Edmonton may no longer be a city of champions in the traditional sense, yet when it comes to the local music scene, there are certain hometown heroes that refuse to waver.
Enter Didgin’ for Rainbows, a supergroup that has deep ties to the ever-changing landscape of Edmonton’s live music scene.
Comprised of one part N3K Trio—a local fusion ensemble—and several other local musicians, Didgin’ for Rainbows had humble beginnings several years ago, all starting with a didgeridoo, sleepless nights and countless local jams in now famously dead venues.
With all of that history coming to a head, the group has now finally released its first, and simultaneously last album, and will be performing a farewell/album release show. The show is operating as equal parts ‘hello’ to those unfamiliar with their work and ‘goodbye’ to those who have been following this group of troubadours since their beginnings.
“We wanted to make sure we give the people something they deserve, not necessarily something they need, but something they deserve,” says Dan Tansy, band member, multi-instrumentalist and artist for the group’s album cover and promo material.
The self-titled debut album incorporates the time that this group has had to flesh out their otherworldly ideas. The album is a blitz of powerful instrumental songs that have about as much tonal consistency as a Netflix Original—and this is in no way a bad thing. If anything, it makes the fact that this group is disbanding all the more disheartening once you give the album a complete listen.
Powerful organs, blasting drums and harmonic hooks kick the door in as the album takes off, and from there you’ll be taken through a deluge of pop/jazz fusion, psych-country and bleak as hell experimental tunes in the album’s final act—all knocked out of the park with impeccable timing, catchiness, and resonance.
“The general theme for the record is that there is no theme, but as it went on it leaned into an almost cinematic feeling,” Tansy says.
The album initially began as a double LP, with the genre-hopping almost having dedicated sections for each side of the two LP’s. This was later scrapped in favour of a more streamlined single album. But remnants of this original layout are still evident in the album’s presentation.
“It starts rather pop-focused, and then as it goes forward it gets a lot more experimental and darker … We trimmed some fat and in the end and had to remove a couple of great songs but I’m happy with the end result,” says band member Warren Krick.
When it comes to why the group is disbanding, the answer is simply that each artist has their sights set on multiple other ventures, as each member is part of numerous other projects in the city.
“We’re all busy, and most of our lives are catered to doing side-projects or touring with other bands. Some of us have families or other aspects to look after, as for me, well, I’ve got cats so…” Tansy says with a chuckle.
Even though this is the end for this acid-dream powerhouse of a group, they will no doubt have a lasting impact on the local scene and showcases that if you have the tools and the talent, you can find your pot of gold at the end of your rainbow.
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