Funk on, Jackfruit 

Vancouver-based funky foursome sure to strike a chord with fans of the defunct Slow Nerve Action


Who : Jackfruit

When : Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 p.m.

Where : Ocean Port Hotel, Squamish

Cost : $10 in advance at Random and Trinity Romance, $12 at the door

Chris Berry is no stranger to the Sea to Sky music scene. Any old school bums will probably have a vague recollection of his shows with Slow Nerve Action: they usually involved over-the-top antics and some seriously overt sexualization on stage. But it's been quite a while since Berry and his crew rolled into town.

"Ian (Lamont) and I... actually started a band called Slow Nerve Action in Whistler."

Berry called Whistler home from 1999 to about 2002 and played with Slow Nerve Action for almost five years, touring across Canada with their rowdy show.

"It was coined a porn funk band," he laughed. "It was awesome!"

'Nuff said.

And where did they play most of their gigs?

"Mainly at the greatest spot on the planet: The Boot. But it's gone, and I really haven't been up there since," he said, chuckling. "I've been boycotting! I want to play right in the middle of the parking lot!"

The days of Slow Nerve Action came to an end in the early 2000s, with a new band, Jackfruit, born in its wake.

During their travels with Slow Nerve Action, Berry and keyboardist Ian Lamont crossed paths with bass player Stephane Fortin, who was playing with a three-piece electro jazz funk band called Blue Quarter.

"So Jackfruit was mainly just like an all-star band that we just were messin' around with for fun at the beginning, and then at the same time, Blue Quarter and Slow Nerve Action kind of ended and we continued that with Jackfruit."

The Jackfruit project organically evolved into a full-fledged group of its own, though Berry readily admits that it's been a struggle to find the right fit for a drummer (they're onto their fifth one now).

"Sean's the man! He's our homie," Berry said, sounding a bit relieved.

The band members - Berry on vocals, Fortin, Lamont and Sean Scallion on drums - hail, originally, from all over Canada, but today, they all live in Vancouver.

Their grand plan was pretty simple: "Really, it was just to keep playing our asses off and make great music and keep going and keep going! It's what we love to do, it's the only thing that keeps us working day jobs, is knowing that we can go and play music."

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