Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Duo Bob Moses on Going from a Parking Lot to the Grammys

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Duo Bob Moses on Going from a Parking Lot to the Grammys

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Grammy Watch: Vancouver duo Bob Moses breaks out


TORONTO - With a song up for two Grammys this year, Vancouver-raised Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance are prone to amusedly reflecting on how they formed their duo Bob Moses by chance in a hardware store parking lot.

They were acquaintances, at best, during their high school years. Nothing brought them together in any significant way when classes were over.

But after the Canadians randomly crossed paths outside a New York tool shop it seemed like the universe might be giving them a sign.

"We went like, 'What are you doing here?'" remembers Vallance.

"And we just decided to hang out."

As they chatted over dinner, they discovered many commonalities between them, notably a mutual love for music.

Six years later, "Tearing Me Up," a brooding eight-minute tale of a toxic relationship, has two Grammy nods. Howie and Vallance share a nomination in the best dance recording category while a reworked version by Andre Allen Anjos, who performs under the pseudonym RAC, is up for a best remix Grammy.

They also grabbed a Juno Award nomination on Tuesday for the 2015 album "Days Gone By" in the electronic category.

The song's concept was dreamt up by the duo when both were "going through something very similar" in their romantic lives, Vallance says. Using a drum beat that evokes Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part 2," they began to shape their experiences into lyrics.

"When we started pencilling in the words it formed a really good story," says Vallance.

"Tearing Me Up" recounts the murky tribulations of a man who lets himself be lured by an adulterous woman.

The song throbs with pent-up frustration, beginning with a beat that creeps along for over a minute and a half before Howie's vocals emerge.

"Let me tell you about a little situation," he starts in a conversational tone, detailing the tempestuous tale. …

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