Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Ballistic Pig Full Band Videos

Hi folks. We've got some exciting news. After lolly-gagging forever we've finally got some decent video of the band playing. Last New Year's Eve we played at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet and Daz, our one-time bassist and leader of our sister band Garvies took some video. We hacked it up and tried be clean the audio up a bit and here are the results


Hope you like it! -Geoff

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Hi folks, here's a way overdue update from Ballistic Pig land! As the December parties have wound down and a number of the local venues have closed for seasonal maintenance the local gigs have slowed down leaving room for fun projects like new albums and new bands.

The Ballistic Pig rock band has become a smaller part of the empire as Gef Zeppelin gigs, solo cocktail party sets and jazz-soul gigs with Tara have become more common. The rock band is still kicking though, we had a lovely New Year's Eve show at Black Rock and are already booked for next NYE so the band will keep kicking.  Meanwhile Geoff is working with a few other island musicians on a couple new projects, hopefully details will be available, soon.

Since the acoustic duo and trio shows are becoming more popular we intend to record an album of standards in the coming months to highlight Tara's voice. Also Geoff is going to record an album of acoustic Led Zeppelin covers he plans to call Swine Song to accompany his Gef Zeppelin project. Daz is hard at work setting the stage for a Garvies album and if time, inspiration and finances allow an album of original songs from Geoff may be in the works as well.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on the people who made 2015 so awesome for the Ballistic Pig family;

First off, a big thanks to all the musicians we've played with and shared stages with. From 1 time jams to recurring member, acts we've played with at local events, digital collaborators and more. One of the greatest thing about the music biz as we see it is that your competitors are also your allies, you inspire and motivate each-other to work harder, do better and explore new avenues. Without our musical colleagues lots of that inspiration would be a lot harder to find.

Secondly, but no less essential has been the venues and promoters. From event planners to bar manager, fellow road warriors and fans there are a lot of people that put faith in us to throw a good party and, without a place to play we'd probably just be nuisances to our neighbours playing in our homes.

Finally, I hesitate to use the term "fans" as it doesn't imply the mutual respect that we share with the people that come to our shows or refer their friends, clients and complete strangers to us. Your faith in our music is what makes it all work.

I really hope that in 2016 Ballistic Pig will continue to meet more great folks like the ones that have made 2015 so fulfilling. Happy New Year and thanks for listening.

-Geoff

Monday, 10 August 2015

New Weddings Website

We've just launched a new website to focus on the wedding and corporate events side of our adventure. Please visit it here: www.tofinoweddingband.com

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Busy busy!

Hi folks, haven't need very diligent with the blog lately.... so much stuff going on;

First off, my solo album Women and Losin' is now all over the Internet from iTunes to Amazon to CD Baby and many places in between so check it out, stream it, download it, whatever and let me know what you think. If you're reading the blog on the full version of the website there's a little player to the right where you can check it out.

Also, we've been playing lots of gigs! In addition to the usual Monday jam at Jack's in Tofino and my Thursday's at Black Rock we brought to full band on a mini tour over this passed weekend: Friday night we played at Wolf In The Fog as part of the Tofino Salt Water Classic charity fishing derby and Saturday we hopped in the Jeep and drove ot Bamfield to play their 32nd annual fundraising BBQ and dance... We are now all madly in love with Bamfield by the way... thanks for having us! Special thanks to Paul at Pirate Tours for a very unique and memorable tour around on his funky boat. Drummer Joel's lady took some pictures of the gig I'll post later but for now here are a few visuals
Poster from last week at Wolf In The Fog

Carina and Natalia check out Paul's Boat
Also, on July 2. Julian, visiting from the UK got up and sang a few songs with me at my solo gig at Black Rock. While I played the solo to Purple Rain he went and proposed to his ladyfriend, Liz!

Also, big thanks to Lance LaPointe for having me out to Port Alberni to sit in with his band on Canada Day!

Pretty good things happening in Ballistic Pig land lately and more to come.

Coming up this week:
-I return to Black Rock on Thursday evening for a solo set.
-I'll be playing a set of the tunes from Women and Losin' on Friday night at the Ucluelet Night Market. Daz will also play a set of his Garvies originals. I think we're on from 5-7pm
-A couple wedding ceremonies, too.

Hope to see you at a gig, soon.
-Geoff

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Advance Edition of Geoff's New Album, Women & Losin' now available!

Well folks, here it is; Geoff's Adult-Contemporary album Women & Losin' is now available to stream and download! You'll also be able to pick it up at gigs. Hopefully a small CD release tour will happen in the fall along with an edition of the album with a few more tracks.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Album Update!

Hi folks. I'm sure you're all wondering how my DIY ego-project album, Women & Losin' is coming. It probably keeps you up at night, sweating and feverish with anticipation (read with heavy sarcasm). Well I've got about half of the tracks pretty much done and the rest well on the way. I'm hoping to have the bulk of it in the can by the end of the weekend. The newest finished track is called Other Side, I found this one particularly challenging to record because it kept coming across as something a boy band might record and, while I'd love it if a big time boy band did record it (and send me their big boy-band royalty checks) I didn't want it to sound like that on my album. So I kept it simple and even a little rough. Tell me what you think.

Here's another one that popped out of the studio in the last couple days. Kind of a country meets Motown thing.... Really preachy with an odd prog-rock break in the middle.


Speaking of recording the new Ballistic Pig rock band lineup is hoping to record a few demos this weekend in hopes of not missing out on the 2015 wedding season. Stay tuned for those recordings to hit the interwebs, soon.

Lastly, I'm playing solo at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet tonight starting at 7:30, hope you can make it!

-Geoff

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Ballistic Pig Rock Band Returns! Acoustic Pig at Jamie's on April 28th

Great News! We've secured a new rhythm section for the Ballistic Pig Rock Band and will be unveiling it with an Acoustic Pig gig at Jamie's Rainforest Inn on Tuesday April 28th. Hopefully we'll be able to record some demos in short order and be able to start booking some events this summer. Anyway, meet the new players:
This is Carina Mach, our new bassist. Very talented, highly trained and super pleasant to be around. She's been coming to Tofino for years but made the choice to stick around for a while so we're putting her to work.
Long time Tofitian and multi-instrumentalist Joel Gray has been playing in various bands in the region for years. We'll mostly be working him as a drummer but there's a good chance his accordian, harmonica, mandolin, guitar and bass playing will come in handy, as well.

Hope to see you at Jamie's on the 28th to meet the new team!