Our Brilliant Mistake isn’t the traditional tribute band that the region is used to seeing.
OBM was formed by four seasoned musicians from the Niagara Region and they all had only one goal in mind - not to be the norm.
The group is made up of four members - Stephen Corbett on lead vocals, lead guitar and harmonica, Don T. Juno on bass and keyboards and Steve Pitual on drums and vocals. The bands play list is made up of many artists that aren’t a bar scene staple such as Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, The Clash and The Ramones. Along side their irregular sound, the band has a dress code. They replaced the t-shirts and jeans look and went with a style that was true to the New Wave Punk look of fedoras, black dress shirts and skinny ties.
Entertainment Niagara (EN): How long have you been playing in the region?
Our Brilliant Mistake (OBM): Our Brilliant Mistake has been playing in the Region for three years but individually me (Don) and Steve Pitul since about 1980 and Steve Corbett and Steve Mills for about 20 years. In some form or another all these years one of us has played with another. Myself with Steve P., Steve C and Steve M or Steve C and myself.
EN: Describe your sound....
OBM: Energetic for sure. Being the style of music, our goal was to keep it tight but raw and fresh. Because we are doing both New Wave and Punk we have to sort of design the songs in a cross over fashion. There was that bit in time in about 1980 where it was happening but when you are doing Duran Duran to the Ramones, groups like Elvis Costello and Talking Heads allow us to work that cross over much easier. So, long and short it’s giving both styles a bit of the other making them a bit ours in the end.
EN: What is your go-to song to get the crowd moving?
OBM: Actually the music we feel itself. We go to play so we play much longer sets than typical bar bands because we don’t want that down time, start and end every set with energy and keep it going. We try to do quite a few full song medleys to keep a flow and keep people off guard not knowing what to expect next. I think we only do two slow songs because we want that energy going. We use set lists but if we don’t see the feet tapping, people singing or air drumming then we change it up on the fly with those certain songs we know are going to get them.
EN: What is your most memorable on-stage moment?
OBM: Was a great feeling but somewhat humourous when we had a bars power breaker go causing our PA to go out. The band kept playing as if it was still on knowing I (Don) would take off to get the breaker back on. The great part was the crowd immediately continued singing the song quite loudly until the power was back on then let us continue at the exact spot where we would have been.
EN: What is your favourite part about Niagara’s music scene?
OBM: I think its the people along with the other bands. There are so many good bands in the area and the Niagara’s people are musically smart. We are stuck between two large cities, Toronto and Buffalo and I think it causes the bar to be raised. It puts you in a position of having to try that much harder to produce something different and something good.
Taylor Geoffroy is a Grade 12 student from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School who is completing a co-op placement at Niagara this Week. When she’s not studying, she enjoys checking out local bands, cruising Twitter and contemplating her post-secondary education options.