Made up of Nigel Tinker (Joyless Streets), Mike D'Eon (The Establishment), Matt Nichols (The Stance) and Niall Skinner (Their Majesties), Bike Rodeo play a loud blend of 1960s garage rock and '90s Brit rock. D'Eon says, "It was the first band I was in where we just jammed for a good couple months to find our sound."
The band's name comes from a guest speaker, Norbert Robichaud, who D'Eon remembers visiting his elementary school. "He would go around to elementary schools and talk to the kids about bicycle safety (and bike rodeos). Nigel said we should call the band Bike Rodeo...(it) would be a pretty funny band name."
Determined to stay true to the organic process that began with the band's first practice, Bike Rodeo use no effects and forsook digital recording in favour of analog tape at local studio Echo Chamber. They recorded three songs with Charles Austin and Dave Ewenson that may be released this summer as a short-run tape or a seven-inch. Expect a full length in the fall or winter.
With a number of local shows under their belt, including a show on July 10 at Gus' Pub, Bike Rodeo plan to tour this summer. (MB)