The Lyons Township Boys Swim and Dive team took home their first ever state championship on February 27th. LT finished with 12 all-state finishes at the state finals in Evanston and earned at least one medal in all but one event. The team finished the state event with a total score of 146; Naperville Central finished second with 122 and rival Hinsdale Central finished third with 117. After finishing 15th in state last season, the Lions proved they had the hard work and determination it took for them to capture state gold this time around.
LT had the state title won heading into the final race, the 400-yard freestyle relay, as long as they did not receive a disqualification; but instead of celebrating early, the relay team of seniors Weston Credit and Ben Breitenbucher, junior Ryan Hammond, and sophomore Henry Claesson won the event to finish the state meeting at the highest possible note, also increasing their three-relay total score to 82 points. Junior Seamus Scotty also finished fifth in state in diving with a score of 459.75.
LT is losing seniors in Credit, Breitenbucher, Chris Phillips, and George Lundgren when they graduate in May, but a majority of the team is expected to return to the pool next year with their eyes set on another run at state.
This is the first swimming state title for LT and for swim and dive coach Scott Walker. Shortly after winning the state championship, Coach Walker was named the ISA Swimming Coash of the Year.
During Bully’s show in October at Lincoln Hall I got the chance to interview Montréal’s art rock band Heat with Olivia Vincent and Ian McDonald. We discussed Montreal's music scene, My Bloody Valentine and other topics.
Me: How did you first get into music in general?
SS: I grew up in New Brunswick in Canada. It was a smaller place in Canada it was just 50,000 people. A lot of touring bands skip Canada and then when they come they don’t go there or anywhere near me. I left there when I was 17 I moved to Montreal to go to school. Also like Chicago it’s a music city. Right away I figured out I wanted to be doing this. So for a few years I started a gigging with a lot of bands as bass player. After a few years of that I realized I wanted to be doing something else. So five years ago I started playing guitar more and doing demos.
Me: How would you describe the music scene in Montreal?
SS: It’s great, it is a French city. I live in Mile End its all-younger musicians. Anytime I leave the house I run into my friends in other bands. I played in a bunch of my friend’s bands they played in mine. It’s a really very community thing. At the same time I don’t know if I would describe ourselves as part of that scene. Because there is a Montreal scene and a Québec Scene.
Me: How did Heat form and how did you find your backing band?
SS: Well, I mean it’s the sort of thing where I knew like 40 different musicians but they
all had like 3 or 4 bands. And when I was playing I was always like in 5 bands.
So at the beginning we just kind of got my friends to play shows in shitty little bars.
And gradually, we started getting more attention. It’s one thing to ask my friend,
can you play a show on Friday? It’s another thing to ask hey can you come on tour for three weeks and quit your job. It took a little while. We changed line-ups. Matt our guitar player has been there since the beginning. We’ve worked pretty closely. We rotated a little bit with the bass and drums. It’s a really tight group we have right now and it’s working pretty well.
Me: What is your songwriting process like?
SS: Song writing wise I primarily write the bass, lyrics and music of the song. I’ll come in with a demo and we will tinker with it and figure out what works.
Me: Where do you guys get your inspirations?
SS: We get a lot of Lou Reed and Velvet underground sort of stuff. I love that music, Lou Reed was the first guy I listened too he really touched me a lot. We take a lot from that street poet New York kind of vibe. We also draw from guitar bands like My Bloody Valentine and Ride a bunch of shoegaze bands.
IM: Have you ever seen My Bloody Valentine?
SS: I did I saw them at their last tour.
IM: I saw them at the Aragon ballroom which is a, few miles away, a couple of years ago. It’s the greatest show I’ve ever been too.
SS: Hmm some of the greatest show I’ve ever seen was The Replacements when they first reunited that was such a sick show. My Bloody Valentine was amazing, it was super loud it was great.
IM: I’ve never been to a show where after where no one claps and no one says a thing for five minutes and than after people walk out so orderly.
SS: I remember walking out with pounding and ringing in my ears.
IM: Yeah like thinking what just happened?
SS: It was super cool to see just like with The Replacements, I’ve loved those records and I never thought I would see them live. They’re great live bands.
OV: I saw The Replacements at Riot Fest with The Pixies in 2013.
SS: I saw them at Riot Fest that was the best show I’ve seen. We got to play Riot Fest too in Toronto.
Me: Do you guys get compared to Ought a lot? You guys have very similar vocals.
SS: We both have a speaking aspect. This is the first band I sang in. It took me a while to figure out what I was doing. I at first really hated singing. I take pleasure in lyrics and stuff like that. It is it’s own art form. I think I have run into the guys from Ought both being in the Montreal Scene. I respect what they do.
Me: How do you like touring?
SS: I definitely generally like touring. This is our first longer tour. It’s five weeks on the road. Prior to that we did two weeks in Europe and just a week or two here and there. It has its downsides; I can’t really remember where I was two days ago or yesterday. You just go to a new city and go to a different venue. But it’s not a huge price to pay to be a working musician and to be touring. It’s really cool you get to travel around and play shows. This tour in particular we’re really happy touring with Bully. We’re huge fans of them they have a great record. I used to do van sleeping when I was 18 to 21.We stay in hotels. I used to party and sleep on people’s floor. Now that a little older even though I’m not that much it just is very tiring. It’s hard to live on people’s floors for like a month.
Me: if you weren’t a musician what other job and interests do you have?
SS: I mean I don’t know. At a really early age, at 17, I dropped out of school to be doing music. I’ve done most service jobs. At the time I was really unhappy being a waiter. But music is my passion I would be happy doing that as long as I was doing music.
Me: Is your next album going to be on a label?
SS: We’re still shopping around right now. After this tour we’re going straight to the studio to record this album. We self released the EP but then we got reissued on via Kitsune this cool French label which is actually also a fashion label started by the Daft Punk producers.
Meg Magats, Music Librarian
As LT's third annual Mr. LT pageant approaches, the staff of WLTL is as excited as ever for this years competition. Mr. LT is Lyons Township’s annual event designed to showcase the various talents and abilities of LT’s male students. Last years winner, Tim Parcyzk, '15, was WLTL's Chief Engineer for the 2014-2015 school year. This years Chief Engineer, Dennis Sopic, '16, is one of many other WLTL staffers and managers participating in this years Mr. LT. Other managers participating are Production Director Paul Cammarata, '16, Program Director Aidan Hunt, '16, News Director Jamie McMillan, '16, and Co-Creative Arts Director Fred Moody, '17. Also, WLTL staffer John Carollo, '15, is a participant as well.
Mr. LT is an annual event where the men of North Campus come together and showcase their talents in a competition to become crowned Mr. LT. The first winner was the late, great Jack Kunkle, '15. Kunkle embodied what Mr. LT is all about, being rewarded for being a genuinely good person. This years competitors have high standards to live up to. Mr. LT is one of the highlights of the school year. The event has been well received in the past, as everything from the opening dance number to the coronation ceremony has been praised by viewers. The men of WLTL are poised to take Mr. LT by storm with a wide variety of stand-up, dance routines and more. Mr. LT takes place April 2nd in the Reber Center at North Campus. Everyone is encouraged to attend and admission is free with a valid student ID.
Matt Walsh, Imaging Director
This past weekend, five of my fellow managers and I attended the 76th annual IBS Radio Conference in New York City. Having never been to any conference like this before, I had no idea what to expect. Overall, the conference itself was an extremely engaging and informative experience.
Having the opportunity to really interact with other non professional college and high school radio stations made me both appreciate the resources that WLTL has to offer and gave me a lot of ideas on how we can perfect what we’re doing as a station.
After attending the IBS conference I came to one very important conclusion: high school radio is at its most universally beneficial when students are given the freedom to follow and share what they themselves are interested in.
Talking to other stations who are more formatted than we are (meaning that they do not pick the music that they are playing while on-air) made me really think about how cool and unique each music show that we have is.
Here, our on-air staff is able to pick 95% of what goes on-air. While we hope to have consistent music genres across the board, our format of “Variety Rock” can be loosely interpreted to mean almost anything.
Commercial and some high school/college stations rely on heavily formatting their music shows in order to eliminate any risks that come with a lack of control over what is broadcasted. In a high school or even a college setting, stations are mostly noncommercial. These stations are provided with the opportunity to experiment, take risks, and be creative without the fear of losing their jobs or money.
I think that because WLTL allows this freedom on-air the sound and feel of our station is very fluid and very unique. Sure, in the professional radio world you very rarely are allowed to pick your own music. But we are not a professional station; most who participate in WLTL radio are following a passion, not a career path.
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