Happy November 1st!
Today Rocks People! As many of you know, on the 1st of every month we feature a fearless female that is making waves in the world. A female that isn’t afraid of following her dreams and knows that “LUCK” is when opportunity and hard work meet. This month’s Tomboy Of The Month is a girl that I have had the privilege to know for many years. Her name is Alison Toews. She is kick ass bass player in the band State of Shock. I met Alison back in the day when my band first started out. I remember seeing her out at shows at The Brickyard and other various venues that I can’t remember;) She even played bass in my band for a show at The Railway Club! (remember that?;) We jammed at my house the night before and within a few hours she was ready to rock. Fast Forward a few years later, Alison is now in a very successful rock band where releasing #1 hit songs is just another day at the office for her and her band mates!
Alright Ms. Toews, tell us a bit about yourself,
I am a bassist, born and raised in the lower mainland / vancouver area. I’ve been touring and playing in bands since my early twenty’s. The first was a punk rock band called Another Joe. We released 4 albums and played nearly every town/city in canada large enough for a McDonalds, slept on many floors and went through many $400-$500 vans. I am now the bassist for State of Shock, we have toured Canada and the US, and are currently working on our 3rd album.
What inspires/motivates you?
I think what inspires me most is that when i was younger i always wanted to see chicks rock out with the boys, but still have class. You can still be sexy without looking like a hooker, and dont need to compromise your integrity to achieve your dreams. Id like to be an example for our next generation of lady rockers.
The world needs more girls like you! What is your favorite beauty product?
The only 3 things that i must have are : Black hair dye, mascara, and Dual Finish powder by Lancome.
Good call! So tell us, what is your biggest fear?
Missing out on other areas in my life due to my music career. Like having a family. Guess i’ll have to find a stay at home man. hahaha
I have no doubt you will have it all.
What is your favorite quote?
Do or do not, there is no try. “yoda”
Love it! What is your greatest achievement?
Ending up in a band with my 4 amazing Shock brothers, Jesse, Johnny, Cam and Kadooh. We’ve come a long way together in the last 7 years.
Such a hot looking group! Any tips for staying healthy while on the road?
Thats a tricky question, i dont think i’ve figured it out yet ! Depends on the tour really. There can be an awful lot of gas station food, and boredom on long drives leads to binging. lol. If we’re on a bus its a little easier cuz we have the fridge. We’ll get roast chickens, sandwich fixins, veggie, cheese and fruit platters. But, im a sucker for cheese burgers, so maybe the wrong person to ask ?
What is something about yourself people may not know?
When I was young, I told the kids at school that I had a pet monkey. One of the boys didnt believe me and followed me home from school so i could show him. I spent the next hour wandering around the forest in my back yard calling the monkey. Since then i dont tell lies. Its too much work. Thanks Ken!!
HAHA! That is sooo funny! When I was young I told some kids that I had a leach on me in the lake so they thought I was tough…The monkey is way cooler tho! lol
What is something that makes you smile?
hee hee, K, on a serious note, any struggles you’ve had to overcome while following your dream?
Keeping the wheels on while building your career. Nothing happens overnight. It takes time, years. And all that time that your building it and not getting paid, you still need to buy gear, pay to make your first records, tour expenses, time off work, keep a roof over your head and pay bills. Its a dance.
Well you seem to be conquering the dance, girl. What are the pro’s and con’s of being the only girl in a rock band?
Pro’s are that im one of the safest gals on the planet, i hang out with 4 of the sweetest, sauciest men around and i have a unique insight into male behaviors. Con’s, i dont get much time in front of a mirror before the shows, if i bring any men around they are watched by 4 big brothers and “may” be nonchalantly interviewed. And, im teased alot !! But i love it.
How do you relax?
With a bottle of Red Wine, either alone with a video game or with good company.
Nice…Soooooo….Tell us about the new album!
The new album is almost done !! Think we start recording in mid november and hope to release in early spring. We’re super pumped for this record and feel like it will be one you can listen to from beginning to end. Sounds good to me! Here is a video for the song “Money Honey” from SOS’s last album, Life, Love and Lies…
See State of Shock live in action this November 13th as part of Rock For A Cure! This is a very special show as a portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program. The show is at Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam. Click here for tickets!!
Alison! Thank you soo much for taking the time to share with us your beautiful self. Keep kicking ass and making us all so proud!
Remember girls…DO or DO NOT. There is no TRY!!!