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Safety First!

There comes a time in a rock-band’s life that one realizes the priority is no longer about landing that sweet gig, getting your instrument perfectly in tune, or finally falling in love and starting a family with one of your drug-addled groupies.

No.

The priority is, and always should have been: Safety.

“As an international traveler, captain of industry, and drummer of some repute, I’ve seen first hand the damage caused to countless organizations caused by lack of safety” said Jay Deen. “If I had a dime for every time I saw safety deficiencies ruin what should have been good times, I’d have….$23.46.”

“As a paramedic who routinely deals with people who have run afoul of their lack of safety I can assure you that the general populace absolutely should be making safety a priority.” says multi-instrumentalist Alex Needleman. “In fact,  if you saw some of the stuff I’ve seen, I guarantee you you’d think twice about roller-blades, lawn-darts and pogo-sticks.”,  adding, “That shit will kill you.”

Bassist Michael Warkentin spoke to us from his home without floors. “As a recent father, I can tell you that raising a child in a bespoke home lacking floors is definitely sub-optimal, and probably not at all safe.”, the sounds of a vomiting child echo off the walls from another room, “Honestly, I should probably go out and get some disinfectant, band-aids, and foam padding.”

At time of writing guitarist Jef Theysmeyer could not be reached for comment, although we are told he has locked himself in a room and is working on an arrangement of Men Without Hat’s classic hit ‘Safety Dance’.

Where The Hell Have We Been?

Believe it or not, we still exist.

The band is on it’s 4rth incarnation, however, we continue to trek along and the line-up contains more founding members than you might think after 20-odd years making music together.

A brief history of Saucer:

V1 – Aaron, Alex, Jay, Jef

Formed in Waterloo in 199<coughs>…we had dreams of conquering the world with rock and roll.  Well…we enjoyed being creative and making noise together and after some initial success (winning UWaterloo Battle of the Band as well as making an appearance on 1997’s CFNY’s New Music Search CD) we migrated to Toronto and cut our teeth on the local music scene.

V2 – Alex, Jay, Jef

Aaron departed and the band continued as an instrumental power-trio.  At the time this was an extremely strange setup for a band, however, having blazed the trail, we realize we were pioneers of an un-named genre charitably described as being “not-entirely-obscure”.  Hipster cred before it was cool!

V3 – Aaron, Jay, Jef, Michael

Alex departed to perform in and tour with the Warped 45s, Aaron came back and we recruited Michael on Bass duty and kept playing music with re-added (?) lyrics.

V4 – Alex, Jay, Jef, Michael

Aaron left again, and Alex, now a talented multi-instrumentalist, returned.  Having redundant bass players is a many splendorous and not entirely needed thing, so Alex is also playing keys and guitar as well.  HE’S AMAZING.

We’re all older.  Most of us have children.  In fact Jay is the only one without children, so when you see him, make sure to ask “HEY JAY, WHEN ARE YOU HAVING KIDS? because if our years of experience in rock and roll and life has taught us anything it’s that people love being asked that.

Rock and/or roll.