SECRET! The Smugglers Bio: 2004
Welcome to the wild world of the Smugglers. Whether it be playing smoky
clubs around the world, releasing countless slabs of hot wax on only the
finest international indie labels, or churning out hilarity in their
infamous on-line tour diaries, the Smugglers have but one goal: TO
ENTERTAIN. From Vancouver, BC Canada, The Smugglers are one of the longest
lasting, most energized and entertaining bands to ever burst from their
beloved frozen north. Forming back in 1988, Canada’s greatest ambassadors of
rock ‘n’roll music weren’t supposed to make it out of their parents’
basement, let alone into the twenty first century, but here they are, ready
to rock and never stop.
The Smugglers formed at Hillside Secondary School in West Vancouver, BC,
Canada. Heavily under the influence of Black Label beer, hashish, and the
raw rock’n’roll sounds of the Sonics, the Cramps and the Stones, the five
teenagers were dubbed "The Smugglers" by their high school buddy Nardwuar
The Human Serviette.
From their ugly beginnings in church basements, malls and warehouses opening
for heroes like the Gruesomes and NoMeansNo, the band slowly grew up to weld
their influences of great punk and rock’n’roll into a wildly energetic show
all their own. The Smugglers took their sweat, suits and boots on the road
and, a decade and a half later, continue to tour to every pocket of North
America, as well as sojourns into the uncharted wilds of Japan, Europe,
Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
The Smugglers live show is a legendary tour de force of energy and charisma,
involving wild antics and audience participation with such now-beloved
stunts as the dance contest (complete with a trophy to the winner - over 500
given out in more than twenty different countries), kissing contests, and
Smugglers "dream dates".
Over the years, The Smugglers have amassed an incredible and hilarious
collection of tell-all tour diaries, which are infamous with fans. The
tour diaries are available for all to read unedited
and uncensored on the Smugglers site, www.thesmugglers.com. One young fan
once confessed to lead singer Grant Lawrence that the tour diaries "taught
her everything" she knows about sex!" Ouch!
Over their adventurous career, The Smugglers have bounced from label to
label, always independent, including Vancouver’s Nardwuar Records, Seattle’s
PopLlama Products, and Vancouver’s Mint Records. From Mint, the Smugglers
have licensed records around the world to such labels as Berkeley,
California’s Lookout Records, Tokyo’s 1+2 Records, Australia’s Corduroy
Records and Spain’s Imposible Records. All tolled, the Smugglers have
amassed a mighty eight full length albums and several singles, EPs and
compilation tracks worth of loud and snotty vinyl and CDs.
The Smugglers have always been lucky enough to work with great producers
including Conrad Uno ("At Marineland" 1991, "Atlanta Whiskey Flats" 1992,
"In The Hall Of Fame" 1993, "Wet Pants Club" 1994), Mass Giorgini ("Selling
The Sizzle" 1996) and Kurt Bloch ("Buddy Holly Convention" 1997, "Growing Up
Smuggler" 1998, "Rosie" 2000). “Mutiny In Stereo”, The Smugglers latest
record, is self-produced.
THE SMUGGLERS ARE:
Grant Lawrence: voice... Beez: bass... Nick Thomas: guitar... David
Carswell: guitar... Graham Watson: drums
Life Outside The Smugglers: Yes, the fivesome do have lives beyond the world
of matching outfits and on-stage backflips. Lead singer Grant Lawrence is
the host of CBC Radio 3, heard across Canada every Saturday night. Guitarist
Nick Thomas is a seasonal geologist and also works with disabled high school
students (please, no Beez jokes!) Drummer Graham Watson is a designer and
embroider in the “Hub City”, Nanaimo BC. Guitarist David Carswell co-owns JC/DC
recording studios, which has produced bands like the New Pornographers,
Tegan and Sara, and Destroyer. Bassist Beez recently retired from his hugely
successful international phone-sex company, and is now traveling the world
with his wife between Smugglers activities.
Past Smugglers have been: Paul Preminger: drums (88 - 91)... Adam Woodall:
harmonica, guitar (88 - 90)... Bryce Dunn: drums (91 - 98)... Danny Fazio:
drums (97)... John Collins: bass (97). For the complete Smugglers Story from
88 - 98, please consult the liner notes of The Smugglers "Growing Up
Smuggler: A Tenth Anniversary Live Album" out now on Lookout, Mint,
Imposible and 1+2 Records.
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