Spotlight on local music: The Rising Tide 

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Members :

Jammin' Jeremy Thom - guitar/lead vocals

Mike from Montreal - bass/backups

Phil T. Beats - percussion/backups

Where did the name The Rising Tide come from?

Jeremy Thom: We were in Tofino that epic day. The sun was shining bright, the waves begging for boards. A seven-foot barrel breaks right at the perfect time, and we all drop in, single-file. As we're riding out the wave, Mike cuts back and yells out in his Tony Danza voice, "ay-oh, oh-ay, look up!" We all looked up in the sky, and perfectly formed in the clouds were the words "The Rising Tide." Well, that's how I remember it anyways.

What are your musical backgrounds?

JT: I played in a couple of bands in Whistler before this, Truth Be Told and Forever Ends. The Rising Tide is like a breath of fresh air for me though, the band and the new style represents a bigger change in my life. Phil has played with just about every musician in Whistler over the last six years, and was a member of Kostaman And The Vibrations for about four years. Mike's played with a few people in his hometown, but this is his first band in Whistler.

Hometowns:

JT: I am from here and there; Hinton, Slave Lake, Edmonton, Mississauga, Thunder Bay, Edmonton again, and Ottawa. Actually I've lived in Whistler longer than I've lived anywhere else.

Mike From Montreal is not actually from Montreal, and neither is Phil. Okay, yes they are.

What brought you to Whistler?

Mountains, snow, beauty, anticipated and well-received good times.

When you aren’t on stage, where can people find you?

JT: When we're not writing or playing music; skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, biking, rope swinging, cliff jumping, hanging out at the lake, and raisin' the roof.

How did you end up making music together?

Well, we've all been in Whistler for about six years, but Mike and I met each other about a year ago at Black's Pub jam night. We knew Phil already and his style was a perfect match for what we were planning. I'd already been recording my solo album when we met. That album became of secondary importance fairly quickly, and we began recording The Rising Tide. We expect to be done the album early next year.

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