Liveonrelease with Kazzer and Lucky 7 at the Opera House (735 Queen East), Saturday (April 26). All ages. $10. 416-870-8000. Rating: NNNNN
brittin karroll of bc's girly rock outfit LiveonRelease calls me at 8 in the evening Toronto time. I wanted to do it earlier, but according to her contacts here we had to wait until "after school," which is just about the cutest thing I've ever heard. It goes nicely with the name of the band's second release, Goes On A Field Trip.During the course of the interview Karroll has to put me on hold several times to ring up purchases at the toy store where she works, called Just Ducky. I ask her what she just sold.
"Just some Easter stuff," she tells me.
LiveonRelease emerged two years ago with Seeing Red. I'm Afraid Of Britney Spears, from that disc, was featured on the soundtrack of Dude, Where's My Car? The record made it to 15 on the MuchMusic Countdown charts -- maybe not the most impressive feat, but more than most 16-year-olds can boast.
"We wrote that song when we were, like, 12," says Karroll, now 18, in grade 12 and on the verge of high school graduation. "This record is a lot more complex. The last one we could pretty much play at a show, but it would take about 12 guitars to play this one, and then there's all the overdubbing.
"Collette's starting to play more guitar now, though, so that'll help." Collette is Collette Trudeau, LiveonRelease's vocalist, who started her career at age four singing Celine Dion hits.
"Her parents put her in those karaoke competitions," explains Karroll. Trudeau also has four years of opera training. Her voice is actually really good, giving the record a power pop sound atop the rock guitars.
So it's pop, but not quite "pop punk" in the derivative sense offered by Avril or the many boy clone bands out there. More like pop punk rock, and due to the decent vocals, more Gogos than Donnas.
Karroll, however, never listened to the Gogos. She grew up in a rock world. Her dad, Peter Karroll, was managing Bif Naked when Karroll was a kid, so she remembers going out on tour at an early age, working as a roadie.
"You go on tour and there are no rules. You're pretty much allowed to do whatever you want. Then you come home and suddenly you're not allowed out after 9."
Now LiveoneRelease is signed to Bif Naked's label, Her Royal Majesty, even though "the first time I met her I was six and she scared the crap out of me. All those tattoos. I was, like, "Oh my god!'"
There are advantages to being in an all-girl band -- "I wouldn't want a dirty boy on my (tour) bus" -- and disadvantages, like people thinking a female gets somewhere in a band "because she sucked somone's cock.
"A lot of the guys say that. The girls are more interested because they see us doing something they think only guys can do, and they can only date those guys."
But I figure these chicks must be just the coolest kids in school.
"No. We're not the cool kids."
But what about being on MuchMusic? Aren't they impressed?
"They're over it now."
So who, I have to ask her, are the cool kids?
"Well, it's the suburbs, so, you know, the jocks."
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