SNA head out on the road with first CD 

WHO: Slow Nerve Action

WHERE: Sept. 28 at Garf’s, Oct. 1 at The Boot, Oct. 3 at Moe Joe’s, Oct. 7 at the Crab Shack

The soap of beautiful women. A dream of sexually-charged little boys.

The Soap of Beautiful Women is also the realization of a dream of Whistler’s not-so-little, sexually-charged, funk rockers, Slow Nerve Action. The 12-song CD is their debut release, a focused effort considering the band has been together less than two years.

SNA insisted on playing nothing but original tunes from the get go and with a steady flow of performances under their belt, the boys were ready to head into the studio.

"It took just three days," says bassist, Benson, of their time spent recording at Seaside Studios in Vancouver. "We knew we could pull it off. We practised everyday for the week before we went in. We did one song three times, but the rest were in one take. It was the most together we’ve ever been as a band."

"We had a really good engineer, Shawn Cole. We met him after a show at The Purple Onion. He ran over to us right after our show and said ‘We’ve got to record you. We’ll give you a really good deal.’ He mixed the 12 songs in a little under 24 hours."

Although many of their shows have taken them to the Lower Mainland for several days running, this will also be SNA’s first extensive tour. And it’s no small project, with over 20 gigs planned for six weeks. The "Road Gummer" tour will take the quintet from Vancouver Island, through B.C. and into the Rocky Mountains of Alberta.

"We want to get our CD out to the rest of B.C. I think we only ever thought we’d hand them out in Whistler and Vancouver, but now we want more than that. And we want to get super tight as a band so we don’t even have to think about it and we can just go out and impress," says Benson.

"I guess we know what we’re getting into. We all live together and we’ve done trips for a few days. But now we’ll find out how big the van is… or small."

The cheeky tour title is apropo for a band whose new Web site – – includes icons of perky nipples. You haven’t heard the explanation of "Road Gummer?" It entails a moving car and oral sex. Ask the band members for full details, it’s a bit of a conversation piece.

Guitarist/vocalist, Josh Gontier, is the business force behind the ambitious – and growing – schedule.

"We call Josh a Nazi," jokes Benson. "He’s very persistent and organized. If any of the rest of us try to get in there to help we’d just screw him up."

The CD is still on the presses. Artwork (done by locals Ben Buck and Kyle Haight) has just been submitted but Slow Nerve Action has been assured the finished product will be ready to go before the Road Gummer kickoff show Oct. 19 at the Silvertone in Vancouver. Although SNA may slip in a Whistler date before heading to Alberta, the official CD release party is set for their return Dec. 3 at The Boot.


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