Wave was a Canadian pop rock duo, formed in 1999 in Niagara Falls.
The band members were Dave Thomson and Paul Gigliotti. They were signed by Warner Music Canada and released their debut album, Nothing as It Seems. Their radio single "California" quickly increased in airplay and reached 1 on the Canadian pop charts, helping sales figures of the album to reach Gold certification. They also had the top 20 hits, Think It Over and Don't Say Sarah. Top 40 hits included That's How It Feels and Sleepless. Wave opened for O-Town and Canadian group soulDecision on their tours. In 2007, Canadian artist Brandon Jones recorded and released a cover of "California" on his debut album. "California" was featured on the first episode of Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County. Their instant success lead them to disband in 2003, feeling they'd accomplished everything they needed to. Paul Gigliotti attended Notre Dame Elementary School in Niagara Falls and both members of the band attended St. Paul High School in Niagara Falls, Ontario before receiving a record contract. Paul is still currently pursuing music (The Voices) and producing while Dave is living in Nashville working as a song writer for Sony. Dave also co-wrote and produced half of Lights' debut album The Listening, including the hit Second Go. He's been an instrumental figure in the development of her career. At the end of 2010 he had a top 10 country hit with Jake Mathews, 'If I Had it My Way' that he co-wrote.In 2001 a song hit radio airwaves that immediately seemed to define that summer. "California" introduced the world to Wave whose gold debut album, Nothing as It Seems, eventually spawned three Top 40 hits and two Top 5 videos.
Recorded in Los Angeles with Ben Dunk and Rick Neigher handling the producer chores, vocalist Paul Gigliotti and guitarist Dave Thomson deliver 12 songs led by the first single, "That's How It Feels." The song is a confessional message of love.
"This album definitely captures the spirit of Wave live because the band was in the studio recording together," Paul says recalling the recording session. "The last record used a lot of loops and we wanted a more organic sound with State Of Mind which we achieved with touches like live drums and a real piano."
Joining Paul and Dave on the new album is an illustrious array of musicians including guitarist Tim Pierce (Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, Joe Cocker, Ricky Martin, Ronan Keating, Tom Petty), bassist John Pierce (Emmylou Harris, Mick Jagger, New Radicals, Shawn Mullins) and drummer Vinny Colaiuta (Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion, Jewel, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Sting, Frank Zappa).
During Wave's never-ending rounds of interviews in support of their first album, critics found it difficult not to compare the duo to the likes of the Beach Boys and Hall & Oates. The comparisons were inevitable and appropriate given that Wave work in pop music's time honoured tradition of soulful singer/songwriters. The duo's music is always positive, a nice change from most of the pessimism and angst dominating so much of today's music scene. Those comparisons will surely not ebb given the joyful tone of songs like the album's title track or the unforgettable "Don't Say Sarah."
"We really wanted to be ourselves with this record," says Dave. "The first album was recorded before we had ever played any live shows. This record comes after a year of playing and gaining new experiences together that have contributed to our growth as musicians and songwriters."
Great songs have always been the first priority for Wave and that is exactly what sets them apart from the pack. Given the depth of their music you would think that Wave have been working together for years but in truth their chemistry came together quickly and has already spawned a number of incredible hits.
The story has been often told how, although Dave and Paul went to the same high school in Niagara Falls, it wasn't until after they had graduated that they joined the same band and began working together. A chance meeting with producer/songwriter Ben Dunk at a Stereophonics show in Toronto led to a four-song demo that immediately caught the ear of Warner Music Canada execs. Within minutes of completing a live acoustic showcase in the label's offices, Wave was offered a record deal.
Paul shakes his head in wondering describing the flurry of events, "Two years ago I was a busboy cleaning tables. The day after we got the record deal, I went in and quit. Now I'm getting to do something I love to do, get on stage and play music."
In March 2001, Warner Music Canada released "California" to radio and the song instantly became a top requested track. Video channels spun the single's accompanying clip in heavy rotation. Wave toured from coast to coast and Paul and Dave started to get recognized everywhere they went.
"Your life does change," Dave admits. "People see you and recognize you and you don't know them. It really means something to us when they say that our music has touched them in some way."
It seems that with the music on State Of Mind, Wave are destined to continue touching people with their music. In the first week of its release to radio, "That's How It Feels" was one of the most added records at pop radio. Now that the writing and recording are done, Wave can do the one other thing they love, touring and playing live for their fans.Wave's debut album, Nothing as It Seems, was recorded partly in Los Angeles and partly in Toronto. There were plenty of well-known artists called in to lend a helping hand on the album, like guitarists John Pierce and Tim Pierce, drummer Vinny Colaiuta, keyboardist Justin Gray, and producers Ben Dunk and Rick Neigher. Some of the songs Wave has recorded include "With the Stars," "I'd Give Anything," "Until the Record Breaks," "Daydream," "Don't Leave," and "California."
After Wave went their separate way, Paul Gilligoti continues to make music as a solo artist. Dave Thomson now lives in Nashville, Tennessee who is now an songwriter for artists such as Jake Matthews.
Nothing as It Seems Tour:
Was the debut tour by Canadian duo Wave, the tour was from June 15, 2001 - December 31, 2001 June 15, 2001 - Vancouver, BC Plaza of Nations June 16, 2001 - Kelowna, BC SkyReach Place June 18, 2001 - Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome June 19, 2001 - Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Centre June 21, 2001 - Winnipeg, MN Winnipeg Arena June 24, 2001 - Ottawa, ON Aberdeen Pavilion June 25, 2001 - Mississauga, ON Hershey Centre (T.O.) July 11, 2001 - Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre July 13, 2001 - Edmonton, AB Northern Jubilee Theatre July 14, 2001 - Calgary, AB Jack Singer July 16, 2001 - Winnipeg, MN Concert Hall July 17, 2001 - Thunder Bay, ON Community Auditorium July 19, 2001 - Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre July 20, 2001 - London, ON Centennial Hall July 22, 2001 - Halifax, NS Metro Centre (concert bowl) July 24, 2001 - Montreal, QU St Denis Theatre July 25, 2001 - Ottawa, ON National Arts Centre August 11, 2001 - Maple, ON CHUM Family Day @ Canada's Wonderland August 22, 2001 - Toronto, ON CNE Bandshell - 9pm September 3, 2001 - Toronto, ON Mix 99.9 Beachfest @ Kew Gardens September 15, 2001 - St. Catherines, ON Brock Centre November 9, 2001 - TO, ON Air Canada Centre - Kiss92 Fanny Awards November 12, 2001 - Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Theatre November 13, 2001 - Fredericton, Fredericton Playhouse November 14, 2001 - Moncton, NB Capitol Theatre November 15, 2001 - Sydney, NS Savoy Theatre November 17, 2001 - TO, ON 1-3pm Eaton Centre American Eagle Outfitters November 30, 2001 - Chatham, ON Chatham Cultural Centre December 2, 2001 - Orillia, ON Orillia Opera House December 31, 2001 - Niagara Falls, ON Winter Festival of Lights Note: Concerts in June are a part of the Psykoblast Tour; Concerts in July are as opening acts of O-Town They came to Port Hawkesbury, NS
State Of Mind Tour:
was the second and final tour from Canadian duo Wave, the tour promoted their second studio album State Of Mind, the tour was from December 4, 2002 - August 18, 2003 December 4, 2002
ChumFM Listener Top 30 (Toronto),
Video: "Don't Say Sarah"
Feb 22 2003 - #22 Feb 15 2003 - #22 Feb 08 2003 - #22 Feb 01 2003 - #23 Jan 25 2003 - #25 Jan 18 2003 - #30 (debuts)
Video: "Don't Say Sarah"
Feb 22 2003 - #10 Feb 15 2003 - #12 Feb 08 2003 - #13 Feb 01 2003 - #13 Jan 24 2003 - #15 Jan 18 2003 - #20 (debuts)
Video: "Don't Say Sarah"
Feb 26 2003 - #06 Feb 18 2003 - #07 Feb 07 2003 - #09 Jan 31 2003 - #11 Jan 24 2003 - #13 Jan 17 2003 - #16 Jan 10 2003 - #18 Jan 03 2003 - #20 (debuts)
On The Charts: MuchMusic On The Charts: YTV Countdown On The Charts: ChumFM On The Charts: Mix99.9 On The Charts: MMM Countdown
Soundscan Chart: State of Mind
For w/e Nov 03 2002 - Off Charts 11.07.02 For w/e Oct 27 2002 - #86 10.31.02 For w/e Oc 20 2002 - #53 10.24.02 (debuts)
Video: "Don't Say Sarah"
May 9, 2003 - #21 May 2, 2003 - #19 Apr 25 2003 - #17 Apr 18 2003 - No Chart Apr 11 2003 - #12 Apr 04 2003 - #10 Mar 28 2003 - #10 Mar 21 2003 - #09 Mar 14 2003 - #08 Mar 07 2003 - #06 Feb 28 2003 - #04 Feb 21 2003 - #03 Feb 14 2003 - No Chart Feb 07 2003 - #06 Jan 30 2003 - #07 Jan 24 2002 - #08 Jan 17 2003 - #10 Jan 10 2003 - #14 Jan 03 2003 - No Chart Dec 27 2002 - No Chart Dec 20 2002 - #20 Dec 13 2002 - #24 Dec 06 2002 - #29 (debuts)
Soundscan Chart: Nothing as It Seems
For w/e Aug 19 2001 - #100 08.23.01 For w/e Aug 12 2001 - # 97 08.16.01 For w/e Aug 03 2001 - # 86 08.09.01 For w/e Jul 29 2001 - # 66 08.02.01 For w/e Jul 22 2001 - # 69 07.26.01 For w/e Jul 15 2001 - # 75 07.19.01 For w/e Jul 09 2001 - # 75 07.12.01 For w/e Jul 01 2001 - # 54 07.05.01 For w/e Jun 21 2001 - # 29 06.28.01 (debuts)
Paul Gigliotti (1999-2003),
Dave Thomson (1999-2003)