Plan for Conquest
Armed with a 'Plan for Conquest' singer/songwriter Ken Dirschl is taking his brand of earth-flavoured rock'n'roll to the world. Conceived in a Quebec cottage and recorded at home in Toronto in a roof-top 'tar-paper shack', the former front man of maverick Toronto rock group Gasoline has spent the last two years concocting the powerful anthems that occupy the sonic landscape of his first solo album, 'Plan for Conquest'. Moving effortlessly from bittersweet ballad to inspired epic to straight-ahead rocker, Dirschl's voice travels gracefully over the terrain, morphing chameleon-like from scene to scene. Working with legendary producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, Skydiggers, Rheostatics) who provided drums and mixing duties, Dirschl covered the remaining musical bases himself; recording, singing and playing all the parts that make up the whole of this remarkable album. Although various styles abound, country and blues influences are predominant throughout, and have prompted comparisons to artists such as Ryan Adams, Tom Petty and Blue Rodeo. Prior to the creation of 'Plan for Conquest', Dirschl honed his musical talents with Gasoline for six years, touring on their own and opening for established acts like The Tea Party, The Headstones, Junkhouse and Jeff Healey. After the band's demise in '97, Dirschl maintained a steady pace, playing solo shows and writing and recording constantly for another year, before finally deciding he was in need of a break. Unable to deny his passion for long, however, Dirschl began assembling equipment and sketching out the ideas for a 'do-it-yourself' album that ultimately became 'Plan for Conquest'. After the lengthy recording and mixing process was completed, renowned Juno-award winning graphic artist Antoine Moonen (The Tea Party, David Usher, Econoline Crush, Killjoys) added his contribution, helping Dirschl package his musical compilation with an impressive design that represents the various themes of the songs Now with finished product in hand, and a steadily-growing loyal fan base behind him, Ken Dirschl is ready to take 'Plan for Conquest' out of the woodshed and into the world.