Bio

Adam’s Mind is a 6 piece two-tone ska/punk/reggae band from Toronto Ontario.

Comprised of melodic vocal harmonies, crafted chord progressions, key changes, walking bass lines, and a horn section – Adam’s Mind will float the boat of any music nerd.

Fans of Big D and the Kids Table, The Planet Smashers, Mustard Plug, NOFX, Sublime, Bob Marley and The Specials should definitely check them out.

They’ve played with bands such as The Creepshow, The Resignators, The Beatdown, Ghetto Blaster, Frankie Foo, Small Town Get Up, K-Man and the 45’s,  Panama Red And The Bosswich at Venues such as Horseshoe Tavern, Rancho Relaxo, Maxwell Music House (Waterloo), Homegrown (Hamilton), The 460, Grossman’s Tavern, and Hard Luck Bar.

www.adamsmind.ca

listen at – http://adamsmindska.bandcamp.com/

 


MEMBER BIO
Ronald Poon – Guitar/Vocals (2012 to Present – 150+ Shows)
https://www.facebook.com/rpoon1

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Erik Lundquist – Drums/Vocals (2012 to present – 150+ Shows)
https://www.facebook.com/erik.lundquist.33

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Daniel May – Bass (2012 to present – 150+ Shows)
https://www.facebook.com/messages/daniel.gerr

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Sebastian Demianczuk – Trombone (2015 – present 30 Shows)
https://www.facebook.com/sebastian.demianczuk

 

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Bobby Shaw – Tenor Saxophone (2015 – present 30 Shows)
https://www.facebook.com/bobby.shaw.37

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Kasey Dean – Trumpet (2012 – present 125 Shows)
https://www.facebook.com/kasey.sikora

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Get to know us!

Name: Ronald Poon

What I do in the Adams Mind: Play the G# string and spit

What I should be doing in the Adams Mind: Cleaning Toes

My top 5 records of all time:
Mgmt “Congratulations”
The Planet Smashers “Attack of the planet smashers”
Suicide Machines “Destruction by definition”
Mustard Plug “Yellow #5”
Big D and the Kids Table “How It Goes”

Last record I bought: The Decay – The Pinstripes

Best Show I’ve Been To: Suicide Machines The Mod Club Dec 30, 2010

Why:  unreal circular skank pit going at at least 30km/hour the whole time… got knocked and did a full back flip! They played first CD stuff… ALL OF IT!

Who in Adam’s Mind is the biggest pimp? : Daniel

Meaning of life: To co-exist peacefully and respectably with other species and the environment

Fav Adam’s Mind Song: You haven’t heard it!

What Flats my boat: Skanking, Ska, Asian Food, Long-boarding, Guitar, Writing Music, Music Festivals, Guitar Pedals

Interesting Fact About Me: I used to stroll around Scarbrough Town Center with oversized jeans and blank white t-shirt while listening to Britney Spears, now i just do it in the privacy of my own home.


Name: Erik Lundquist


What I do in the Adams Mind: Hit stuff, and make unintentional faces

What I should be doing in the Adams Mind:
loving, and crossing out names (we don’t get much done)

My top 5 records of all time:
The Slackers- Better Late than Never
The Beatles – Rubber Soul
Madness – One Step Beyond
The Slackers – Red Light
The Specials – More Specials

Last record I bought: Easy Star All-Stars – Dub Side of the Moon

Best Show I’ve Been To: Flying Lotus

Why: Good people, crazy vibes, doobage galore, you know

Who in Adam’s Mind is the biggest pimp? : Daniel

Meaning of life: To fill the jar with 100% happiness and to try and spread that joy to AS MANY people as possible…. and to just givr’

Fav Adam’s Mind Song: A Happy Song For You

What Flats my boat: Music, Ska, Drums, Parties, drinks, AND A GOOD LEATHER BOUND BOOK 😐

Interesting Fact About Me: Can kick Daniel’s ass at Super Smash Bros. 64


 

 

 Name: Alexandre Fecteau (sometime called Fectto for a reason)

What I do in the Adams Mind: Skank my saxophone and solve horn arrangements

What I should be doing in the Adams Mind: singing

My top 5 records of all time:
Glen Gould, Goldberg Variations, Refused, The shape of punk to come Mimi/Richard Fariña, Celebration for a grey day

Any Deerhoof’s albums (easy answer)

The Flaming Lips, At war with the Mystics

Last record I bought: Kevin Ayers, Shooting at the moon

Best Show(s) I’ve Been To: Fishbone France tour (second half of it) 2005.
Why: they are sick and I learn a few tricks in the business about be able to fight on and out the stage… and the best way to steal beer in an other band fridge is to do it naked.

Who in Adam’s Mind is the biggest pimp? : Didn’t saw no distinctive pimping signs but Mr.May pimp responsibility.

Meaning of life: To love what you are doing (or someone), one thing at the time.

Fav Adam’s Mind Song: It is a very personal question, I may tint people point of view…

What Flats my boat: what a nice expression…
Good books, VIP access passes, playing music non-stop for hours, biking… Ok I said too much.

Interesting Fact About Me: N/A


Name: Kasey Sikora

What I do in the Adams Mind: Blow my own horn

What I should be doing in the Adams Mind: Keys, trumpet and skanking all in one furious movement

My top 5 records of all time: The Beatles “Rubber Soul” Nas “Illmatic” Misery Signals “Mirrors” Nekromantix “Dead Girls Don’t Cry” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Americana Deluxe” Last record I bought: Trombone Shorty “Backatown”

Best Show I’ve Been To: A few Christmases ago I went to the Edge holiday charity show with the Arkells headlining and playing only Motown covers. The first opening band was amazing, Hollerado played after, and the Arkells rocked Horseshoe to the ground. They also covered Ms. Jackson, with a guest rapper who freestyled on Christmas themes. Their encore was all their hits, best single show ever in my mind.

Who in Adam’s Mind is the biggest pimp? : Erik

Meaning of life: To be true to oneself, and try to find out what that means for you along the way

Fav Adam’s Mind Song: Bad Guy or Sky Kittens

What Flats my boat: Instruments, languages, traveling, pho, sushi, art, comics, Star Trek, and snowboarding Interesting

Fact About Me: I’ve had chicken pox twice(I swear)


Name: E-N

What I do in the Adams Mind:
It’s all about the ‘Bone

What I should be doing in the Adams Mind:
kicking ass and taking names

My top 5 records of all time:
Change weekly, but this week are:
Fishbone “The Reality of My Surroundings”
Jamaica to Toronto – Soul Funk Reggae 1967-1974
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics – “Dynamite”
Roots Manuva “Brand New Second Hand”
Jamiroquai “Traveling Without Moving” (with absolutely no shame whatsoever)

Last record I bought:
Reggae Revolution London Records compilation

Best Show I’ve Been To:
Mustard Plug at the Riv a long time ago in a galaxy far far away

Why:
I thought I was just dancing but the bouncers disagreed & kicked me out for being too rough. You see how that is funny, no? Snuck back in the back door… Ha! Bouncer!

Who in adam’s mind is the biggest pimp? :
Daniel

Meaning of life:
see “What I should be doing in the Adams Mind:” above

Fav Adam’s Mind Song:
That weird jam from last Friday night

What Floats my boat:
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.

Interesting Fact About Me:
I am not a gangster

Name: E-N

What I do in the Adams Mind:
It’s all about the ‘Bone

What I should be doing in the Adams Mind:
kicking ass and taking names

My top 5 records of all time:
Change weekly, but this week are:
Fishbone “The Reality of My Surroundings”
Jamaica to Toronto – Soul Funk Reggae 1967-1974
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics – “Dynamite”
Roots Manuva “Brand New Second Hand”
Jamiroquai “Traveling Without Moving” (with absolutely no shame whatsoever)

Last record I bought:
Reggae Revolution London Records compilation

Best Show I’ve Been To:
Mustard Plug at the Riv a long time ago in a galaxy far far away

Why:
I thought I was just dancing but the bouncers disagreed & kicked me out for being too rough. You see how that is funny, no? Snuck back in the back door… Ha! Bouncer!

Who in adam’s mind is the biggest pimp? :
Daniel

Meaning of life:
see “What I should be doing in the Adams Mind:” above

Fav Adam’s Mind Song:
That weird jam from last Friday night

What Floats my boat:
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.

Interesting Fact About Me:
I am not a gangster



History

Before Adam’s Mind (Toronto), there was Adam’s Mind (London Ontario). In late 2011, Ronald wrote his first 4 ska songs and decided to start a ska band in London Ontario where he was going to University. He recruited Jordan Bisanz (guitar), Brian McDonagh (Bass) , Leah Brander (Back-up Vocals) and Matthew Bacon (Tenor Sax).  Brian introduced Greg Kerr (drums) to complete the line up. The London line-up played the earliest songs written by Ronald like: God Backwards, My Friend however they also played Planet Smashers and Slacker Covers.  The band had just gotten ready to play shows when something happened…

Ronald left Adam’s Mind (London) in April of 2012 because he moved back to Toronto. Adam’s Mind (London) decided to continue without Ronald and are now writing their own material with Leah taking over lead vocals. With Ronald gone and the former Adam’s Mind composing completely new music, the band renamed themselves Blame It On Brian and are now playing shows in the London Ontario Area.

When Ronald realized how much he loved Toronto and wanted to stay, he decided to recruit a permanent band. From May 2012 to October 2012, he was finished school for good, unemployed, and had no responsibilities (even his meals were prepared by Christina Poon). He wrote 30 more songs, auditioned over 20 musicians, and chose the best 3 to start up Toronto’s Adam’s Mind.

Erik Linquest (drums/vocals) – Joined May 2012

Daniel May Gerr (bass) – Joined July 2012

Ian (Trombone) – Joined September 2012

Erik was one of the first Musicians Ronald auditioned and was recruited on the spot because of his amazing ska rhythms and ability to play out of time while being on time! May 2012 to July 2012 was a Dark period for Adams Mind, with Ronald and Erik meeting many musicians who could not commit or play the songs, Ronald posted on his Toronto Ska Community Facebook group “Complete Listing of Ska Shows” to find Daniel (Also in Daniel Mager Band) in July. The three began practicing until Ian (Ex. Frankie Foo + SKAFACE) contacted Ronald on Kijiji in October to start the horn section.

Kasey Dean Sikora – Joined December 2012

Alexandre Fecteau – Joined April 2013

Adam’s Mind practiced hard as a 4 piece and were finally ready to start playing shows. In November 2012 Adam’s Mind played their first show opening for Frankie Foo and the Yo Yo Smugglers at Grossman’s Tavern, the band met trumpeter Kasey Sikora who was in the audience. While Kasey was away on his Euro-Trip in June – August 2013 Ryan Mckellar (Alto Saxophone) filled in for over 10 shows. In May 2013 Alexandre Fecteau from The Planet Smashers contacted Ronald when he was moving to Toronto because he wanted to jam with a local Toronto ska band. Alex’s ability to solve and create complex horn arrangements will soon make us tighter than ever.

Oh and  we have plans to take over the world….


Past members

Alexandre Fecteau – Tenor Saxophone (2013 – 2014)  60 shows

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Nicolas Levert-Cui  – Tenor Saxophone (2014- 2015)  45 shows

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Ian Herold – Trombone (2012-2014) 85 shows

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Joshua Rey – Tenor Saxophone (2014) 45 shows

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Matt Doughty – Trombone (2014) 35 shows

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Ryan Mackellar (2013) 14 shows

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