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High Fiver

One Hundred Dollars' Simone Schmidt feeds her creative force with new band

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"A band's like a nice functioning organism until it's not and it kind of needs a break," says Simone Schmidt, leader of Toronto alt-country outfit One Hundred Dollars, which is on hiatus. "A lot of times the market or something external dictates whether a band continues or keeps working, but you can't let that dominate your creative force." The SappyFest-bound Schmidt will stop in at Gus' with her new unit Fiver, featuring most of OHD. "The narratives are a lot less explicit, though I'm still writing in character," she says. "With country music the formula is clear--- telling a story with a beginning, a middle and an end, whether or not there's a resolution. They're not confessional because I still don't find it to be interesting to write that way. Or I do, but I don't feel like it's for the public." There's a record in the wings, but for now you'll have to make do with a home-recorded EP and a two-song seven-inch, including the slow-burning lead single "Oh Sienna," which "is kind of like losing your belief in something. Though I read somewhere it was about drugs," says Schmidt, laughing. "Ultimately that's probably the difference between the projects---you couldn't really misinterpret the One Hundred Dollars songs that much." --Tara Thorne

w/Jon McKiel, BA Johnston and Old and Weird, Thursday August 2, Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, 10pm

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