The Band

Meet The Band

Brian & Carl started working on music together in October 1999. We had a drummer and bass player although everyone had different commitment levels, so we decided to keep it simple with just the two of us. We started writing songs on acoustic guitar and recording demo's in Carl's home studio.

We settled on Big Blue X for the band name, since we both like hanging around a nice ocean beach, and the planet looks big and blue when seen from outer space. The "X" was a lazy inspiration from the band Bush X.

Brian built a sound proof room in his garage for rehearsing. He took piano and organ lessons in middle school. In High School Brian played football and tried out for the Toronto Argos CFL football team. Brain also worked as a commercial deep sea diver for a while, diving in frozen lakes in Winnipeg.

Carl plays the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano & keys. Carl started out playing the drums and recorded two albums with the bands 98DA (1992) and Mugwump (1997). Carl focuses on writing songs on acoustic guitar and piano. Carl spends spare time hiking in wild forests & the occasional desert. Carl on Twitter.

Brian and Carl both write lyrics, and share the keyboard recording on demo's.

Big Blue X played a few live gigs which included cover songs from Bob Marley "Redemption Song", Pink Floyd's "Time", "Everlong" by The Foo Fighters, and our medley of "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath with Tool's "Right in Two".

In December 2008 Brian & Carl recorded 10 demo songs "live off the floor" at B-Town Studio in Burlington, Ontario. The demo's we did at B-Town gave us the opportunity to work with producer Justin Koop, who helped take our song writing to a new level.

"Escapism Generation Waste", our 1st single was released in April 2009. In 2011 we had a full band again with Bobby Ji on tablas and John Bauld on electric bass and acoustic guitar. We played a few gigs together, recorded a demo of "Your Light", then John and Bobby parted ways to record their own solo album.

In 2012 Brian and Carl spent most of the year recording demos using a drum machine and percussion loops. Then Carl replaced the drum tracks with live drums. John recorded guitar and bass on "Mother", "The Ocean" and "Keep Calm" during the 2012 demo sessions.

War Pigs (Right in Two) was released as a single on December 16, 2019. We are planning to release a few live "boot leg" songs from 2009 and 2010, recorded in Toronto.

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