Uneeda bit of Myles

Car­bon­ear bass player gain­ing ‘mo­men­tum’ with St. John’s punk band

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS THE COM­PASS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Myles Reichel of Car­bon­ear stops into his work at Von Stitch Stu­dios in Car­bon­ear on his day off.

The stu­dio, which has orange walls with ob­scure art­work lin­ing them, is a reg­u­lar haunt to the 27-year-old. He is ac­tively work­ing as an ap­pren­tice with mas­ter tat­too artist Danny Wil­liams, owner of “the shop.”

Reichel, who has more than a dozen tat­toos, is an artist. He mas­tered the skill of sketch­ing while still in high school de­vel­op­ing a comic book, and has com­pleted more than 50 tat­toos for cus­tomers to date.

He pulls up a black bar stool next to a dis­play case of body jew­elry and spac­ers and sits down. A smirk never leaves his face. It is ob­vi­ous he feels at home.

A lit­tle punk

Al­though cre­at­ing tat­toos is his day job, it’s the nightlife that has helped Reichel be­come a pop­u­lar artist.

As a bass player in the punk rock band Uneeda, Reichel has been a fre­quenter of Ge­orge Street bars in St. John’s, such as The Levee and CBTGs, both known for live per­for­mances of the un­der­ground mu­sic scene.

The band has also played the most sought af­ter stage on the street, The Rock House.

Reichel tells The Com­pass he has played the venue twice, once as a fi­nal­ist in the Bat­tle of the Bands 2013 in one of the big­gest lo­cal mu­sic events on Ge­orge Street. Uneeda won the event in 2012.

The four other mem­bers — Joe Dolomont, Alexis Hop­kins, Sean Whythicombe and TJ Dolomont, all from St. John’s — have been to­gether since 2007, but Reichel joined in 2010.

He was a late bloomer, he ex­plains, not­ing he only re­ceived his first bass in 2007, and only played one for the first time in 2003, when he en­tered his fi­nal year of high school.

He’s picked up on the in­stru­ment quickly, and laughs that he’s quite the tam­bourine player.

But his ex­pe­ri­ence is not a re­flec­tion of his tal­ent, which can be seen when he plays on stage with Uneeda.

Myles’ Style

Look­ing at Reichel, it would be easy to guess he marches to the beat of his own drum. His wild green hair, beard, ear pierc­ings and tat­toos may be the first thing about this Car­bon­ear res­i­dent that peo­ple no­tice.

He has his own style and isn’t in­flu­enced by trends. He dresses in what he refers to as, “Myles-style.”

“I guess I wear what I like, and I wear it how it makes me feel com­fort­able,” he told The Com­pass Jan. 21. “It de­pends on my mood, I like to dress brightly, but I like to dress in black too.”

When asked what type of per­sona he brings to the band, he gets se­ri­ous.

“I’m Bat­man,” he says, then laughs. kept get­ting big­ger.”

The video shoot had to be post­poned sev­eral times be­cause of the changes be­ing made and in or­der for the video’s pro­duc­tion crew to shoot Repub­lic in Septem­ber.

“They wanted us to be in­volved as much as pos­si­ble,” Reichel ex­plains.

The band is cur­rently work­ing on their first full-length al­bum, which is ex­pected to be re­leased some­time this year. Mem­bers are hop­ing to re­lease the video at that time.

Hype has been cre­ated across the coun­try for the re­lease of this video through a web­site called Re­verb­Na­tion, which hosts in­ter­na­tional in­de­pen­dent artists of all gen­res.

Uneeda is cur­rently ranked in the Top-10 for punk groups in Canada on the site, peak­ing at No. 3 last year, be­fore drop­ping down dras­ti­cally. They re­gained “mo­men­tum” with an­tic­i­pa­tion of the mu­sic video, and have sat com­fort­ably in the Top-10 since.

The band will be do­ing a fundraiser on Feb. 8 at Dis­tor­tion in St. John’s to help off­set the cost of mak­ing the mu­sic video.

Reichel is wear­ing gauge 00 Bat­man spac­ers and a bat­man belt buckle. He’s a big Bat­man fan.

“I guess I am seen as the clown (of the group),” he smirks.

Reichel has al­ways had a funny-guy per­son­al­ity, but dis­plays it proudly.

“That’s kind of the band’s mes­sage,” he con­tin­ues. “Be your­self, no mat­ter what.”

That is also the theme of the band’s first mu­sic video, which was recorded on Satur­day, Jan. 18.

Mu­sic video de­but

Sur­real. That is how Reichel de­scribed his time on set for the film­ing of the band’s de­but mu­sic video to orig­i­nal song “Mo­men­tum.”

With­out giv­ing too much away about the plot, he ex­plained a group of punk rock style peo­ple in­vade a fancy party. He be­lieves the metaphor of the video is be­ing your­self and not hav­ing to blend in.

The plan of a video was not ini­tially in the cards, un­til some­one from the crew of Repub­lic of Doyle, who was a mem­ber of the in­de­pen­dent com­pany Fi l igreen Pro­duc­tions, ap­proached the band af­ter a con­cert and of­fered to film it. Sev­eral pro­duc­tion mem­bers of Repub­lic are also with Fili­green.

The video was shot at the Ma­sonic Tem­ple in St. John’s with some 100 peo­ple on set from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at a cost of around $3,000. Ev­ery­one vol­un­teered.

“It started off a small pro­duc­tion of a cou­ple hun­dred (dol­lars),” Reichel says. “But the ideas

Photo by Karla Kenny

Uneeda has be­come a big name in the punk rock un­der­ground mu­sic scene in St. John’s over the past few years. Band mem­bers are, from left, bass player Myles Reichel, gui­tar player Joe Dolomont, vo­cal­ist Alexis Hop­kins, drum­mer Sean Whythicombe and gui­tarist TJ Dolomont.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Myles Reichel is a bass player with the punk band Uneeda. He is seen here tat­too­ing his men­tor Danny Wil­liams from Von Stitch Stu­dios.

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