Bitten by The Recording Bug

By Charelle Evelyn on December 3 2014

Now that they’ve had a taste, Sound Addiction can’t quite shake the habit. This summer saw one of Prince George’s busiest bands hit the recording studio for the first time, recording a three-song EP of original material.

“It’s pretty cool,” said singer Joël Kress. “People are asking for it, ‘I want a CD, I want to hear you.’ And now that we have something, they’re saying ‘this is awesome, but I need more.’” Collaborating with Darren Patterson, Sound Addiction – also made up of guitarist Mike Vigano, bass player Dan McLelland and drummer Kirby Gerrie – took the tunes written by the Gates of Oath bassist and worked them into something distinctly theirs.

“How the guys play, my voice, that all makes it our sound. If it’s too fluffy then we have to change it a little bit so it’s got a rock edge,” Kress said. Recorded at Chesletta Records, the whole process had fuelled the fire to have a full-length album, said Kress. It’s been an exciting journey for Kress, who didn’t know she could sing until she picked up a karaoke mic in her 20s. “When I first started, I didn’t know where my place was. My friend brought into his band and I kind of figured out my way,” she said. “Now that I have Sound Addiction and I know exactly what I’m doing up on stage, I want originals, I want people to be singing our lyrics and knowing our licks.

“It’s very contagious. I love, love being up there. When people are singing something back at you that you wrote, that just hits you in the heart.” Sound Addiction took to the CN Centre stage twice this year in a six-week span, serving as the opening act for God Save the Queen and Count 77. “From one gig to the next, the momentum just went up,” said Kress. “The people and the energy we got back was just so amazing and so overwhelming I actually had a little moment onstage where I had tears in my eyes and I had to take a second.”

The moments continue to pile up for Kress, who had another overwhelming moment sitting in her own living room and hearing her voice come over the radio. “I was like ‘hey, wait a minute – that’s me.’ I didn’t even know it was going to be playing,” Kress said. “It’s surreal and humbling and heartwarming to know that, wow, we accomplished that.” Like Sound Addiction on Facebook to stay on top of their busy gig schedule.

CHARELLE EVELYN

REPORTER FOR THE PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN

Journalist, west coast native, music lover. Made in Canada.

Website: pgcitizen.ca

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