Oral Compensation

Punk / Hardrock / Progressive from Coquitlam BC
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Oral Compensation

Label: Indie
since circa 2006
Oral Compensation was founded by and is operated by Bean, who began her soul exposing song writing at a very young age.

After struggling along for several years in various cover bands through the inherent biased and somewhat sexist beliefs held by some in the music industry, Bean found her home in 1998, in a genre mixed with punk, hard rock, progressive rock, flavours of goth at times, and definite flavours of metal. Her style is a mix of angry, biting lyrics, hard hitting vocals, and menacing guitar riffs.

In 2006, she began her own project, which was the birth of Oral Compensation.

"My husband is the one that came up with the name for the band," says Bean with a smile. "The minute I heard it, I knew it was the perfect name for my band. He had one definition, and I had an entirely different meaning to the name, and of course I am just enough of a bad girl, to not really give a damn what definition you think I mean."

She means it too. Seldom will you meet a more hard core rocker chic then Bean, from her now white and electric blue hair (which changes regularly), to her tattoos and piercings, to just the way she carries herself.

Bean began recording with her frist producer in October of 2006, and without the luxury of having a full band at the time. The first song she recorded was "Because of You" (English Version), which was a song she had written only the night before recording. Recorded by Roger Mowat of Jam Factory Studio in Port Coquitlam, BC, Bean played the rhythm guitar part, and sang the lead vocals, while Roger played the lead guitar part, the bass part, and sang back up vocals.

After recording three songs together, along with writing "Givers & Takers" together, Roger joined Bean and her first band full band was formed in early November of 2006.

Bean played with this group, and used Roger as a producer, until July of 2007, when differences in the band members goals for the band forced them all to part ways.

Instead of Bean allowing the band's momentum to slow down, Bean performed as a solo artist for a year, hiring professional musicians to play with her during performances, and continued to develop and write new music.

Every song was written by Bean lyrically, and only one song was not written by her musically, although she did write the melody and chordal structures. "I've always taken pride in the fact that I wrote all my own music. The lead guitarist would always have free rein on his input, but I was the one that came up with the lyrics, the melody, the chord structures. Sometimes I will sing the idea to my guitarist. I'll tell him the sound we need and we work on it until that sound is achieved. Or at least that's how it first started. Now I can play guitar efficiently enough to come up with a lot more."

Bean's song writing abilities make her a strong contender in the world of female rock and even steps it up a notch. Her sound follows no one and is quite unique unto her own. If asked who Oral Compensation sounds like you would have to judge it on a song by song basis; sometimes having a Bif Naked feel, other times Garbage, and still other times Hole. None of her songs sound the same giving Oral Compensation a diverse sound of a little punk, a lotta hard rock, and a flavour of metal.

When asked what her plans are for Oral Compensation in the future she smiles and replies "To take the world by storm."

In July of 2008, Bean reunited with Roger Mowat, and began writing music with him again, and shortly thereafter, Roger again joined Oral Compensation as the master shredder, then Bean added two new members to her crew, which consist of Colin on Guitar 2, and Mark (from Re-Entry)on drums. "I feel really great about these guys," says Bean with a smile. "They're really a talented bunch, and I am excited to be playing with them. We have a really great chemistry together that really comes across well in our live performances."

When asked what her plans are for Oral Compensation in the future she smiles and replies "To take the world by storm."

Their new producer is Doug Fury, of Fortissimo Studios, in Vancouver, BC, who has produced and was lead guitarist for Bif Naked. Set to go into the studio in September of 2008, they hope to release their full length album, "Linen," in early 2009.

They receive regular airplay on PHC Radio, which is a web station based out of Edmonton, Alberta, and CBC Radio 3.

Touted as one of the most energetic in stage performances and musically talented groups in the lower mainland, you won't regret catiching a live shoe. They'll be rockin' your city real soon!

Their six song disc "Breakin' Through" is available now for $5.00 plus shipping and handling. For purchasing details, send a message to the band. Don't miss your chance to own this CD

Want Oral Compensation to rock your pub or function? For booking information, send an e-mail to: [email protected]
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