By Lydia Truesdell
On this Throwback Thursday, we remember a great pioneer in the jam scene, truly one of the first bands to introduce livetronica, only to dismantle too soon. The New Deal. Formed in 1998, the Toronto based three piece electronic band consisted of Jamie Shields on keys, Dan Kurtz on bass and Darren Sheraer on drums. For those lucky enough to have seen TND prior to their breakup and final show in 2011, you know what kind of energy they brought to the crowd. With ever present subtle house influences and the funky synth to keep you moving all night. Shields was a master of the keys. Couple that with the mind-blowingly clean drum and cymbal work from Shear and melodic, smooth bass from Kurtz, you had a recipe for success.
This TND playlist is littered with intense, impressive jams featuring awesome bass lines and dynamic synth. Always keeping it interesting, they knew how to slow it down, bring in some tribal influences to still keep you groovin. The energy these guys had while playing was unbeatable. The band wasn’t one to focus on the studio side of musicianship. The New Deal’s focus was on their live shows, and they were jam masters. Gone Gone Gone and Please Have a Seat were the two studio releases from TND in 2004.
Smooth and unorthodox, The New Deal would never disappoint. Much is to be missed from these gents. Gone, but never forgotten and forever predecessors of their craft. Listen to some fresh jams from The New Deal right below or just head over to our homepage media player!