is a hard rocking quartet consisting of members
Ryan Leclair - lead vocal
Deny Boucher - guitars and backing vocals
Bryan Cote - bass and acoustic guitars
Niall Mellors - drums
How long has Smeer been around?
The band was originally formed approximately 6 years ago and the current line-up has been a cohesive unit for four years.
What's the band best known for?
SMEER is well-known for their incredibly energized live show that takes people completely by surprise - check out the recent live performance review by DJ Tim McKay (the FOX, Fredericton) - "SMEER came out of the gate with full force and never looked back...they literally pinned you against the wall and made you wonder why these guys aren't already HUGE?!!!
What are some of the bands recent achievements?
SMEER has received word that "Seed", the third single off their debut CD Loud & Clear, was ranked #3 in the CFAI's (New Brunswick) "Song of the Year 2003" voting. Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life" and Audioslave's "Like a Stone" were the only songs to receive more votes than "Seed"! Pretty good company by any standards!
SMEER has been approached by an extreme motorcycle stunt video group to have SMEER music featured in an upcoming video production. The video is scheduled for a springtime 2004 release - more information to follow.
SMEER's song "MOTHER" earned 2nd place in the world renown International Songwriting Competition competing with over 7000 entrants with the judging panel including Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas, Raine Maida, lead vocalist of Our Lady Peace, as well as record company executives Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records) and Jimmy Bralower (VP A&R, Atlantic Records).
SMEER has signed a European record deal with Lion Music out of Finland that will see not only SMEER's debut CD released and distributed throughout the entire continent but also the follow-up CD that SMEER will be recording during spring 2004 - stay tuned!
SMEER are featured in the January 2004 edition of "Metal Edge Magazine" as part of an ASS-9 Records promotion. SMEER is happy to be affiliated with US label ASS-9 and will continue to foster and enhance their mutual working relationship.
Derek Silvers, the founder of the successful www.cdbaby.com, (a website that sells independent artist CD's) had this to say about SMEER recently - "I love your "Loud & Clear" CD so much I'm going to feature it on the FRONT PAGE of CD Baby for a few days. We're REALLY picky about what goes on the front page. We get about 75 new albums a DAY coming in here now, (about 30,000 total), and yours is one of the best I've ever heard."
SMEER put on an incredibly energized performance during the 2003 Canadian Music Week at the Hard Rock Café in Toronto. Reviewed by Chart Music Magazine music critic Jenny Yuen, "SMEER is progressing well towards world domination" with their refreshing sound that Jenny describes as "Soundgarden meets Metallica meets Nickelback".
A recent live performance review by DJ Tim McKay from the FOX in Fredericton - "SMEER came out of the gate with full force and never looked back...they literally pinned you against the wall and made you wonder why these guys aren't already HUGE?!!!"
Southern Ontario's flagship rock format radio station, 97.7 HTZ FM chose SMEER as one of 15 2002 ROCKSEARCH finalists for the 2nd year in a row!
SMEER is attracting the attention of important music industry players. Recently accepted into www.TAXI.com and being featured recently as part of www.demodiaries.com April 29th presentation of upcoming, noteworthy bands - they are presently receiving interest from major labels, management and lawyers from around the globe.
SMEER has entered into a licensing agreement with Sencit Music out of the USA that will see SMEER music globally promoted to film, television, internet and other commercial ventures.