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Surf's Up

Wave performs at Confed Centre during Faces of Canada

by John Bruce Affleck

Dave Thomson and Paul Gigliotti of the pop band Wave

Some would say Canadian bands rarely have songs that make any impact on radio or television stations. This all changed in the summer of 2001, when the pop group Wave released their single California. The catchy melody and sugary sweet lyrics took the nation by storm, receiving massive airplay.

Singer, Paul Gigliotti and guitarist, Dave Thomson started a band in Niagara Falls after high school. They recorded their first record Nothing As It Seems and now two years later are touring in support of their second album, State of Mind. During a telephone interview in February, guitaris Dave Thomson said "During the last tour our songwriting grew and the songs had a new level of maturity to them." Wave has already released two singles off their new disc but it is difficult to say whether it will bring them the commercial success that California did. Dave Thomson admits to feeling the pressure after having a big hit and said, "in the beginning I did try to rewrite that song." Expectations are high but Thomson says, "Personally I just tried to let go of the pressure and just write songs that are true to myself." He says he is writing at a tremendous rate and describes Wave's music pure "pop rock."

Wave is making their first appearance in Charlottetown, on February 27 at the Confederation Centre with Kristen Barons opening. Wave will also be touring in other parts of the Maritimes and the rest of Canada. "We just plan to keep writing songs and touring," says the guitar player from Wave. They plan to tour US and Europe for this album but they have experienced no commercial success there yet. They hope to reach the next level of stardom and make it into the US market like fellow Canadians, Nickleback, Sum 41, and Avril Lavigne. Wave have a positive outlook on life, which comes across heavily as almost a no worries attitude. Dave says that it comes out "naturally" in their music . Wave's poppy, happy-go-lucky songwriting, with their melodic choruses, is a formula that could appeal to a variety of music fans. Be sure not to miss Wave's live show because it is a "good reflection of our new album," says Dave. You should get your boards waxed folks because Wave is coming to town and we'll be surfing in not time.

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