1626 Argyle Avenue
Saskatoon, SK, S7H 2W7
To even call Dick MacInnis a do-it-yourselfer is an understatement; a more apt title would be an artist whose medium is life. And while he's a politician, builder, technician, entrepreneur and an ordained minister, he's most in control of his talents as a musician. He's been writing, recording, and producing music both as a solo artist and as a member of several Canadian bands including Pleasurefly and the $ellout$
His songs are memorable and clever whether he's singing about love, suffering, or letting go, and his style is as enigmatic as his subject matter, skipping from country, through alternative, and into power pop before groovy dance rhythms.
Energetic, interactive, charming, and oftentimes funny, he's also got top notch musicianship and a great live sound with a professional yet easy going attitude.
Dick MacInnis sounds like:
Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Ludwig Van Beethoven, The Velvet Underground, Claude Debussy, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson, Nirvana, Metallica, Dr. Dre, Parliament, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams (all 3), Korn, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Black Sabbath, Alanis Morissette, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Whoever writes for Britney Spears and Mariah Carey, and Daniel Johnston.
After recording an EP in 2000 with Pleasurefly called "D'all Aria" (Italian for "out of tune"), Dick MacInnis wrote, recorded and produced 3 electronic albums from 2002-2004 ("The Blanks", "The Music In My Head", and "Every Bit Of Silence", respectively) under the pseudonym Risen Sun. He then co-wrote, recorded, and produced 2 country/folk/rock albums with the $ellout$ from 2004-2006 ("Afternoon at Pete's" and "Ranchtown") before writing, recording, and producing a solo full length classic rock album in 2009 called "Everything You've Heard About Love". In 2010, he wrote, recorded and produced an album in a little under a mo...
Dick MacInnis Special 2 Night Album Release Show
January 18, 2017
On February 14th and 15th 2017, Dick MacInnis releases "Black and Blue", his first full length album since 2009's "Everything You've Heard About Love" and the long awaited second installment in his "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll" trilogy. It is the quintessential "breakup album" having been written while MacInnis was in the process of divorce, addiction, and subsequent recovery from both. As the album's dedication reads:
"This album is dedicated to anyone who has ever been in an abusive relationship. Whether it was with a person, a substance or a situation, and whether you were the victim, the abuser, or simply a bystander. Sometimes we hurt others, sometimes they hurt us. Sometimes we just hurt. For the addicts and lovers, the sisters and brothers, the mothers and fathers, the sons and the daughters: Keep your chin up."
Musically, "Black and Blue" is MacInnis' best offering yet, as both a continuation and expansion on the catchy, clever, and always interesting songs he's made a career of. He brings together the professional production of his "Control" EP, the folk leanings of 2011's "Hope" EP, and the straight ahead rock and roll of "Everything You've Heard About Love" with an increased focus on rhythms and beats, giving some parts of the album a more primitive tribal feel, without losing the soaring melodies his fans have come to expect. Ever the optimist, one can clearly follow the concept of this album as MacInnis moves from indifference on the opening track, through despair, and finally into hopefulness and gratitude by the album's end.
Dick MacInnis will be performing "Black and Blue" in its entirety, as well as many past and unreleased hits, at a special two night album release show at Bud's on Broadway in Saskatoon.
More Details Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396581517041135/
Dick MacInnis Releases Control Part I
April 6, 2014
Dick MacInnis' latest release, Contol Part I is available now. The first EP was released March 26, 2014 and is the first installment of a three part concept album, Part I tells the story of the first stages of addiction, with Parts II and III continuing the narrative through despair and finally redemption. Control Part II is slated for release in the summer of 2014, and the final installment will be released after that.
Musically, Control Part I is a continuation of the eclectic tastes MacInnis has displayed on his previous two albums, 2009's Everything You've Heard About Love (a collection of 14 love themed classic rock songs), and 2011's Hope EP (a 5 song folk/country album focused on his wife's cancer diagnosis and treatment). It features a more modern sound, with louder guitars, exotic percussion, and interesting auditory illusions like binaural beats and tomatis tones. Each song flows effortlessly into the next (despite their varying styles), as each part of Control was written as a self contained "movement". It was this unique approach that led to the decision to release each part of the album separately throughout 2014. Lyrically, Dick is in his finest form. His characteristically incisive words are as personal as they are universal, handling the delicate topic of chemical dependence as only a fellow addict can: with compassion and honesty. His production is equally impressive, and as much as each recording he's released, this is his best to date. Professional without being over polished, it's the sort of album you can listen to a hundred times, discovering new subtleties each time.
Beauty Shared is the first single and is an uptempo dance rock song carries on in the footsteps of 2009's You Rock Me, but with much improved production and a more modern sound. With a driving four on the floor beat, super catchy bassline, African percussion and soaring rock vocals, it's four minutes and fifty three seconds of pure energy. Lyrically, Beauty Shared speaks frankly about the conflict an addict feels early in their addiction; as interests, responsibilities, and loved ones are pushed aside in the never ending search for the next fix. The video for Beauty Shared is an abstract portrait of the mind of the song's protagonist. The hard partying contrasts with the rationality of geometry, while we see fleeting glimpses of the big picture and all too brief moments of clarity.