Signs of One
THE STORY OF SIGNS OF ONE:
Phil, Steeve and two other schoolmates found Hanniball. The band plays mainly covers of The Ramones, Radiohead and Rush. Steeve begins to write music and some well-known riffs come to life. Hanniball only had a few gigs. Some may remember l’Arlequin…
Victor and Marie-France leave the band, leaving Steeve and Phil in search of new partners. After a short hiatus, Dan joins. Right from the start, the band clearly asserts its will to play and write progressive rock music. A first complete formation is reached when David and Mouse join; the band still keeping Hannibal as its name.
Mouse goes on and off and finally decides to leave during summer. Nevertheless, the band completes the writing of a handful of songs during this short period. The band establishes its headquarters at Dan’s place. After a hilarious brainstorming session, the band chooses “Signs of One” as their new name. That was just before the production of the group’s first recording: An intense week-end where four tracks, totalizing about 40 minutes in length, were recorded. A funny way to make a first step in the studio…
Yan joins in January and Signs of One is finally complete! Yan rapidly adds his magic touch to the existing songs. It is time to play some gigs! The first performance of the band is given at “le Caf’Art”, near Quebec City. Signs of One wins this amateur contest and, from then on, seeks occasions to perform on a regular basis.
2001 – 2003
Through growing friendship and musical exploration, Signs of One members experience the wonderful world of Rock n’ Roll: rehearsing a lot, playing covers, writing music, giving concerts and spending a lot of time dreaming of what future reserves…
HERE AND THERE, NOW AND THEN…
The first official release of Signs of One, HTNT, was recorded by Luke Bossy and distributed by Ipso Facto records. Honest and naïve, this production reflects the early days of the band.
The launch of the CD and the following concerts are memorable. Signs of One is then accompanied by a small crew of devoted freaks, many of them still following the band today.
After the HTNT experience, SO1 members are eager to write new songs for their next CD. An intense schedule is planned, the objective being to release a second album during the year of 2004… However, each member of the band must answer the call of their full time job, studies, family, etc. SO1 must then reconsider its timeline. All members agree that the next CD should be driven by quality and that nothing should be done to compromise this.
The material for the band’s second album is near-completed by February, 2005. Signs of One decides to record those songs as demos, in order to lay down the foundations of the future album. From this recording, the band releases a 3-song EP called Outlines, featuring early versions of Confusion, Wise Man and I, the main objective of this EP being to secure a deal with a label.
Signs of One then concentrates all of his energies on bringing the new songs to an upper level. All songs are re-worked and upgraded. In early 2006, the band is ready for the recording and starts looking for a studio. Good fortune leads SO1 to Serge Samson and his studio “La Petite Boutique” in St-Nicéphore (Province of Quebec), a very relaxing environment, among birds, rabbits and trees. The recording of Innerlands starts in June 2006 and come to an end in early 2007, with most of the tracks recorded at “La Petite Boutique” and some others at “Le Bério”, in Quebec City.
Meanwhile, Signs of One secures a deal with Unicorn Digital, a leader in worldwide progressive rock distribution. This deal ensures that the music of SO1 will be heard around the world. Let this new journey begin...