The Lad Classic

The Lad Classic

The Lad Classic

Artist / Songwriter
Eighteen‐months ago Toronto's The Lad Classic were riding the critical success of their dual EPs "Lightning & Thunder" as well as sharing the stage with bands such as The Motorleague (Warner), One Bad Son (604 Records) Big Sugar (Universal), & The Beaches (Feldman); And thought things were starting to break when labels began requesting copies of their music as well as sending representatives to their shows. Among the small batch of impromptu meetings held on barstools after sweaty sets was an offer of a management deal that promised to 'take them to the next level'. The deal looked good ‐ promise of representation, influx of revenue, tour support ‐ all the things they desperately needed. The offer and it's bearer was sympathetic to their plight. He was a business man that insisted he understood Rock. He talked of former deals and future plans all the while listening to the band's grievances with the road and trying to establish footing in the current music climate. Needless to say, after a couple of meet ups to go over details the band signed up.
What followed next was a complete stop. 

The deal was a stranglehold that took away The Lad Classic's ability to act on their own behalf. Decisions were made and money was spent without their knowledge. As they couldn't represent themselves they only played six shows that year which in turn severed them from their fans and subsequent revenue source of ticket & merchandise sales. Former 'sympathetic discussions' were used as fuel for gossip between members often delivered via text late into the night. The band began to personally splinter and as a last ditch effort to regain some personal control lawyers were called to sever the management contract. Worse than money, the
whole ordeal cost the band time, trust and enthusiasm to continue.

It was in this place, after losing so much that The Lad Classic began writing their forth‐coming album.
Aptly named 'Rectifier', the album is a chapter by chapter recounting of what happens to a group of
people when they are forced to reflect on their own mistakes. From the raw "Are You With Me" to the
reflective yet bi‐polar "Half Way To Memphis" each song represents a hit they took and the bruise that remains from the impact.

Produced & Engineered by Damon de Szegheo (Serena Ryder, Barenaked Ladies) and to be
released on new label startup Our Audio Kin Records, Rectifier is The Lad Classic's acceptance of
their self‐inflicted wounds as a way to gather strength and move forward. It is a sometimes harsh,
sometimes sensitive rock document of their decision to push beyond wrongs made and continue with
scars bare. Rectifier is a reclaiming of a faith in their original goal that lies beyond injury within a
future musical place of choices made through wisdom.


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Recent Submissions

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Andrew Leib

Hey fellas, thanks for submitting. Let's dive in.

You guys are certainly onto something. It's not an entirely new musical idea, but you're carving out your lane and are on the verge of creating your own unique sound that is distinguishably The Lad Classic. Here's what I like about the tune... musicianship and vocal prowess is clearly apparent. You're all tight players and meld well together. The production is solid, gets the point across of the power and punch that you're looking for. The verse riff is catchy, the chorus is catchy. I appreciate adding at least one harmony during the chorus, adds some color to just one guy singing.
It's a good tune, nice work.

Here's some critiques, for what it's worth since this tune is already out.
It sounds like numerous songs in one. The bridge is a complete detour and I feel it doesn't really compliment the tune.
The pre-chorus build up to lead singer scream is a bit gratuitous, I'd rather get launched right into a chorus where he wails like that. 
I wanted more harmony. More color. An event catchier, anthemic chorus.
The lyrics were a bit chunky and easy... "come on baby don't shy, this is life is a little more if you try"  "no one goes a messing 'round here" etc. too surface for me, dig a little deeper.

A quick critique on the video... I'd rather see you guys playing live in a room together rather than on green screen against a random backdrop of a wall. There's no arc, there's no personality, it kind of just happens and then ends. 
I'm sure your live show is one of your main assets, so just perform your songs LIVE. If you're as tight as the recording, it'll convert people purely based on a live tight performance. I see the charisma, but the approach to this video is random and looks kind of cheesy. Give me something raw, up-close, live, and fucking loud.

Go the musician to musician route for promoting this. You guys are obviously monster players... does everyone have their own instagram? They should teach the different riffs in the songs. Release jam track version for other musicians to rip on. Then you share them on your FB and give winner free merch. Instagram is huge for finding players and new music. Jam in front of your phone every day and build fans based on your skill.

Thanks for submitting. Cheers!

The Lad Classic submitted media.

Alan Cross

Muscular stuff. I'm betting that you have some Rage at home someplace. Good. We need more of this kind of stuff right now.  

Sounds radio ready to me. Tight, well-performed, good production. Have you got a publicist/plugger working for you yet? You'll need someone to help you cut through all the noise with radio programmers and bloggers. You should also target campus stations everywhere. They love this stuff, especially if it comes from a Canadian band.

What other plans do you have after the album comes out? Any thought of approaching music supervisors to get your music placed in TV/movies/commercials.

I'll give this some love on my social media networks. Good luck with the album and keep in touch, okay?