created songs by setting these samples- rhythm, melody and noise- into drum loops from recent Scenics recordings. Then Brian wove his subversive and darkly funny words into the music. Susheela, a powerful writer/performer who always gets to the heart of the matter, also chose some of Brian’s texts and created her own sophisticated melodies. With her tracks, we added samples after the songs were created. Susheela and Brian’s voices are richly complementary: strong, humane, layered with subtext, her smoky voice providing the ideal feminine counterpoint to Brian’s resonant baritone.”

Brian Brett is prolific and celebrated. His memoir, Uproar’s Your Only Music, was a Globe and Mail’s Book Of The Year selection by Ronald Wright: “The most exciting Canadian book I’ve read all year. ” His best-seller, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, won numerous prizes, including the Writers’ Trust annual award for best Canadian non-fiction book. His new poems To Your Scattered Bodies Go won the CBC poetry prize.

Meyers produced The Scenics CDs How Does it Feel to Be Loved (“Top ten of 2008”, J Morgan, Village Voice) and Sunshine World (“New York had Talking Heads but here was their equal in Toronto” Bob Mersereau, author “The Top 100 Canadian Albums”.) He recently co-produced The Scenics’ reunion album, Dead Man Walks Down Bayview. (“Their strongest material...This is a band that deserves to be heard.” Popmatters).

Scattered Bodies deliver a “skin crawling, subtly menacing mash”. Talking Songs--- a chronicle of “Strange lands and strange loves... soft narcotic dreams of travel and danger.”

 

Lastly, Bio for The Scenics album Dead Man Walks Down Bayview:

Dead Man Walks Down Bayview is the first studio album that Toronto punk rock survivors The Scenics have recorded since the 1970’s. Recorded at Toronto’s #9 Studio and Allowed Sound Studio on Saltspring Island, 2009-2012, the album was produced by original band members, Ken Badger, Andy Meyers and Mark Perkell, and mixed and mastered by celebrated producer Joby Baker at Baker Studios in Victoria, BC.  Dead Man Walks Down Bayview is being released by Dream Tower Records October 30. 

Like their original late 70’s work, the sound on Dead Man Walks Down Bayview is a thrilling fusion of the essential sources of punk and new wave, with the styles inspired by them. The result is an intricate yet powerful twin-guitar sound that suggests, without imitating, the power drone of the Velvet Underground and the heavenly jangle of the Byrds as well as the oeuvres that outfits like Television spun out of those same elements in the early days of punk. The material here was written over a span of several decades, but stylistically could have all come together in one madly inspired session. The Scenics consist of founding members Ken Badger and Andy Meyers on guitar and vocals, with vintage bandmates drummer Mark Perkell and bassist Mike Young returning to the fold.

Andy Meyers and Ken Badger originally formed The Scenics in the summer of 1976, joining the ranks of the nascent Toronto punk scene alongside outfits like Simply Saucer, Teenage Head, The Viletones, The Diodes, The Demics, Forgotten Rebels, and The Dishes.  With a rotating cast of drummers and bassists, Ken and Andy created a sizeable catalogue of wonderfully distinctive and innovative songs during their six years together.The group shared bills with bands like Talking Heads and were part of 1978’s infamous Horseshoe Tavern punk swansong, live album, and film “The Last Pogo”. The Scenics released their Underneath The Door debut album in 1979 followed by the "Karen/See Me Smile" single two years later before parting ways amicably in ‘82.

Over a quarter-century later, Meyers started listening to some of the more than 300 hours of rehearsal, live and studio tapes The Scenics had recorded and was pleasantly shocked "by the depth of the songwriting and the passion of the performances." The group re-introduced themselves to music lovers in 2008 with How Does It Feel To Be Loved: The Scenics Play The Velvet Underground, a collection of live recordings from 1977 - 1981. How Does It Feel…  hit the Top 30 on college radio charts and received considerable critical acclaim from publications like the Village Voice, Toronto Star, Detroit Metro Times, Vancouver Province and Big Takeover among others.  That same year, the documentary The Last Pogo, featuring performances by The Scenics and other members of the 70’s Toronto scene, was released on DVD.  Seven unreleased Scenics performances from 1978’s “Mystery Train” filming  were included as DVD extras.

Badger and Meyers then resurrected the most powerful Scenics line-up with Perkell and Young,  playing their first live shows in 26 years to wildly appreciative audiences. Sunshine World followed in 2009,  featuring previously unreleased originals and two intriguing covers laid down in ‘77/’78.  The band also began making a wealth of vintage Scenics’ material available for free or voluntary donation via www.dreamtowerrecords.com.

The band then returned to the studio for the first time in over 20 years to record nine Meyers and Badger originals.  Dead Man Walks Down Bayview  is vintage Scenics made new: jangly,  inverted pop aesthetics, wrapped up in sharp lyrics and a cascading-two guitar attack.

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