30 Nov 2015 by Canvas Sounds


This is how it feels to be one of eleven uprooted Aussies hunting the elusive rock and roll dream in Manchester. For the better part of a year we’ve made music, partied hard and built new lives in the great, grey north. A Blank Canvas is a platform for Canvas Sounds artists and associates to let you all in on our ongoing story – the struggles, the setbacks and the little victories that come with restarting a label and establishing acts in a city already awash with talent. It’s often worthwhile to keep a scrapbook for ideas – to record efforts, collate memories and test fresh colours. After almost a year, we’re finally ready to paint you some pictures.
So Canvas Sounds is an indie music label. Seven of us are signed to the label (FAIRCHILD, Calan Mai & Lyon Apprentice). One of us runs the label. One of us makes sure we all have fun. One of us make sure we don’t have too much fun.
This is how it starts:

Adam ‘Pan’ Lyons – Vocals + guitar | FAIRCHILD & Lyon Apprentice
Likes: Mickey Mouse, Hanukkah and pizza
Dislikes: Needless questions, chilli and Blink 182
Nathan ‘Blacks’ Lyons – Vocals + keyboard | FAIRCHILD & Lyon Apprentice
Likes: Popcorn, rom-coms and Emily Ratajkowski
Dislikes: Bacon Butties, FAIRCHILD and the phrase ‘you right?’

Timmy ‘Whim’ Voeten – Guitar | FAIRCHILD
Likes: Star Wars, Dogs and the colour red.
Dislikes: Cooked turtle, tardiness and warm milkshakes.  

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Davies – Bass | FAIRCHILD
Likes: Surfing, shakas and The Apple Store
Dislikes: Sunburn, cold showers and Nathan’s keyboard stand

Patrick ‘Patchy’ Huerto – Guitar | FAIRCHILD
Likes: Things that are cute, pretty waitresses and the colour yellow
Dislikes: Things that aren’t cute, unattractive waitresses and the colour white

James ‘Jum’ Haigh – Drums | FAIRCHILD
Likes: FIFA, digestive biscuits and stepdad attire
Dislikes: Fake snow, workin 9-5 and a lack of sleep

Jordan ‘Jordy’ Lawrence – Calan Mai
Likes: Changing outfits, dated sitcoms and frogs
Dislikes: Completing chores, being called a slave and The Gap

Rhys ‘Wee’ Lyons – Manager
Likes: Anime, tattoos and French fine dining
Dislikes: Beer, seafood and Oasis

Ben ‘Bez’ Harris – Fun Manager
Likes: Grog, knitwear and licking dinner plates
Dislikes: Sam Smith, orange chocolate and Finch

Steph ‘Steppy’ Costan – Social Media Expert Lady
Likes: Christmas, glitter and Christmas
Dislikes: FIFA, digestive biscuits and stepdad attire

We’ll see you on the line.


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