A brief review of the last 25 years or so...
"Permanent Waves" is a collaboration of three die-hard Rush fans
committed to delivering the most detailed and authentic tribute to the
band that first inspired them. The band is a
culmination of decades of dedication and hard work by musicians in a
variety of musical projects. In the early 90's, drummer Rick Gajdecki
was already a veteran of the Ottawa music scene, covering Rush and may
other artists in local bands such as "I'll Call Rusty", as well as
playing in original prog-funk unit "Hippie Campfire". Around that time,
guitarist Paul Joannis was busy assembling musicians for a Rush tribute
project and working on setting up all the required synthesizers,
samplers, sequencers and bass pedals required for the task. That came
to fruition with "Limelight" in 1997 and the band gained much attention
on the local scene, playing headliners at Barrymore's Music Hall in
Ottawa as well as opening for Kim Mitchell and The Headstones.
In 2001, Paul went on to form "Permanent Waves" and the band had many live appearances including repeat performances at "Le Medley" and "Chez Maurice" in Montreal and Barrymore's in Ottawa. In 2007, the band went on hiatus for a few years while members focused on various other musical, career and family-related obligations. Paul played with "The Rebel Wheel" from 2006-2007, contributing one song to their "Diagramma" release, and competed at the finals of the 2010 Fortune 500 Battle of the Corporate Bands with "The Dealmakers" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. In 2010, "Permanent Waves" was revived when bassist/vocalist Vince Langlois joined, turning it into a trio and taking the authenticity to the next level. Vince is a prolific bass player well schooled in rock, metal, jazz, blues and country, and his talents are in high demand in several high-profile acts in Ottawa such as Airliner Blues Band, Sandi Skye and Danny Sylvestre.
Around that time, Rick was playing with two of his "I'll Call Rusty" band mates in "Hippie Campfire", a band with it's own distinctive prog-funk style. The band released it's eponymous first CD in 2006 and followed up with the release of "Chasing Shiny Objects" in 2011. In 2015, Vince and Paul joined forces with the original "Limelight" drummer and played locally as "Archives", pushing the authenticity level up one more notch. Unfortunately, the drummer's relocation to the Maritimes in 2018 made logistics for rehearsals impossible and "Archives" folded, leaving Paul and Vince looking for a local drummer and a way forward. In November 2018, a common aquaintance was able to connect the missing puzzle pieces together, so Rick, Paul and Vince teamed up under the "Permanent Waves" banner. The band's chosen name was always a tip of the hat to the perseverance and persistence of a musical genre and professional work ethic that never goes out of style.
And the story continues on...
- PW, November 2018.