Weeping Tile (band)

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Name = Weeping Tile


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Alias = The Wadds
Origin = Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Genre = Alternative rock
Years_active = 1993–1998, 2007
Label = Warner, Cold Snap
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Past_members = Sarah Harmer
Joe Chithalen
Gord Tough
Chris Smirnios
Mary Harmer
Luther Wright
Cam Giroux
Rebecca Gould

Weeping Tile was a Canadian rock band in the 1990s.

History

The band was started by singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer in 1993, when she was invited to fill in for the opening band at a Thomas Trio and the Red Albino concert in Ottawa, Ontario. Taking the name Weeping Tile from the pipes that are placed around the foundations of rural homes to draw groundwater away from the building, she did the show as a duo with Joe Chithalen on bass, and later added other musicians, Gord Tough (guitar) and Chris Smirnios (drums), to round out the lineup.

The band released its debut effort, a seven-song cassette, in 1994, and was quickly signed to a major label. That cassette was re-released in 1995 with the title "Eepee", and in 1996 they released "Cold Snap", their first full-length album.

Between "Eepee" and "Cold Snap", the band's line-up changed almost completely, leaving Harmer as the only original member. Chithalen was replaced by Harmer's sister Mary, Tough was replaced by Luther Wright, and Smirnios was replaced by Cam Giroux. Upon the departure of Mary Harmer, Spin the Susan alumnus Rebecca Gould (a.k.a Sticky) was brought in on bass guitar. Her presence led to the formation of The Wadds, an alter-ego band which would perform after the Weeping Tile set was completed, usually with the musicians switching instruments. This gave Harmer the opportunity to demonstrate her versatility on the drums, and showcased Gould as a bandleader and singer. Some live recordings of these performances are extant. The Wadds also recorded five songs but they were never released.

In 1997, they released their follow-up album, "Valentino". Although they were a popular draw on the live music circuit and a regular presence on campus radio, Weeping Tile never broke through to mainstream success, and in 1998 they were dropped from their record label. Later that year they recorded another independent cassette, "This Great Black Night", but shortly afterward the band broke up.

Sticky partnered with Merrill Nisker in a live project called The Shit, and later extended the "thema" of Weeping Tile and The Wadds in a group called Ass Machine. The latter group released three independent albums and was locally notorious for its on-stage aggressiveness, but no record deals ensued, despite having received media attention as a band worth watching during the 1999 NXNE Festival. Sticky now plays bass with Velvet Claws.

Harmer went on to success as a solo artist, and Wright's new band, Luther Wright and the Wrongs, attracted considerable attention with their album "Rebuild the Wall", a country music interpretation of Pink Floyd's album "The Wall".

Although Weeping Tile have not recorded a new album as a unit since the breakup, they still sometimes play together on stage in Kingston, Ontario, and sometimes perform on each other's solo recordings. They also recorded a cover of Rheostatics' "Public Square" for the 2007 tribute album "The Secret Sessions", with both Wright and Harmer sharing vocal duties.

Discography

EPs

*1995: "Eepee"
*1998: "This Great Black Night"

Albums

*1996: "Cold Snap"
*1997: "Valentino"

Compilations

*2007: "The Secret Sessions"


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