Sonic Unyon Records :: change of heart



One of the most important, influential independant Canadian rock bands of the past thirty years is Toronto's CHANGE OF HEART. Led by singer/guitarist Ian Blurton, the band released a string of excellent albums through Primitive, Cargo and Virgin Records before dissolving in 1997.

There You Go '82 - '97 is a remixed, remastered 25 song compilation that was squenced and remixed by Blurton and well-known Canadian producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics). It is the first time many of these songs have been remixed and remastered and features many of the band's most cherished songs, including "Smile", "Winter's Over", "Pat's Decline", "Ten Miles" and many, many more.

There You Go '82 - '97 will be released as a double LP set and digitally only.


This was that. Change of Heart started in the year of 1982 by rattling the windows of the Blurton household in the west end of Toronto. We did the usual, playing high school thing thangs and church halls and slowly graduated to the clubs of a fading punk scene and the beginning of post punk. We started playing music as a way out of suburban boredom, writing songs that we wanted to hear even if no one else did. 15 years later (1997) when the band flamed out/ceased to exist we hope we were still doing the same thing. 

We were sponges and enjoyed a freedom of discovery that was ours alone. We were small p punks with nothing to do but go downtown and be exposed to everything. We released cassettes, 12"s, 7"s, cassingles and cds, we got in the van and traveled the land and took it all in and spit back out our interpretations. We tried and tried and tried and in the process knocked down walls, built walls, put in a few windows and all the while made friends and enemies along the way. We watched the days disappear in the rear view mirror and went back and forth and back and forth always in search of.....something. We laid down on a midnight Trans Canada and watched the stars and satellites compete for the darkness of the summer sky, we slept as one with Jerry Jerry and SNFU everywhere in a Calgary punkhaus, we were invited and invisible and a flame and we were loved and hated and everything inbetween. Some nights we ripped it up and some nights we barely got by and we learned our strengths and weaknesses and how to use them. 

We opened for and got schooled by some of our faves (Hawkwind twice!!) and we learned what we didn't want to be. We ran out of gas in the middle of the night/nowhere, played shows we shouldn't have been on, felt the van shudder as it spit off unwanted (but necessary) pieces of itself and got begged and banned and burnt and bitten by the bug. We pushed the whole thing as far as it could go until it broke. We had 4 LPs that started with the letter S (Bob Dylan ref), we walked upon the sacred sound, we ate with wolves and slept with bears and played way too much Monopoly (literally). We didn't have computers, we had ourselves and for better or worse we put us out there and did IT and IT felt good. We learned to accept ourselves and so did the people who loved us and nurtured us and kicked our asses everyday into the next day. We crossed and lost paths of our peers and inspirations and were just one in a army of thousands. 

Those days were different and they are long gone and that's okay because we have this music as a history of ourselves. This is our mythology. 

Change of Heart was:

Ian Blurton: guitar, vocals
Rob Taylor: bass, lyrics, art
Ron Duffy: drums
Mike Armstrong: percussion, sax
Bernard Maiezza: keys, samples
Glenn Milchem: drums
Damon Richardson: drums, vocals
John Borra: bass, vocals
Rob Higgins: bass, vocals

There You Go '82-'97 Track Listing:

Side One

1. Intro

2. Away Goodbye

3. Herstory

4. Smile

5. Winter's Over

6. It Should Be

7. That's Right

Side Two

1. Orange

2. Trigger

3. Northwinds

4. There You Go

5. Stress Monkey

Side Three

1. Stressed

2. Elevator

3. Ten Miles

4. Mystery

5. Pat's Decline

6. Erosion

Side Four

1. Massacre

2. Dugout Days

3. Little Kingdoms

4. Frown

5. Candystore

6. Circle of Season

7. Directions for Going

Place your pre-order for Change of Heart's "There You Go '82-'97" here...

Double LP + Digital:

There You Go 2XLP + Digital $29.99
  -Change of Heart's "There You Go '82-'97"  Double LP  (shipped to you - release date 9/18/12)
  -The Track "Smile" delivered to you at the time of your order
  -Bonus CD of outtakes and rarities (in white sleeve) inside the LP
  -Digital version of "There You Go '82-'97" (delivered two weeks before the official release date - 9/4/12)
  -Digital version also includes High res cover art, album packaging and an iPhone background

Digital Double Album:
  -Change of Heart's "There You Go '82-'97" Digital Double Album (25) Tracks
  -The Track "Smile" delivered to you at the time of your order
  -Digital version of "There You Go '82-'97" (delivered two weeks before the official release date - 9/4/12)
  -Digital version also includes High res cover art, album packaging and an iPhone background


It's been 15 years since Ian Blurton fronted Change of Heart full time, leading him to become more familiar to the current generation through his work with C'mon and as an in-demand producer. But with C'mon officially calling it a day last year, Blurton has found the time to reassess the band that originally built his reputation and came to define one of the most vital eras of Canadian indie rock.

Having already announced that Change of Heart will perform September 15 at Hamilton, ON's free Supercrawl festival as part of Exclaim!'s ongoing 20th anniversary concert series, Blurton tells Exclaim! in an interview that the festival performance and a handful of other concerts will coincide with the release of a long-overdue Change of Heart retrospective. While Blurton is still in the process of putting the package together, he did divulge some details and the impetus behind the project, which will be released through Sonic Unyon Records.

"My living room is packed with all of this stuff -- tapes, artwork, posters -- so I mainly just want to get it out of my house," Blurton explains. "It's been really fun going through it all, though. We're aiming for a 22-track double vinyl with some extra songs for iTunes, and then a bonus CD of seven-inches and unreleased weird stuff that will just be available with the vinyl. There's also a lot of leftover merch that we'll be randomly throwing in with the vinyl."

As for what fans can expect of the Change of Heart reunion shows, Blurton says that they will feature the late-period Steel Teeth lineup of bassist Rob Higgins (now of Dearly Beloved), drummer Damon Richardson (formerly of Danko Jones) and long-serving keyboardist Bernard Maiezza. However, an as-yet-unconfirmed Toronto show will feature nearly everyone who was ever in Change of Heart, including co-founding bassist/lyricist Rob Taylor and Blue Rodeo's Glenn Milchem, who played drums on CoH's landmark 1992 albumSmile.

"Some of us haven't talked for a really long time, so it's going to be nice just to be in a room together," Blurton says. "We're just going to sort of play it by ear and come up with a set list that we all feel comfortable with."

For now, stay tuned for further updates. 

Jason Schneider, Exclaim
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