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Nerd band coming to Barrie next week

By Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network

Double Experience is comprised of, from left, guitarist Brock Tinsley, vocalist and bassist Ian Nichols. The Ottawa duo plays the Foxx Lounge in downtown Barrie on Thursday, Feb. 23. RYAN STACEY/PHOTO

Double Experience is comprised of, from left, guitarist Brock Tinsley, vocalist and bassist Ian Nichols. The Ottawa duo plays the Foxx Lounge in downtown Barrie on Thursday, Feb. 23. RYAN STACEY/PHOTO

Double Experience, an Ottawa-based nerd band, has carved out unique niche with their video game-inspired songs, music videos, artwork, packaging and even collectable trading cards.

The duo has played 16 countries, a wide variety of shows from video-game museums and tattoo conventions to festivals.

Next week, they’ll be at the Foxx Lounge in downtown Barrie.

They’ve played this city several times over the years as well as appeared at a local high school to tell their story and share some advice to students interested in going into the music industry.

“There’s a stigma it’s all luck (and) lazy people do music but you have to be an entrepreneur and a businessman. This job is definitely not for everyone,” said Brock Tinsley, whose interest in music goes back a long way. “Growing up, you’re on a hockey rink or you’re stuck inside doing something. We chose guitars.”

He and Ian Nichols (vocals, bass) knew each other through other bands and in 2011 decided to team up and form Double Experience.

The name is reference to video games. If they’re not playing music, they’re playing video games, competitively and for fun.

They have even incorporated competitive video games into their show and encouraged those attending to join in.

Their latest album, Unsaved Progress, which was released last spring, features musical tributes to video games and a cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s track Godzilla. The music video for it premiered on one of the biggest horror sites, Bloody-Disgusting.com

For the Barrie show, Double Experience with be performing songs off the album and road testing some new material.

Their favourite subject matter for lyrics centres on the nerdy.

Unsaved Progress is their third full-length album.

“Everything we do is nerdy in some way because that is who Ian and I are. The last album was entirely chemistry influenced,” he said. “We like science, science-fiction, time travel and godzillas (and) give people something a little quirkier.”

Tinsley’s favourite class in school was physics. Nichols has a degree in political science.

They like singing about science and, just to mix it up, perform their version of covers by other musicians such as the duo’s cheeky video of Weezer’s Buddy Holly song.

The duo - both turn 27 this year - will be including a drummer for the Barrie show.

They are playing a series of Ontario dates and make a stop at The Foxx Lounge Rock Bar and Hotdoggery, 16 Dunlop St. E. on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Also appearing are Toronto band On the Verge and guests Cadillac Blood.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., the music starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. 



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