August 12, 2011

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Artist: I.C.U.



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Blane Touesnard (lead vocals)
Aaron Sampson (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Jeff Nearing (electric guitars)
Mike Fougere (bass)
David "Lee" Waugh (keyboards)
Darryl Gaines (drums)

Halifax, Nova Scotia's I.C.U. had a brief moment in the sun when they managed to attract the attention of Sue Medley's manager, Marion Donnelly, who wrangled them a deal with A & M Records for their Celtic/Country/Rock hybrid.

The result was a low budget album produced by Canadian guitar legend Robbie Steininger at Solar Audio in Halifax called 'Stand On Your Own' in 1992.

A small promotional tour through Quebec and Ontario was expensive on the heels of their first video for the single "A Different Place" and the band returned to Halifax, broke and disheartened. It would go from bad to worse when they were simultaneously dropped by their management company and A & M Records with no option for a follow-up album.

Harem Scarem/Killer Dwarfs manager Andre Bourgeois picked up the ball and attempted to get the band back on their feet by sending them on a tour around Eastern Canada promoting the CD. The band continued to write songs and record but with no financial backing from a record label was not willing to make the required investment to record another CD.

The band kept at it until November 1995.

Touesnard now works for Air Canada in Halifax and is now in Clam Chowder; Fougere went on to be the bassist in Sonic Brew and is now in Clam Chowder as well with Sampson and Touesnard. They have yet to record/release any original material; Nearing has been working in the newspaper and magazine publishing business since 1994.

with notes from Jeff Nearing


Singles
1992 A Different Place (A & M/Polygram)
1992 Yeah Yeah No No (A & M/Polygram)

Albums
1992 Stand On Your Own (A & M/Polygram) 314540021-2

Video
1992 A Different Place

Compilation Tracks
1993 "Yeah Yeah No No (Full Mix)" on 'Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered - Volume 5: The Sonic Explosion' (Bullseye) BLP-CD-4007












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