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Local 4207 member is living his dream

March 6, 2004 - 7:30pm EST

Ryan Buckley (guitar, vocals), Jeremy Jongejan (vocals, guitars) Rick Lobb (drums), Lon Doherty (guitar), Bill Snowden (bass).

Passion is the fuel that drives independent music and nowhere is this more prevalent than in Goderich, Ontario, Canada - home of "radio friendly modern rockers", the Ashgrove. Together since Dec 1994, with 3 albums in their roster, the Ashgrove are preparing for the release of their 4th independently produced effort. This album is the result of 3 years of preparation and is not just a collection of songs, it is an album rich in production and layering. Musical segue's weave throughout, tying the songs together so the listener has something new to discover upon each listen.

The Ashgrove's 1999 release, Photo Album, launched three of singles onto playlists at commercial radio stations across Canada, including FM96 (London), K106.3 (Sarnia), The Rock (Chatham) and FM94 (Prince George, BC). The buzz began with Beauty Myth, but took off when Never Change spent three weeks on the "Top 5 Request" chart at FM94 and the video - directed by guitarist Lonny Doherty - received frequent feature play on Much Music's Indie Spotlight. Songs from Photo Album also received feature play at a list of stations such as CFOX (Vancouver), CJAY (Calgary), Edge 102 (Toronto) and CHOM-FM (Montreal).

Licensing opportunities presented themselves in the 4 years after the release, when television programs such as Dawson's Creek, Hack, Party of Five, and a made for television movie called Fast Food High all used songs in their programming.

Veterans of the stage, The Ashgrove have shared spots with the Headstones, 54-40, the Killjoys, Danko Jones, Rymes with Orange, See Spot Run and international recording artists K's Choice, Vertical Horizon, the Verve Pipe while promoting Photo Album and their debut release Somnambulant. The band has also been invited to showcase at prestigious events such as NXNE and Canadian Music Week.
It is with mounting excitement the band finalizes this latest release. Mixed influences have crept in, from the psychedelia of the early 70's to the hot brash edge of UK rock. This latest release will prove to be as diverse as their influences, and will propel the Ashgrove in new directions.
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