Andrew Newton Melodic, lyrical, intelligent. Hard grooves, intricate instrumentation. Melancholy with a sign of hope. Andrew’s brand of acoustic rock is a blend of progressive rock, folk, funk, and a bit of jazz. Imagine Neil Young, Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, STP, and Dave Mathews locked in a room together. Although there’s a bit of everything in there, even a taste of musical theatre, it’s always rock at its core, with a “less is more” approach that rock demands. The fact that Andrew is admittedly a drummer first explains the subtle-yet-complex drumming and not-so-simple rhythmic guitar playing in his music. As well, performing musical theatre across Canada brings a certain dramatic quality to both the songwriting and performance. A Caper by birth (Point Edward to be exact), Andrew has been involved in the performing arts since he picked up his first set of drumsticks at the age of 10. He’s a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC, musical director for Grafton St. Dinner Theatre, and a substitute drum instructor for the Canadian Conservatory. Andrew is also co-founder of Halifax cover band Frisky Biscuit, and has backed up various acts on drums and guitar, including singer/songwriter Kate Proctor, acoustic rocker Troy Arsenault (Wheeler), hard rock outfit Risyn, singer/songerwriter ian Sherwood, and Johnny Cash Tribute band Cahs Only.
This is my Theory This is my Theory is Andrew’s first full-length album, comprised of 10 original tunes. Andrew is already getting ready for its second print. The CD was recorded at Denmark Productions with producer/engineer Dennis Field (The Chronicles, Kaico Green, The Blue Monday Band). Apart from some help from Halifax-based guitarists Jason Burbine and Jeff Gay and singer Amy Soloway on a handful of tracks, Andrew performed all the instrumentation on the album. He’s a modern-day one-man band.