March 30, 2021

Artificial Joy Club “Cheeky Monkey” Drum Video

“Cheeky Monkey” was a track on the Melt album from Artificial Joy Club I was in many years ago. The album was released by Interscope Records and we toured the U.S. and Europe quite a bit for the album cycle.

Sal: Lead Vocals, Leslie Howe: Guitar, Mike Goyette: Guitar, Tim Dupont: Bass.

Gear: Pearl Reference Pure Drums – 24″x18″ Kick, 13″x9″ Rack Tom, 16″x16″ & 18″x16″ Floor Toms. Sabian Cymbals, with Cympads. Los Cabos 5B Intense Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Drumtacs and Sledgepad. With a Ludwig Hammered 6.5″x14″ Black Beauty Snare Drum.

Recorded on Presonus Studio One with Sennheiser, Audio Technica, AKG and EV mics and Ultimate Support mic stands.

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February 23, 2003

Update

I’ve been busy doing various sessions and live gigs the last few months, I never seem to have enough time to keep the news section of the site up to date. Here’s my attempt at summarizing what I have been up to.

Since my last update in mid-November I have done some one-off dates with the amazing Carole Pope and a boxing day gig with funky/hip-hop band Cosmic Juice, featuring my old band mate Mike Goyette from Artificial Joy Club. Other dates with Charley Beck, Robert Farrell, J.J. Antrobus and lots of dates with The Long Goners.

I will be doing two shows next week with Robert Farrell and Charley Beck as part of Canadian Music Week in Toronto, see the live dates page for details.

Also in November I did some tracking at Dennis Cameron’s studio, DRC Music, outside Ottawa. I also tracked some tunes with a band called Unknown earlier this month at Distortion Studios.

I am also working on a new studio project right now that we are keeping quiet until we get some of the tunes recorded. We’ve been doing pre-production and hope to record in the next month or two.

As far as drum gear goes, I just got one of the Pearl Eric Singer Signature Snare Drums, it’s 10-ply maple shell, and it’s the only snare drum I have been using since I got it. It has a nice warm and rich tone. I also added an 18″x22″ Pearl Masters Studio BRX kick drum to my collection. I wanted to have the option of using different kick drums in different situations.

I have finally added lots of 30-second MP3’s of various recordings I have done with different bands and artists to the audio page. I still have more to out up, but there are quite a few now to keep you busy for a while if you want to check them out.

A few more video clips have been added as well, and more are on the way when I have some time.

Also new on the web site is the Mailing List. If you want to receive occasional e-mail updates about upcoming live dates, please sign-up.

November 4, 2001

November Update

Just completed recording for Sarah Sedgman‘s upcoming album. Look for a CD release party in January 2002.

I also was in the studio with Robert Farrell, tracking some music for a instructional video for a sports product.

The Artificial Joy Club web site is back up, thanks to Craig Schock who has been looking after the server where it’s hosted. I still get quite a bit of e-mail about Artificial Joy Club. The site doesn’t have anything new on it, it’s just up for all the fans who are looking for it.

I have been using the Pearl Rythm Traveler Kit for The Long Goners gigs and some rehearsals. It’s very cool and it’s really portable. It is quite good sounding as well, for the size of the drums, they are very punchy and have good attack. I’m hoping to try it out in the studio some time soon.

August 27, 1998

Artificial Joy Club – German Article

ARTIFICIAL JOY CLUB

Artificial Joy Club - 1998 GermanyArtificial Joy Club kommen aus Kanada und wollten sich ursprünglich Melt nennen. Das war aber nicht möglich, weil, so Gitarrist und Produzent Leslie Howe, praktisch jedes einsilbige Wort der englischen Sprache bereits als Bandname registriert ist. Selbst altenglische Formulierungen wie “Spiv” gibt’s bereits. So nannte man sich denn halt Artificial Joy Club. Vorher gab’s die Band bereits unter dem Namen Sal’s Birdland. (Sal ist die Sängerin von AJC.) Aber das war der Band zu schwer auszusprechen. Auf meine Anmerkung hin, daß AJC ja nun auch nicht gerade leicht auszusprechen sei, zuckte man kollektiv mit den Schultern und meinte: In den USA schon. Daß die Band in Europa Neuland betreten, zeigt sich auch an der Tatsache, daß man sich auf die Festivals im Sommer freut. Bassist Tim Dupont, der einen lustigen Irokesenschnitt trägt und gerne indisches Hühnchen essen mag, schwärmt von der letztjährigen Lollapalooza-Tour, redet davon, wie toll das doch wäre, alle diese anderen Bands kennenzulernen, daß man sich als kleines Kind mit Backstage-Ausweis fühle usw. und meint, daß dies hier genauso sei. Als ich ihm erkläre, was hier auf Festivals für gewöhnlich so zwischen Grönemeyer und Aerosmith so abgeht, schweigt er still. Warum aber unterhalte ich mich eigentlich mit AJC? Ach ja: Die Band verfolgt eine ähnliche Arbeitsweise wie Garbage: Coole Gitarren, sexy Gesang, griffige Melodien und witzige elektronische Zutaten. Sogar in der Bio wird auf Garbage verwiesen. Ist es eigentlich markttechnisch sehr klug, damit quasi schlafende Hunde zu wecken und den Vergleich geradezu herauszufordern?

Leslie: Stimmt das? Ich habe die Bio noch gar nicht gelesen. Das ist es aber, warum ich Bios hasse. Bios sind für faule Journalisten, damit sie Reviews schreiben können, ohne die Platte gehört zu haben. Natürlich habe ich die Sache mit Garbage auch schon gehört. Aber ich finde, wir klingen überhaupt nicht wie Garbage. Wir sind viel düsterer.

“Ich finde, wir klingen überhaupt nicht wie…” – ist das nicht schon ein halbes Eingeständnis. Und was heißt hier “düsterer”. Wenn überhaupt, sind AJC eher poppiger. Aber jedem das Seine: In der Tat haben AJC einen Sound, der – trotz aller Ähnlichkeiten – nun wirklich überhaupt nicht nach Garbage klingt. Vielleicht rührt das ja daher, daß AJC eine alteingesessene Liveband sind. Wir erinnern uns: Garbage betraten ja als Kunstkonstrukt die Live-Szene. Ohne diese Sängerin wäre die Sache doch wohl ziemliche steril gewesen, gelle? Nicht so AJC. AJC klingen erdiger und rauher. Wie kommt dieser Sound zustande?

Leslie: Es ist nicht so, daß wir uns einen bestimmten Sound überlegen. Der ensteht so im Studio. Wir versuchen halt immer, das beste für den Song zu tun.

Z.B. auch mal akustische Gitarren einzubringen o.ä. Hat die Umgebung vielleicht mit dem Sound zu tun?

Leslie: Ich denke nicht. Ich meine, wir kommen alle aus Kanada. Aber es gibt keinen spezifischen kanadischen Sound, nicht wahr? Und Sal und ich leben schon lange in den USA, weil es dort einfach mehr Möglichkeiten gibt.

Mal was anderes. AJC kommen ziemlich modern daher: In ihren Songs finden sich zahlreiche Anspielungen auf allerlei Pop-Culture-Phänomene: Brad Pitt, Star Trek, Godzilla, Kevorkian, Beatles, Sinatra, Brady Bunch, Forrest Gump, Tarantino etc. Darüberhinaus kommt das Cover, das von Leslie gestaltet wird ziemlich cool rüber. Auch auf das Internet wird verwiesen. Sind AJC eine bewußt moderne Band, eine Gen X-Band?

Tim: Das mit dem Internet ist ziemlich cool. Wir sind da ziemlich stark vertreten. Wenn Du den Suchbefehl AJC eingibst, kommen hunderte von Einträgen. Wir können so direkt mit den Fans in Kontakt treten. Also ich finde das Klasse.

Artificial Joy Club - 1998 GermanyLeslie: Das mit den Anspielungen auf Pop-Ikonen ist so eine Sache. Zunächst mal sind Sal’s Texte ziemliche persönlich. Dazu gehören auch solche Verweise. Es ist aber nicht so, daß dies eine bloße Ansammlung von Aufzählungen ist. Auch sind es nicht unbedingt Botschaften, die da drin stecken. So suchen wir Sachen auch meistens eher nach dem Klang aus, als nach der Bedeutung. Wie bei dem Cover: Das Bild von dem Auge in der Hand habe ich zwar schon mal irgendwo gesehen, es hat aber keine sprituelle Bedeutung. Ich fand, daß es einfach cool aussähe.

AJC machen na nun eine ziemlich kontemporäre Musik. Wie lange kann man denn sowas machen?

Tim: Dazu kann ich nur eines sagen: Rolling Stones. Ich werde so lange Musik machen, bis ich umkippe. Ich meine: Wir sind eine Live Band. Das ist einfach das Größte. Alles andere ist zweitrangig.

Werden wir denn auch mal in den Genuß von AJC kommen?

Leslie: Wir sind noch nicht ganz sicher. Aber vermutlich werden wir im Sommer so eine Art Festival-Tour machen. Für den Herbst gibt’s dann evtl. eine Club-Tour.

Okay: Und wie geht es von hier aus weiter?

Leslie: Oh, mit dem Zug nach München…

Na ja, ich hatte zwar gemeint, wie es musikalisch weitergeht – z.B. mit Orchester oder sowas (das will aber nur Drummer Andrew Lamarche), aber man möchte sich nicht so recht festlegen. Etwas rockiger möchte es z.B. Tim machen. Aber egal: Zunächst geht es an den Foto-Shoot und dann gibt’s Essen…

[Erstveröffentlichung in Gästeliste #1, August 1998]

Interview: -Ullrich Maurer-
Fotos: -Ullrich Maurer-

Aktueller Tonträger:
Melt
(Interscope/BMG)

June 20, 1998

Artificial Joy Club July 1998 European Festival Dates

July 2/98Artificial Joy ClubQuart Festival
Kristiandsand
NORWAY 
July 4/98Artificial Joy Club
with Robbie Williams, Simple Minds,
The Scorpions and more.
Midtfyn Festival
Insel Fünen
DENMARK 
July 10/98Artificial Joy ClubDour Festival
Dour
BELGIUM 
July 11/98Artificial Joy Club
with Sonic Youth and more. 
Beach Bum Festival
Venice
ITALY 
July 12/98Artificial Joy Club
with Deep Purple, The Corrs 
and more. 
Dr Music Festival
SPAIN

June 19, 1998

Europe

I just added some festivals that I’ll be playing in July with AJC over in Europe. We actually just got back a couple of weeks ago from some other festival shows over there as well. I actually was able to hang out a bit longer at some, and see some bands. I saw Kenny Aronoff with the Smashing Pumpkins in Holland which was a great show.

I also saw the Deftones, Van Halen, Tori Amos, Bad Religion, Ramstein and a bunch of others.

There is now a clip of our new video, “Spaceman” on the AJC site and we still have “Sick & Beautiful” up as well.

May 25, 1998

Artificial Joy Club May/June 1998 European Festival Dates

Dates and information for Artificial Joy Club European festival appearances.

May 29/98Artificial Joy Club
New Talent Forum Stage
AJC Showtime: 10:30 pm
Headlining Acts: Ozzy Osbourne, Rammstein and Van Halen 
Rock Im Park Festival
Frankenstadium
(Zeppelinfeld)
Nuremberg
GERMANY
May 31/98Artificial Joy Club
Gibson Alternatent
AJC Showtime: 5:00 pm
Headlining Acts: Ozzy Osbourne, Rammstein and Van Halen
Rock Am Ring Festival
Nurburging
Nurburging
GERMANY 
June 1/98Artificial Joy Club
3FM Stage
AJC Showtime: 12:45 pm
Headliners: The Verve, The Smashing 
Pumpkins and more
Pinkpop Festival
Megaland
Landgraffe
HOLLAND
June 3/98Artificial Joy Club
With Catherine Wheel 
& Superstar 
Shepherd’s Bush Empire
London
ENGLAND

May 5, 1998

Back from Europe

Artificial Joy Club just finished a promotional tour in Europe where we spent a lot of time doing interviews, TV shows, photo shoots and showcases. We had a lot of fun, and we are back in Europe doing festivals this summer, starting in May and then again in July. Some of the dates are posted on the AJC site, I’ll also put them up here soon. You can also see some pictures from Europe on the AJC site.

We’ve also just finished a video for “Spaceman,” which will be released as the next single off “melt.”

As for myself, I am now playing on Tama Starclassic drums and hardware. I also did a three song CD with an Ottawa based band called THERMOclinE.

March 3, 1998

Artificial Joy Club European Promo Tour

Artificial Joy Club 1998

March 17/98 – Paris, France – Canal Plus Studios Live TV Performance
March 18/98 – Paris, – Hit Machine Studios Live TV Performance
March 18/98 – Stockholm, Sweden – Studion
March 19/98 – Stockholm, Sweden – Promo/Interviews
March 20/98 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
March 23/98 – Cologne, Germany – Viva Overdrive Live TV Performance & Interview
March 25/98 – Munich, Germany – TV Munchen – Live TV Performance & Interview
March 25/98 – Munich, Germany – Café Muffathalle
March 26/98 – Berlin, Germany – TV B – Live TV Performance & Interview
March 26/98 – Berlin, Germany –
March 27/98 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruespan Promo Event
March 30/98 – London, England – Borderline
March 31/98 – London, England – Promo/Interviews
April 1/98 – Madrid, Spain – Promo/Interviews
April 2/98 – London, England – Promo/Interviews
April 3/98 – London, England – Promo/Interviews TFI TV

December 18, 1997

Artificial Joy Club: Peabody’s DownUnder

December 18, 1997 

Back in the days when their band was still known as Sal’s Birdland, Artificial Joy Club’s resident “chick singer” Sal and guitar guru Leslie Howe used to spend their free time helping out another young singer named Alanis Morissette. Alanis, as we all know, has since exploded into the stratosphere with her debut release, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, but AJC have noisily assembled a smashing major-label debut of their own in the form of MELT, and Thursday evening at Peabody’s DownUnder, the charismatic Canadian quintet put on a display that made Morissette’s JAGGED LITTLE live show seem novice by comparison. 

Playing Peabody’s nearly two years to the day since Birdland’s last Cleveland gig at the venue, AJC electrified the sparse but enthusiastic audience throughout the otherwise chilly December evening. Opening with the deliberate defiance of MELT’s “I Say,” AJC generated some serious energy from the start. The brooding “Cheeky Monkey” followed suit, as Howe and fellow six-stringer Michael Goyette honed their razor edge attack as Sal wound herself into a frenzy, prowling the stage barefoot on an oriental rug as she sang. She’s napalm with Novocain, this one. A kite in a hurricane.

The band hit an early stride early on with MELT’s opening salvo, the sarcastic-laden “Psychic Man,” which Sal playfully dedicated to soul sister Dionne Warwick. Dripping with drama and showered with shimmering guitars, “Psychic Man” was a caustic treat. “No Shame” offered a slight change of pace, a wry look at being the underdog in a bussiness full of sharks and piranhas. “This song is about not being famous in the music bussiness,” Sal quipped as the band sauntered into “No Shame.” “We can definetily relate to that.” With muscular guitars, soaring vox, and torching solo by Goyette, “No Shame” perfectly set the stage for AJC’s first single.

As bassist Tim Dupont sprang to life with a twisted, pulsing groove, Sal introduced “Sick and Beautiful” as “a song about a few of my ex-boyfriends.” The explosive energy of the dark radio hit carried over into the crowd.

Feeling plenty of love from the audience, AJC rewarded the longtime fans in attendance with several cuts from Birdland’s NUDE PHOTOS INSIDE, including “I’m so Fucking Happy,” which perfectly reflected the attitude and wit that is Artificial Joy Club. I’m so fucking happy/My life is a dream/A day at Disneyland, Sal smirked. I’m so very happy/ I just want to scream.

“Wake Up” simply cooked, raising the temerature in the previously frigid room to its boiling point. While many of the songs on MELT have a full sound replete with lush keyboards, this was an all-out, in-your-face guitar assault. Next up were a couple more vintage Birdland treats, after which the lively Goyette coaxed an assortment of squaks and screams from his guitar for “Skywriting,” the bands soaring second single.

Their momentum at its peak AJC brought the set to a rousing finish with a funky, cosmic reading of “You’re Too Good to Me.”

Begged back onstage for an encore, Artificial Joy Club dutifully obliged with a jarring cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” that matched the power and fury of its original note for note. Sal may just be a “chick singer,” as she puts it, but she went toe-to-toe with a legend and came out on top.

If you’re among the 16-or-so million people who ran out and bought JAGGED LITTLE PILL but have yet to experience Artificial Joy Club, you’re seriously missing the boat. Their junk is habitual. It’s sick and it’s beautiful.

Bottom line: there was nothing artificial about the joy experienced in the club on this night.

by: Steven Batten

December 1, 1997

Artificial Joy Club Shows

AJC is doing a short tour, here are the dates:

December 9/97 – Ottawa, Ontario – Barrymore’s
December 10/97 – Montreal, Quebec – Club Soda with The Matthew Good Band
December 11/97 – Kitchener, Ontario – Mrs. Robinson’s
December 12/97 – Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
December 13/97 – London, Ontario – The Embassy
December 16/97 – Detroit, Michigan – Shelter
December 17/97 – Chicago, Illinois – Double Door
December 18/97 – Cleveland, Ohio – Peabody’s Downunder
December 19/97 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Club Laga
December 20/97 – Rochester, New York – Milestone

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