What drives a trio of musicians to form a Rush tribute band? Mainly, a love and appreciation of Rush's music, the desire to perform it as accurately as possible for other die-hard fans, the appeal of the musical and technical challenges involved and finally, the pure satisfaction and enjoyment of playing these great songs as authentically and respectfully as possible. This is a tall order indeed, and you can only get out of it what you are initially willing to invest. Time, practice, effort... and gear. Lots of gear.
Permanent Waves first came together in November 2001 and quickly made it's mark in its native Ottawa as well as outside, with repeat performances at such prestigious establishments as "Le Medley" and "Chez Maurice" in Montreal and "Barrymore's" in Ottawa. In 2007, the band recorded a demo featuring a version of "The Trees" which would eventually be selected to be included on the Silent Echoes: A Tribute to Rush CD released in 2012 on Shark Bite records.
In 2013, the band decided to present
a recreation of the "Moving Pictures" tour, the same songs played in the
same order. The source of reference material for this is not only the "Exit...Stage
Left" album and video, but also a complete bootleg recording of a Los Angeles
show from June 10th, 1981. Instead of trying to emulate different sounds
from various eras, the band concentrates its efforts to reproduce a very
specific snapshot of the Rush sound, vibe and feel at a critical juncture
in the band's history.