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Kilowatt - 1982 Kilowatt

ARTIST: Kilowatt
ALBUM: Kilowatt
LABEL: Dallcorte
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Greg Leskiw - vocals, guitar * Steve Hegyi - guitars * Bill Wallace - bass * Bob Brett - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lovers On The Run * 02 What's On Your Mind * 03 Step Aside * 04 No Return * 05 Kids Are Crazy * 06 Forgive Him * 07 Don't Stop Waiting * 08 Loneliness * 09 Shady L'Amour * 10 Streetwise Katie

WEBLINKS: Canadian - Kilowatt

Kinda groovy name, and a band right out of the Canadian Prairies. Well sort of, Winnipeg to be exact, and a band that has some association with other local acts including The Guess Who mostly. Formed in the late 70's after Burton Cummings had pulled the plug, bassist Bill Wallace and guitarist Greg Leskiw returned to Winnipeg, to then be involved with the bands Mood Jga Jga and Crowcuss, the latter a moderately successful Canadian outfit that operated in the late 70's. When that band fall through, the pair hooked up again with a new band called Les-Q (a word play on Greg's surname). This band became Kilowatt, they toured from the Prairies of West Canada through to Ontario and back, and eventually signed in early 1982 with a new Toronto based label at the time: Dallcorte Records.

The Songs
Ex Guess Who alumni Dominic Troiano was bought in to produce the debut record at the legendary Phase One Studios, and what we got with Kilowatt was a set of straight-ahead Canadian rock and roll. You can imagine music of this vintage being belted out across the bars from Winnipeg to Toronto and all points in-between. 'Lovers On The Run' was the lead-off track and selected single, and if you kinda like very early Harlequin and possibly also Jerry Doucette Band, then Kilowatt might be worth a listen. Other mentionables include the staccato styled 'Step Aside', the nice ballad 'No Return' and the silky 'Don't Stop Waiting', which reminds me of that recently reviewed Van Wilks LP 'Bombay Tears'. Nice. Probably at the behest of their label Dallcorte (which had a couple of Toronto based power pop bands on their roster), Kilowatt chuck in a few tracks which could be defined as 'quirky' and definitely veer close to the power-pop category. Included here would be the tracks 'Kids Are Krazy', 'Forgive Him' and 'Streetwise Katie'.

In Summary
Quite a nice mixture of tunes on offer, though very dated obviously, but don't let that stop you from listening to this. The band were out on their national all through 1982 and returned in the middle of 1983 for the follow-up LP 'Currents', which featured former Wrabit drummer Gary Craig stepping into the drum-seat vacated by Bob Brett. More on this band later..

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#1 | gdazegod on June 30 2016 11:07:49
Kilowatt - 1982 Don't Stop Waiting
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#2 | Eric on June 30 2016 19:49:21
They toured Western Canada with Streetheart.
#3 | super80boy on July 17 2016 17:24:53
Like the chorus on 'What's On Your Mind', it's got that aforementioned quirky infectious vibe. The chugging blues-ish 'Shady L'Amour' is another standout with its upfront guitar work. Although 'Lovers On The Run' is a strong lead out, I would have preferred 'Step Aside' as the album single. I never got around to checking out their follow up album after I acquired this debut sometime ago. Time to investigate.
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