UnderWeb Effect was the first band from Canada to ever submit demos for Act IV, which they did in late 2001. The band's original roots go back to the electronic rock project of the same name started by Travis Clark in 1992. Occassionally, he employed the help of other great musicians but it wasn't until 2001 that a live band came to fruition. Though an extremely talented band, making it as far as the shortlist, UnderWeb Effect was originally not chosen for the Act IV 2002 final bandlist. But after a twist of fate, when Brazil's Gloomy Art Rawk and Chicago's Brain Rakes had to pull out of the show at the eleventh hour, the band found themselves on their way to Chicago. UnderWeb Effect's set ended up being a crowd favorite, even eliciting questions of why they weren't chosen to be in the headlining spot, despite the fact that they had never played the show beforehand. Their set included many highlights, including their covers of "Bodies", "Tear", and "Geek USA" (which the band transformed into a medley of SP songs). Here is the original bio for UnderWeb Effect from the Act IV 2002 playbill:
"UnderWeb Effect, based out of Vancouver, B.C., is a four-piece alternative rock group that is constantly looking to push the boundaries of mainstream rock sensibilities. Formed in September of 2001, the members of UnderWeb Effect clicked immediately and their unique blend of haunting, aggressive, and spaced-out mellow musical styles was born. In the relatively short time the quartet has been together they have honed their craft as energetic showmen into a tight, cohesive musical unit.
All four of the musicians who comprise UnderWeb Effect have over a decade of experience on their respective instruments, and each brings his own interpretation and input to every song the band plays. From the day the band first played together it was apparent that the musical chemistry between the four members was instantaneous and electrifying.
The immediate future promises to be one of high-energy shows and great opportunties for UnderWeb Effect. With a recently self- released EP in hand, UnderWeb Effect is determined to have their music heard and to leave their imprint on the world's musical stage. So keep your ear to the ground...because the UnderWeb Effect is on its way.
Travis Clark-Guitar, Synths, Vocals
Colin Brown - Drums
Aaron Clark - Guitar Matt MacDougall - Bass
Influences: Pretty wide ranging as each of the band members listens to their own style of music in their free time. Anything from Radiohead, Tool, The Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Matthews Band, The Beatles, Tea Party, Genesis, REM,etc.
Special Thanks: To everyone who has stood by us, either as individuals or as a band, and who continue to support us in all our endeavours. And a special thanks to the immensely long list of musicians who have inspired us to create music and to pursue our passion of music as a career.
Message to the Ghost Children: Smashing Pumpkins fans have got to be the most devoted and fanatical fans that we have ever came across. It's that enthusiasm and devotion makes rock music what it is, and gives rock music its meaning. So, thanks for that, and may you continue to love and appreciate all types of music until the end of your days (and beyond). As a wise, tall, bald man once screamed at all of us from his perch up on the stage: "Hey kids, rock and roll, you gotta rock
on". So...rock on."
UnderWeb Effect evolved into a band called Frequency Fall. Be
sure to check out their cover of "Saturnine" on the Ghost Children/
friends and enemies compilation.
"Bodies" performed live by UnderWeb Effect at Act IV 2002. Includes a tease of their original, "Hold Out" at the end.
"Tear" performed live by UnderWeb Effect at Act IV 2002
"Geek U.S.A." performed live by UnderWeb Effect at Act IV 2002.
This is a medley which includes teases of several other SP tunes.
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-For full details on UnderWeb Effect's setlist, go here
-These performances are available on the Act IV 2002 DVD, buy it today!
All profits go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.