We started playing together as a trio in 2006 & haven't looked back. Judy handles the vocals and guitars, while Reg manhandles the harmonica and occasional percussion with Tim on the ever soulful saxophone. The majority of the lyrics are from the well spring of Reg's stream of consciousness poetry then hammered or massaged ( as the case may require) into song format, while the musical arrangements generally follow the same collaborative process but with Judy taking the lead, an idea of hers starts to take shape and then we mess around with attempts to match it with lyrics that are relatively near completion, back and forth, a little off the edges, a little more atmosphere, experiments with instrumentation and tempo, all the while attempting not to stray too far from the vibe that we feel the song requires and before we know it, something has taken shape that we call a song, or at least the beginnings of one. Such luxury doesn't exist with the RPM Challenge though. It's a complete surrender to the moment and the process, with very little time to edit, which is cool, it gives the critical side of the brain no time to interfere with the ever important vibe.
All songs written and arranged by Reg Cantwell and Judy Cantwell - Copyright 2008 Judy Cantwell: Vocals and Guitar / Reg Cantwell: Harmonica and Percussion / Tim Way: Saxophone
OTHER BAND SITES
Smallest of Pushes(2008)
About our little project, the “Smallest of pushes”... These are a set of songs with a theme that at first seems elusive, but starts to take hold by the third or fourth track. Without all the schmaltzy Moon, June, Spoon stuff, this is ultimately an album about love, the kind that is; complicated, lost, found, lost again, abandoned, hoped for, dismembered and mis-remembered. Either way they have no use or tolerance for the self-indulgent ‘purple prose of puppy love’. These are intimate and universal views of relationships about and for people who’ve been around the block, with the scars, secrets, bite marks and well worn tee shirts to prove it.
About our project "Tiny Scar" ...it's very much a musical road trip of sorts, in the theater of the mind - with equal parts struggle between personal mythology & pocketbook philosophy. The music is stripped down, bare, not quite 'gut bucket' but visceral nonetheless, contrasting with lyrics that are layered with with multiple meanings that alter the context of the storyline after each listen. This along with the careful treatment of the vocal, allowing it to stretch out in all directions, creates an opportunity for the protagonists personal transcendence, despite one's own best and natural efforts to do otherwise. With broken hearts & broken promises standing in the way, does she make it? You decide.