The first single â€œLetting Goâ€ received solid support and was spun on dozens of satellite and commercial stations across Canada ending up on a number of "Top 100" of 2005 station lists. The follow up single, a cover of Peter Gabrielâ€™s â€œDigging in the Dirtâ€, is receiving spins at commercial and satellite stations across the country and heavy rotation in key markets such as Winnipeg and Edmonton. This song was also just chosen as the #4 â€œpower pickâ€ in the Canadian Music Network Magazine.
A number of television productions have also picked up on â€œThis Frequency We Share.â€ Most notably, numerous songs have appeared in UPN's America's Next Top Model, MTV's America or Busted, & ESPN's Offshore Adventures. In July, retrograde won the Molson Rock Search in Edmonton, AB. This winner-take-all contest was based on both judge and audience voting and consisted of 200 bands from across the country competing for over $200,000 in prizes including recording time, video production, photoshoots, radio play, and gear.
In October 2004, retrograde released an EP entitled â€œHeadphonesâ€ in Western Canada as a forerunner to â€œThis Frequency We Share.â€ The EP had strong support from CFOX and regional radio, garnered critical acclaim from notable press such Vancouverâ€™s Georgia Straight, and went to its second pressing within weeks of its release.
After returning from almost a dozen Western Canada tours, retrograde appeared on the cover of the nationally distributed â€œMuzik Etcâ€ magazine in February 2004. The cover article focused on the bandâ€™s uncanny Do-It-Yourself initiatives. Around this time, the band inked a deal with Eric Godtland Management, based in San Francisco California. The company represents a number of successful artists, most notably multi-platinum artist Third Eye Blind.
Over the last few years, retrograde has directly supported bands such as Tea Party, Big Wreck, Nickelback, Default, Bif Naked, Theory of a Deadman, I Mother Earth, Big Sugar, & Wide Mouth Mason. The band has also performed at some of Canadaâ€™s biggest music festivals. Alberta's â€œStage 13" Festival (attendance: 30,000+), Saskatchewan's â€œRock 'N The Valleyâ€ (attendance: 50,000+) and Molson's SnowJam in Vancouver, BC (attendance: 55,000+) alongside the likes of The Tragically Hip, 3 Doors Down, Third Eye Blind, Our Lady Peace, Nickelback, Pennywise, Finger Eleven and many more.
In 2001, retrograde released their self-titled debut album. The first single "Complicated" was spun on over 40 stations across Canada and charted up to #1 in some territories. The video, shot with Triton Films (Bif Naked, Edwin), received steady rotation on MuchMusic & MuchLoud. The follow up single "Caught in the Sun" also charted on rock radio across the country.
retrograde has a strong history, especially for an independent band, but they continue to look forward. The band is currently writing new material and will be shooting a video for the 3rd single from â€œThis Frequency We Share.â€ The band will be embarking on a coast to coast national tour in February and March of 2006. The tour will include an appearance at the Canadian Music Week Festival and a showcase in New York City.
retrograde is based in Vancouver, BC. retrograde is: Toby Hulse (lead vocals, guitar); Ben Hulse (drums); Mark Lazeski (lead vocals, bass); Brendan Stoneman (guitar).
Check out the artist's website:
1. this frequency we share
2. letting go
4. no answer
5. get on with it
6. digging in the dirt
7. its over now
8. looking into you
9. worth the wait
10. the unknown
12. back where i belong