The band had long been garnering a reputation for their live show. A combination of high-energy vocals, aggressive guitar strains and heart-stopping instrumentals, each member inputs new ideas into their already impressive mix. "Our mission is to keep things as open and spontaneous as possible," says Leblanc of the band's show. "In the seven years we have been together, we have worked out a rapport and a philosophy that we have tenderly developed. We try to get something different out of each evening we perform and we are not always sure what that will be. We thrive on improvisation, audience interaction, listening to each other and creating an experience that is fresh and different." Shoe Factory was the first trio album which was nominated for an East Coast Music Award in 2000.