Southpacific

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Southpacific
Also known as SoPac
Origin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Post-rock, shoegaze, space rockdream pop, post-rock, instrumental rock
Years active 1997 (1997)–2000 (2000)
Labels Turnbuckle
Symbiotic
Associated acts Frihavn
Website southpacific.ca
Members Graeme Fleming
Joachim Toelke
Phil Stewart-Bowes

Southpacific (colloquially, "SoPac") was a Canadian post-rock/space rock band with prominent shoegaze leanings, originally based in Ottawa. Southpacific's guitar-oriented music was generally psychedelic in nature and filled with reverb, withyet at times contained sheets of noise and heavy drumming.

History[edit]

Southpacific's members were multi-instrumentalists Joachim Toelke (primarily electric guitar), Graeme Fleming (primarily drums/percussion), and Phil Stewart-Bowes (primarily bass guitar).[1] The trio formed in 1997, began playing live in 1998, and went on to release two recordings on the Turnbuckle label.[2]

Their self-titled 1998 EP/mini album (also known as 33)[3][4] was supposedly recorded in a ski chalet. Southpacific soon relocated to the more musically-fertile community of Toronto. Full-length album Constance was recorded in early to mid-1999, and made it to stores in early 2000.[5][6] The band never released any singles. The music was highly recording studio-intensive, using many layers of guitar tracks and subtle samples to create a dense overall sound. Only one of the band's songs ("Built To Last") had vocals,

They performed at the 1999 Canadian Music Week Festival, and embarked on a cross-Canada tour with indie rockers Tristan Psionic and Crooked Fingers between April and May 2000. The band's last performance was on August 26, 2000, with shoegaze band SIANspheric.

Post-breakup[edit]

After disbanding in August 2000, Toelke focused on an experimental recording project entitled Frihavn, which created a demo CD.[7] Turnbuckle Records soon folded, leaving southpacific's albums both out of print. Fleming and Stewart-Bowes are both currently residing in Toronto, while Toelke has been living in Europe since 2003.

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

EP/ Mini-album[edit]

  • 33 - self-released on 15 August 1998; promo release (green cover) on Turnbuckle, 1999; re-pressed (purple cover) in 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "southpacific". AllMusic Biography by Scott Thill
  2. ^ "Rockers turn up the volume, but does anybody hear?". Toronto Star, Mar 23, 2000, page E1
  3. ^ "A Completely Biased Ranking of the 60 Best Canadian Indie Rock Songs of the 00s Part II". Vice, Cam Lindsay Apr 10 2017
  4. ^ Jordan N. Mamone (31 January 2000). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. Vol. 61, No. 651: 24–. ISSN 0890-0795. 
  5. ^ "Southpacific Constance"/ Pop Matters, Peter Solderitsch
  6. ^ "Southpacific Constance". Exclaim!. By James Keast. Feb 01, 2000.
  7. ^ "Frihavn Demo .01". Exclaim!, By Cam Lindsay Feb 01, 2002

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