If Not Now

by Jon Cuthbert

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Hi,

I wanted to share the story of the If Not Now EP release because as a music fan, I always love learning about how records get made.

Last year, I began getting very stir-crazy creatively. I had needed to step away from a project with some great people and previous band-mates in late 2015 and was only stealing time here and there to strum some acoustic guitar and sing a few songs.

Sometimes in these stolen moments, I realized I was forgetting songs I had written. That is a strange and unnatural feeling. I decided to record some songs at home at least to have some record of them. My previous home-recording experience had left a bad impression on me. I didn’t know what I was doing so very wrong to get tracks nowhere near the way they sounded in my head. I experimented with newer Digital Audio Workstations and picked up a real interface.

The first song I recorded was a lullaby for my daughter. This had no singing or acoustic instruments. I then tried to honour a promise from 2012 to record a song I had written for my friends’ wedding. This song had acoustic guitar and vocals along with some MIDI strings.

I then began work on songs with an idea of having them for posterity but also to share them with friends and family. I started going through old songs (I was in danger of forgetting) and made some nice progress with several acoustic songs.

In February of 2017, I began demoing tracks we played in a band I fronted called The Hands Up. I wasn’t going to forget these songs as I have recordings from various rehearsals and had recorded a few of the tracks as one-off’s earlier, but I did lament the fact that The Hands Up never made a record.

Surprised at how the demos were shaping up, I considered committing to making something I could be proud of and want to share with more than friends and family. I reached out to The Hands Up guitarist Mike Vivier to gauge his interest in adding his talent and textures to the tracks. Mike signed up wholeheartedly and we tracked together on a very fun night in April and another in June. I did the vocals, rhythm guitar, bass, synths, and MIDI instruments in my basement after work and at later at night. Adrian Solarino agreed to track the drums for this project and they were recorded at a rehearsal space belonging to Martin Bourdeau, Isaac Berzins, and Cory Thompson. Corey engineered the drums and Isaac shot some video and snapped some pics. I cannot thank the people named above enough for making this project a reality. I am in their debt.

I learned a great deal and have a newfound appreciation for any record in any genre that gets made and released. In reality, this is all a bit like fantasy camp for me- I get to follow the same processes as my musical heroes and experience the same feelings when sharing something you create. I was also pleasantly surprised by the number of people out there helping others and freely sharing their knowledge. Whenever I got stuck, there was someone out there to help.

Have you ever taken a leap of faith or tried to build something using only the tools around you? Have others helped you knock something off of your bucket list? If so, I’d love to hear all about it.

-JC

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released September 1, 2017

BACKED DOWN
(J.Cuthbert, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass
Adrian Solarino - Drums

NIGHT LIKE THIS
(J.Cuthbert, M.Vivier, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass / Keyboard
Mike Vivier - Lead Guitar
Adrian Solarino - Drums

SUGAR ARE YOU SURE
(J.Cuthbert, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass
Mike Vivier - Lead Guitar
Adrian Solarino - Drums

C’MON
(J.Cuthbert, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass / Synthesizer
Mike Vivier - Lead Guitar
Adrian Solarino - Drums

GETTING GONE
(J.Cuthbert, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass
Adrian Solarino - Drums

FINDING THE LIGHT
(J.Cuthbert, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass / Keyboard / Synthesizer
Mike Vivier - Lead Guitar
Adrian Solarino - Drums

All songs produced, arranged, engineered, and mixed by Jon Cuthbert except “C’Mon” arranged by Jon Cuthbert and J.F.Coley. All drums engineered by Corey Thompson.

All songs mastered by The Sound Lab at Disc Makers.


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Jon Cuthbert Montreal, Québec

From his Montreal basement, Cuthbert is releasing an Extended Play record and a handful of singles in 2017. The music is at times reminiscent of Oasis, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, The Killers, and The Black Keys, and at others calls to mind Ryan Adams, Joel Plaskett, Elliot Smith, and the softer offerings of U2 or Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. ... more

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Track Name: Backed Down
I'd show you around
But I'm just too square
There's something funny going on
I can feel it in the air

All the faces we ran from
Well they look afraid
And I don't feel like picking up
The mess that they made

We got 'em
Backed down and out on the run
They were
Too tight and came undone
I got
Hands of sound and feet of speed
Come on darling
Dance with me tonight

I know it took a while
But I think we're on the mend
We're young and strong
They can't hold us back my friend

We got 'em
Backed down and out on the run
They were
Too tight and came undone
I got
Hands of sound and feet of speed
Come on darling dance with me tonight

We stayed up all night
Waiting for the world to be ours
I fall asleep at dawn
I'm out for fourteen hours

Backed down and out on the run
They were
Too tight and came undone
I got
Hands of sound and feet of speed
Come on darling dance with me tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Track Name: Night Like This
Come on
It's on
There'll never be another night quite like this one
Another night like this

For too long
You've waited
For another chance to come along
Waiting for your chance now

All you gotta do is tell me that you want me to
Then all you gotta say is nothing at all

All you you gotta do is tell me that you want me to
Then all you gotta say is nothing at all

What you want
You'd have it
If you could see it sitting there is your hands
It's there for the taking

All you gotta do is tell me that you want me to
Then all you gotta say is nothing at all

All you you gotta do is tell me that you want me to
Then all you gotta say is nothing at all

All you gotta do is tell me that you want me to
Then all you gotta say is nothing at all

All you you gotta do is tell me that you want me to
Then all you gotta say is nothing at all

All you you gotta do is tell me that you want me to
Then all you gotta say is nothing at all
Track Name: Sugar Are You Sure
Born in the working class
You got a small town heart and big city smile
They take your photograph, say they'll call you
They've been looking for you for quite a while

Your feet are so sure on the busted pavement
You got rhythm but there ain't no sound
Want some advice well I got it
Strike first before they burn you down 'cause they'll

Get you where your going
But they won't tell you you can't go back
Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine
Like that

You're worth the most to them
When you're so young and so confused
Ain't it a drag when you find out,
That they, got you used to being used 'cause they'll

Get you where your going
But they won't tell you you can't go back
Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine
Like that

They'll get you where your going
They just won't tell you you can't go back
Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine

They call themselves friends and they don't know your name
They polished the apple and they offered you fame
Is this what you meant when you said you'd go far?
Well tonight, you'll be a rock and roll star

They'll get you where you're going

They'll get you where your going
They just won't tell you you can't go back
Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine

They'll get you where your going
They just won't tell you you can't go back
Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine
Like that

They'll get you where your going
They just don't tell you you can't go back
Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine
Like that
Track Name: C'mon
We can't lie we weren't made for this city
But it don't matter tonight
I got the beat, in my bones
You've got the neon in your eyes

Come on, come on
You weren't born to just fall in line
Come on, come on
If you want, you'll burn as bright as the stars that shine

I feel it coming that moment when we
Fall right into place
Become more than the sum of our parts
I'll read more than what's on your face

Come on, come on
You weren't born to just fall in line
Come on, come on
If you want, you'll burn as bright as the stars that shine

The evil's not that they tell you you can't
But that they won't let you try
They think their only shot at redemption
Is for you to waste your life

Come on, come on
You weren't born to just fall in line
Come on, come on
If you want, you'll burn as bright as the stars that shine

We're not under-achievers baby
We just let them deceive us lately
They want to scare you to go back home
Make you think that you can't make it on your own

Come on, come on
You weren't born to just fall in line
Come on, come on
If you want, you'll burn as bright as the stars that shine
Come on, come on
You weren't born to just fall in line
Come on, come on
If you want, you'll burn as bright as the stars that shine

Stars that shine
Stars that shine
Stars that shine
Stars that shine
Stars that shine
Stars that shine
Track Name: Getting Gone
Can't even find a new way to waste my days
I need an expanse, an escape, some open space

I'm gone before the second time that she calls my name
Pedal on the floor, I'm gonna outrun the blame

There's nothing you can say to make me turn
I'm scorching earth and well, now, this is the burn

I'd love to stay
But I done too many wrongs
To set 'em right
I'm getting gone

Maybe if I, were just to stand my ground
I wouldn't have to burn the bridge out of another town

Fixing things is more work than these hands can take
I'll leave somebody else to clean the mistakes I make, that I make

I'd love to stay
But I done too many wrongs
To set 'em right
I'm getting gone
I'm getting gone

Somewhere I know
That it's the coward who runs away
Someday I'll look in the mirror
But not today

I'd love to stay

But I done too many wrongs
To set 'em right
I'm getting gone
I'm getting gone
I'm getting gone
I'm getting gone
I'm getting gone
Track Name: Finding the Light
Thought I was speaking out but they
Had me singing the party song
Turns out my hands weren't tied
I had my eyes closed all along

I've been in the dark for too long
Now I'm finding the light

Didn't know I'd but my tongue
Till I tasted the blood
Things'l be different now
That we know, that we see just we've done
(I won't be an accomplice, I won't be an accomplice)

We've been in the dark for too long
Now we're finding the light

We're finding the light
We're finding the light

We're on fire 'cause we know we can change it now
(I won't be an accomplice, I won't be an accomplice)
We're on fire 'cause we know we can change it now
(I won't be an accomplice, I won't be an accomplice)
We're on fire 'cause we know we can change it now
(I won't be an accomplice, I won't be an accomplice)
It now
It now
It now
It now

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