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Jane Vain & The Dark Matter


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With the Calgary music scene packed-to-bursting with promising new groups, success can come quickly and unexpectedly to a band that shows obvious talent. Since Jane Vain and the Dark Matter’s participation in the inaugural Sled Island festival last year—opening for frontwoman Jamie Fooks’ idol Cat Power—the band is starting to hit the big time. The band is now scoring shows, becoming a staple in the Calgary indie music contingent and preparing for the release of their first album, Love Is Where The Smoke Is, slated for Tue., Jan. 22.

“I was so excited about when I found out about it that I couldn’t convince myself it was actually going to happen,” says Fooks. “She’s my hero and then I was playing with her and I didn’t expect to, ever, in my life. I haven’t even released an album yet and it’s really crazy to be at this point and have already opened up for my hero and have gone on tours and signed to record labels.”

Jane Vain started with Fooks in her basement playing with recording software to get through a tough spot in her life in 2004. Though not setting out to make songs, they started to create themselves, leaving her with over 40 tunes to choose from. The album was recorded by Fooks, guitarist and member Dillon Whitfield, various musicians from the Calgary scene and programmed beats.

Fooks considers the album her key to emotional release and a healthy new take on life.

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