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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A touch of Class: David Myles and his new EP Here Now

The singer-songwriter turns up for six songs produced by hometown rapper Classified

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Paging Mr. Myles - RILEY SMITH
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This month, Halifax singer-songwriter David Myles released Here Now, a six-song EP produced by hometown rapper and his good friend Luke Boyd, AKA Classified. It's not a huge departure for Myles; his previous releases have always had a jazz-folk vibe, influenced by his love of R&B. But on this collaboration, Myles offers something a bit more hip-hop and mod-pop.  

"It's definitely more amped-up," says Myles, on the phone from his van while touring in rural Alberta. "It draws on the feeling of being out. It's not necessarily a quiet bedroom record this time." Myles explains that those sonic elements of partying at the club, conveyed through Boyd's hip-hop drums, beats and female R&B vocals, is reflected across the EP's aesthetic. "I wanted to tie that in through the neon sign, the idea of going out," he says. "The neon sign also has a cool throwback thing, and it's real! We actually got it made! It's a six-by-eight legit sign."

While working on the EP's visual concept, Myles and his designer Mat Dunlap went for a walk to discuss how the record should look: "Mat's closely connected to everything I do, and he got what I was going for with this record. And the idea of neon just made sense. It's an upbeat record, it's a pop record, and I was like, 'oh my god, this is great.' Let's actually make the sign!" So Myles got a sign company in Burnside to make the sign for the album's cover, and to use live. "But it was a bit like that Spinal Tap joke," he says, laughing. In the 1984 mockumentary, the band orders stage props that arrive way too small. "But the sign is actually so huge, it's going to be hard to move around. But it's also really fun and so cool, and I think it shows how I've gotten behind new music in a different way. I've started to embrace contemporary music." 

Myles has always been a huge record collector and music fan, but working with Boyd opened up his appreciation of modern pop. "I've always had a fondness for R&B, like Boyz II Men, for example. Nineties R&B was a big part of my world, Maestro Fresh Wes was one one of my first CDs, and I've always loved the structure of pop music, like Smokey Robinson and Chuck Berry and the like. But Luke is a huge connoisseur of hip-hop and rap, of course, so that came together for us in the studio, and we really liked that energy together."

In various ways, Myles and Boyd have worked together for seven years or so. Boyd first approached him to play trumpet and they got along so well, they continued working together. In 2013, the duo released the collaborative single "Inner Ninja" and it was an unexpected success. 

"It had a sense of what we thought was special between us," Myles explains, "It was a risky song. It doesn't feel like that now, but it was quite different for both  me and him. I felt like it was something magical and its popularity reassured our instincts that we really work well together."

So when it came time for Myles to put together a new release, he and Boyd got busy in the studio and spent a long time working on Here Now. Myles took full songs to Boyd and the producer's input helped shape the overall sound of the record, while pushing Myles to new places.

"He really thinks about how the song feels," says Myles. "He knows how people hear music, and he can feel music in a different way than most musicians I've worked with. He's not as concerned with the individual parts, he steps back and that's his strength. He'll say he wants something darker, and I'll double the chords. I come at it with musical theory, and he has a great perspective in terms of sensing the energy. Some of the high singing, I hadn't done before, and so I'm just letting it rip and that was because Luke was like, let's just go for it. When you respect who you work with and you feel really confident, that's when the magic happens. Your team's opinion is so precious."

The EP is a partnership that grew from longtime musical jiving, and it reflects the influences of both Myles and Boyd, while staying true to Myles' verse-chorus-verse songwriting style. 

"I always liked 'Doctor Doctor,' especially," says Myles. "The song is a cool mix of our two worlds and it's like an old throwback soul song. It's got hip-hop drums, it feels contemporary, it's got trumpet on it. It feels like hip-hop and chill R&B. I love D'Angelo and Sade, so it was a different approach, vocally, and it's really laid back. It might not be the radio single, but I do really love it." 

To incorporate more of that R&B style, Myles has been performing with Dartmouth soul and R&B singers Reeny and Mahalia Smith: "They're sick, they're crazy, crazy singers and it's super fun," says Myles. "The whole Smith family is remarkably musical. Their brother JR is an amazing drummer, too. It's been a real joy working with them, as well." Myles is on tour in Alberta now, but he'll return home to Halifax soon to spent the summer with his family while promoting the EP. 

"I've been working really hard this year, we've been on the road since September, and the reason why we love living in the Maritimes is because the summers kick so much butt, so I'm looking forward to reconnecting with friends in Halifax and playing some summer festivals," he says. 

Here Now is here, now, via iTunes, and you can watch Myles perform the songs live from the EP on his website. Keep an eye out for his new video with Boyd, directed by Jason Levangie

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Tribute band Wildest Dreams pick fave Taylor Swift songs

Mega-fans of Tay Tay will pack The Marquee for her love stories on Saturday night

Posted By on Sat, Mar 5, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Even if it's just in your Wildest Dreams - TREVOR SAVOURY
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Tonight, Halifax's will be treated to the third Taylor Swift Tribute Night with 10-piece band Wildest Dreams and special guest vocalists. It's possible after tonight that they will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever be getting back together. So just in case, you better bundle yourself up and head to The Marquee (2037 Gottingen Street, 10pm, $10) to sing your heart out. Until tonight, fire up that Youtube and warm up with the members of Wildest Dreams' favourite Tay songs: 

Julia Weir (piano/vocals) : “State of Grace” (from Red)
This is my current favourite T-Swift song. I really like the simplicity of the chord progression and how it uses melody to build up to something magical. It reminds me of a Taylor Swift version of LCD Soundsystem

Chantal Caissie (vocals) : “New Romantics” (from 1989)
It’s just such a fun song and encapsulates everything I love about pop music—catchy melodies with fun lyrics about being young that you can sing scream along to in a car with your friends. Plus, my best friends and I went to see T-Swift in Boston last year and my pal Adam made a great montage video of the trip to this song so it makes me smile every time I hear it.

Jay Methot (guitar) : “Style” (from 1989)
I love how the song goes through different moods, from the melancholy minor tones of the verse to the super pop chorus, and yet that guitar riff never changes. It just carries the whole song. Plus, its a lot of fun to play.

Trevor Murphy (guitar/vox) : “I Almost Do” (from Red)

Tay Tay has a certain way way with words and stories that can pack a powerful punch straight to the ol’ heart. She has this ability to capture tiny moments in time with simplicity and honesty. My favourite Swift songs are the slow jams, often because of these very reasons–these intimate slices of life that can somehow make you feel like you’re fifteen again. “I Almost Do” is so personal, but also universal.

Jeff Pineau (synth) : “I Know Places” (from 1989)
The musical elements in this song are just so Taylor Swift. At the end of the first verse she sings, “They are the hunters, we are the foxes…and we run,” where all the music drops out and just concentrates on the “and we run” vocal. And then the chorus hits! Holy moly. The spookiness and urgency of the lyrics in verses gives chase into a soaring chorus. You couldn’t ask for a better bridge. And then the song ends with classic Taylor Swift—bringing back all the elements we've heard in parts through out the song into one huge overlapping part. The delivery of the lyric, “Loose lips sink ships all the damn time,” gives me goose bumps every damn time.

Nicole Ariana (vocals): “White Horse” (from Fearless)
"White Horse" is my fav T. Swift song because it's real and sad, somewhat uplifting in the bridge and reminds me of driving to high school in grade 12 with my best friend and probably feeling emo, which remains true to this day. #FEELS

Anthony Phillips (bass): “Out of the Woods” (from 1989)

“Out of the Woods” is one of the best ‘drive and think’ songs. It’s over the top and understated at the the same time, blasting you with 80s arena rock drums just to haul it back in with an almost conversational verse. The last chorus is too infectious.

Dana Beeler (vocals): “Picture To Burn” (from Taylor Swift)
I love this song for all the reasons I love T-Swift. I would sing it in my bedroom literally dancing around when my parents weren't home, yelling the line, "Burn Burn, Burn Baby Burn.” I love an anti-heartbreak anthem.

Ryan Perry (drums): “Out of the Woods” (from 1989)
This is my favourite tune to play. It marks my first time diving into live drum sampling so it makes it a challenge, and I really enjoy that.

Natalie Lynn (vocals): “Red” (from Red)
I spend more time listening to 1989 than I do the Red album, but I can see why “Red” is the title track. It's so catchy. The songwriting behind it definitely caught my attention with the opening line. "Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street." Sold.

Leanne Hoffman (vocals): “Back To December” (from Speak Now)

I am a sucker for a sad song, and this one always gets me. The simple and honest lyrics take a regrettable situation and make it all too relatable.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Interview: 11 Questions with Jay Mayne

Dartmouth rapper performs tonight with Thrillah and Matty Boh

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Tonight, Dartmouth rapper, skateboarder and #choptrees advocate Jay Mayne returns to The Seahorse (2037 Gottingen) for a show with his doggies Thrillah Kane and Matty Boh. It's been a minute since The Coast caught up with the smokey-voiced rapper, but he's been on the hustle as usual and he's stoked for the show. Check out these 11 Questions with Jay Mayne.

Jay Mayne - IAN RIPLEY
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What's up Jay Mayne, what's new? 
Just kickin' it, I've been workin' on new music. Also tryna break into the production world. 

Why now for this Seahorse show?
I feel like the city needed this show. It's been a minute since ODOD touched the people. Also my boy Jason Wadley is moving so we had to show him love. Can ya feel what I'm saying.

What's the hottest track so far this year?
We only early in yet. I'm still listening to Yo Gotti's CM8 and Freddie Gibbs (Shadow Of A Doubt). Saw a dope Uncle Murda freestyle though (haha) that count? (Editor's Note: Yup).  

What's your favourite blunt wrap?
I went hard with Swishers, but they took them and Pom Pom's off shelves. Found a plug, tho.

New Yeezy Boosts or new Jordan 4s
Neither. Nike SB Stefan Janoski's or some dunks.

Young Thug or Rich Homie Quan?
Both got joints. Young Thug has more plays.

Cool Ranch Doritos or Ketchup Doritos?

Cool Ranch but I can never finish a full bag. Ketchup (is) ill though.

What's your favourite Snoop song?
Prolly "G'z Up, Hoes Down" bonus on Doggystyle.

What's your second favourite Snoop song? 
All of Doggystyle and The DoggFather. 

What skate clips have you been grinding lately?
I watch skateboarding every day so it's hard to pick a clip.
But Daewon Song just did some next-level stuff.

What do you usually drink in the club? 
Usually I drink water in the club. Anything else, they might catch me off my pivot. #ChopTrees. 

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Patriot Way: An Interview with the NFL's Troy Brown

The New England Hall of Fame wide receiver is in town tonight to watch football

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 6:48 PM

click image Troy Brown, wide receiver, New England Patriots (1993-2007)
  • Troy Brown, wide receiver, New England Patriots (1993-2007)

Tonight at HFX Sports Bar & Grill (check it out), Troy Brown is in town. The wide receiver of the New England Patriots for fifteen years, with three Super Bowl rings (2002, 2004, 2005), five AFC wins and an induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame, came by The Coast today to chat about his football career. One lucky fan at HFX will win a trip to Super Bowl 50

Originally from South Carolina (watch this), Brown played for Marshall University in West Virginia before being drafted into the NFL in 1993. He was cut then re-signed and for over a decade, he helped take the Patriots to the Super Bowl five times; the first time in 1997 and then with QB Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick. He set team reception records (557) with a career-high of 31 touchdowns. Since his retirement in 2008, the family man has been a Patriots commentator with ComCast and he recently published a book about his time with the team, Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty (available on Amazon). 

Brown is in town for one night at HFX Sports Bar (8pm, 19+) to watch the Chicago Bears play the Green Bay Packers, the team that defeated the Patriots at the Super Bowl in the '96 season. 

What brings you to Halifax?

I'm here to help the NFL. I’m all for promoting our game. For me, to be here promoting the game and getting recognized by fans, that's saying a lot for the game. The fans here are into it just as much as the fans back in the States. It says a lot for game and for the people of Halifax, as well. 

It seems you still have a good relationship with the Patriots.

I’m not officially involved, but I’m around. I live five minutes away from the facility, so I’m around, and I’ve got an open invitation from Belichick and (Robert) Kraft that I’m always welcome. 

Can you tell me about your loyalty to the team. Fifteen years is a long time.

Loyalty-wise, I was in a position where — when Belichick came back in 2000 — I was with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent, and I thought about signing with them but when I was there, the Patriots offered me an opportunity to be a starting wide receiver for the team. So I ended up coming back and we only won four or five games the first year, but then things just started clicking. I was in my eighth, ninth season at that particular time and I was like, well, why not stay? That’s where I had been my whole career. And the fans became pretty loyal towards me and really respected and enjoyed the way I played the game. It just became like a second home to me.  

And you had built such strong team by that point ... 

Yes, we built the foundation. What you see now was built by the guys who played in the 2000 and 2001 years and the fans really still love us. I haven’t played in eight years and I still have a lot of respect. I just put a book out and that’s done really well. I think the fans really related with it well, and I think I underestimated what I meant to the community and the New England area. Fans have really come out and supported the book and support me. It makes it a great place to live.

Playing college, at what point did an NFL career feel like a real possibility? 

It was the moment I got drafted. I didn’t have any idea what it really was, at that particular time. I just knew I was going to the NFL. I just knew it was a childhood dream, and now here I am. But at first, I only knew I was gonna be on an NFL team. I didn’t know the ins-and-outs of being cut or staying on the roster, you know? I was clueless about all those things and I actually made the final cut in my rookie year so I think the reality sunk in when I was on the NFL roster ... But it was short-lived because I got cut the following training camp and eventually was brought back on the roster, and that's actually when the reality of it set in — not just "making it" but how difficult it was to stay there and have a career ... And then to play fifteen years was kind of unheard of. I played fifteen years with the same team. After 1993, they came with the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) and guys could go into free agency and sign with different teams and so playing with the same team for fifteen years was really unheard of. You don’t see that happen in today’s game. 

Well on top of that, it was an amazing fifteen years!

An amazing fifteen years. And every year we had a chance. We had a chance and that’s what so great about it. In 2000, we were out of it. In 2002, we didn’t make playoffs. We were close. But every year from that point on, we were there and we always had a chance. Ten of those fifteen years I played, we were in the playoffs and we had an opportunity to do something. Lotta guys can’t say that. In the earlier days, a couple guys I played with had never played a playoff game, and these guys were at the end of their careers at that time. So you could see how thankful they were to be a part of the Patriots. Those kinds of things are great stories to share with the people. 


On that note, what are some of your highlights? Super Bowls obviously ... 

I like to share the highlights and lowlights. You know, being cut, being a 23-year-old kid, basically and not understanding the situation I was in and how it all worked out ... Those are things I learned to appreciate and learn valuable lessons from. How to conduct myself as a professional and not just rest on, 'Oh I’ve made it, my dream is complete, I've got the uniform.' Those kinds of things I look back on and learn to appreciate, you know? Some of the bonehead plays that happened (laughs), I reflect on those, as well.  Like, I fumbled on my first kick-off, in New England, our first home game, I fumbled it but scored a touchdown, one of the fastest touchdown scores in the history of the game. From there, I just continued to grow. I didn’t let those things hold me down or get me down, I just used them to help myself grow a little bit ... Being able to play in the Super Bowl, in my fourth year, against the Packers ... We were were out-manned, you know, they were a superior team by far, man, but we hung in there with them. It's in my book ...

2001 was a big year. The 2001 team was an amazing team ... 9/11, the quarterback’s coach died, Bledsoe got hurt, Tom Brady coming in for the first time and being named the starter for the rest of the year. Those kind of things stick out in my career and some of the plays that happened: blocking the kick in Pittsburgh and picking it up, and scoring a touchdown and returning the point for a touchdown ... Adam Vinatieri kicking the field goal in the snow against the Raiders. All those great stories. I have a lot of great memories. I'm 44 now. They're still there. 

What's Tom Brady like? 

Tom Brady’s pretty cool. He’s a down-to-earth guy, like he’s probably more shy than people think he is. He's probably the opposite of Peyton Manning — Peyton’s out there with the media stuff.

I love Papa Johns

Yeah, he hasn’t found a deal he doesn’t like (laughs) but Tom’s more reserved. I like Peyton, he’s a great guy, awesome guy, but Tom's just a little different, a little more reserved. He chooses things cautiously. And he's a great teammate, very respectful. He demands a lot of everybody and a lot out of himself, and I think that’s why you see him being so successful and the team being so successful, because he keeps the bar set at a high, high level all the time, he’s an awesome guy. 

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So what's Belichick like?

He’s great too. Everybody has those days, but for the most part, he likes to joke. He likes to laugh, but he likes to get his work done, as well. But, you know, he’s actually pretty funny. He likes to be comical and I think he gets a bad rep just because of the way he is with the media, his short answers and his grumpy disposition (laughs) but that comes along with it. I think he understands that. The people that know him, the guys that know him, they know he’s a good guy. 

He must inspire the the team. 

He does. He does a great job. There's no other way his team could be so successful unless he keeps finding ways to motivate them and inspire them to go out and play the way they do, every single week. It’s not an easy job. Players can get complacent or satisfied with where they are, with money they have, whatever else, but he continues to find ways to motivate them. He's inspiring. 

As a commentator for ComCast, you must catch all the games.

I pretty much watch every single game. I'm always watching them. 

What are you thoughts on the season so far?

Season’s been great! They’re 10 and 0. I'm just a little concerned about so many injuries, especially on offense. I wonder how long can they hold up. I’d love to see them go undefeated. As a player, I wouldn’t talk about that, but since I'm curbing the team now, that would be awesome. But it’s the way things are with that team, they’re down to basically two healthy receivers now. And one healthy receiver just got moved up from the practice squad last week, so that’s what they’re down to. It makes it a lot less likely, especially going into Denver this week. Denver is pretty tough, their defence is really, really good. And the offense is starting to play better now that Peyton’s out. Who could imagine that? But I still want to see them go undefeated, but i’m a little less optimistic about it ... if they lose this week, it’s not the end of the world. It gives them a chance to get a little more healthy for the last five weeks of the season and give that big push. 

Were you in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX? 

Yes I was, man. It’s a great place to have a Super Bowl, by the way. The weather wasn’t as great as we wanted it, but it's a great place to have it, for that time of year. And it was quite a finish to the game. That’s how you want them, that’s how New England Super Bowls always are. They always come down to the wire. We found a way to come out on top. And the energy is ridiculous, it is ridiculous. It's almost as great as having kids, watching your kids be born, it’s a great feeling. 

What retirement been like? Are you enjoying it? 

I planned to take a year off but WEEI, a radio station, called me to do some pre-game radio shows then ComCast asked if I wanted to do pre-game and nightly shows and I’m like, sure why not. So I ended up getting into that side of things, media and broadcasting, and it's something I never thought I’d do but I ended up liking it! It kept me around the game and I'm still doing it.

And you bring so much expertise with you ... 

Yes, they appreciated that a lot. And I got better at speaking. As a player, I was little shy, I was camera-shy definitely. I didn’t feel very comfortable so I didn't speak well in front of those cameras, but this helped me out a lot, even just in terms of dealing with people — So like, me sitting here right now having this conversation probably wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago ... As a player, I ran from the cameras. Anytime it was time for the cameras, I’d run into the meeting room and got dressed in there (laughs). This has helped me a lot. 

Aside from the book and media, what other plans do you have? 

Well, I got my two oldest kids — one’s a senior, one’s a sophomore — so once that sophomore gets to senior year, I'll start to think about what’s going to happen, but the work I do now is perfect for me. And my kids are soccer players so it allows me to watch them and hang out when they have games and what not. So once that comes to an end, we’ll see, but there are a lot of avenues in the NFL. That’s what’s so great about this game. There are so many great things you can do with this game to help out and that’s what it’s all about with me. That’s the Patriot way. 

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Quick Q&A with Mojo Martin

AKA Chris Martin plays new gig tonight at Casino Nova Scotia

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM


So Friday the 13th has been seen as bad luck since the Jesus times. Did you know that? Rumour has it (i.e. the internet) that the origin of the superstition originates from the Son of God's last supper on the eve of His crucifixion, Good Friday, as seen here in this little-known portraiture.

The idea of tragedy in relation to days on the calendar, whether its spiritual or logical or otherwise, has resonated through the ages in various forms of literature, music and culture, despite its seemingly random form of occurrence. For the most part, it's a coincidence, no matter how many horror films are dedicated to the idea that tragedy will occur if a Friday falls on the 13th day of the month. 

Still there's something quite mystical about it, and when you consider Delta and Southern Blues, and the rich spiritual and mystical tradition from whence they came, this sense of foreboding, or premonition, or heaviness, is naturally tied in. And so it makes sense that Mojo Martin (Chris Martin), playing his own blues, would feel a connection to this deep tradition. Cool eh? I asked Martin a few quickies about his new record, Friday 13th, in anticipation of his show tonight. 

Today is Friday the 13th! Nice timing. Why Friday 13th?

I recorded this album in one day on a Friday, the 13th. I did it that way on purpose because I was really curious about how that would work out for me, and because I have so much respect for that first generation of blues artists almost a hundred years ago who had to record that way. I realized that mistakes or flaws were an inherent part of that process, and that would have to be okay.

That's the tradition, too. 

It's more important that the feel is right.

So we know you as the Chris Martin Trio . . . 

Mojo Martin is a new rebranding of my musical career. Essentially, Chris Martin Trio was great, but now that I tour more often as a solo act, I need a name that can work in that context and my given name is un-Google-able due to Coldplay! Plus Mojo Martin rolls of the tongue nicely.

So after this one, what's next? 

My next recording will be a band sound. I have nine songs written for that, but I'm in no rush to record it yet. I still need a couple more tunes, and I want to give myself time to do it right. I've been touring more now than ever before, and I have come to believe in the importance of road-testing songs before heading into the studio. A song isn't finished until it's been presented to an audience!

Tonight's the night. 

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Q&A with Brian Shannon on new skate vid, screening Saturday

The Montreal filmographer premieres new skate video Duluth at Pro Skates this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 3:35 PM

Brian Shannon's new skate vid screens Saturday - HOPE CHRISTERSON
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On Saturday, our g's at Pro Skates (6451 Quinpool) are screening a new feature-length skate vid by Montreal filmographer and occasional VANS doggie, Brian Shannon. Shot since 2013 in Montreal, Chicago, Arizona and Barcelona, Duluth features the elite riding of Josh Clark, Zander Mitchell, Ethan Kilcour, Dustin Henry, Charles Deschamps, Johnny Purcell, Nate Oliver and a fuckload of other people. "This is all raw street skating," Shannon says. Named after his crew's old house near Duluth and de Bullion, Duluth also features a few shots by former Color Mag bruh Joel Martell (Oddfellows Barbershop). Bruh

Shooting Charles Deschamps in Montreal - RYAN LEBEL
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You took a crew trip to film in Barcelona. What was shooting in Europe like? 

Skating in Barcelona was cool. I had never been to Europe so everything was new to me. We tried to hit unknown spots while we were out there, but half of me wanted to be a tourist and see all the famous spots. Our only issue in Barcelona came at this point when Josh Clark tried to bluntside this rail into a bank and then pop down a double set. He had tried it out a year prior and he really wanted to land it for the video. Right before his fifth attempt, cops rolled into the school (during school) and as Josh ate shit (as in the teaser), Dan (our photographer) and I were told that if we were caught again anywhere near the area, we would have our gear confiscated. 

Do you still catch hard times when filming in public or skating structures? I know every city is different but it still feels like half the triumph of filming a landed trick is that someone didn't shoo you away before you could get it on camera.

Yeah. Everyone thinks they are cops. Wherever you go, you deal with super citizens who think they are the law but really you just tell them to call the cops and they just look at you like an alien. I'm not scared to get a ticket. You either film a trick on the last try or you make a plan to come back. Either coming back five minutes later, or later at night. If you're going to do it, you can do it. 

Tell me about the soundtrack on Duluth. Who picked the segment jams?

I selected the whole soundtrack, excluding Dustin's and Ethan's songs. Dustin really wanted to skate the song he skates to, and it ended up working better than what I selected. For Ethan's song, I had tried a few different songs and he didn't know what to use. I had told my friend Ryan that I was looking for a song (for him) and he ended up sending me his song one day. He was at a show and heard it the night before. Some of the band members actually live on Duluth. I actually bought the song off the band's website and it was such shit quality. I tried to fix it and it still sucked. I was lucky enough to run into one of the guys in the band two days before the premiere and got the proper version and fixed it. Very weird and random. It almost didn't work out. 

How did your experience filming other vids help you out on this one? In terms of, like, creating a flow or choosing the best scenes, the order of appearances...

Well, this isn't my first rodeo. Definitely filming for the last two Dime videos set a standard for what skateboarding should look like coming out of Montreal. Those guys are my friends, I respect them a lot but just because it didn't fit in their video didn't mean it wouldn't fit in mine. A few of these tricks had been previously cut from Dime Turd Season but everything has a home somewhere. When I made the first cut of the timeline mid-August, the video was 20 minutes of skating. I cut three minutes (besides credits) because I thought it was too long. That's hard because then you have to re-think the whole video. After I cut that, the parts just fell into the proper place. 

What were you going for with this one?

The video is just meant to be fun. It's like, this is what I have been doing for two years with no bullshit. I guess it would be cool if people watched it and wanted to skate but if you would rather watch it and drink some beers, even better. 

It premiered in Montreal in September and then Toronto. What was that like?

Montreal was pretty crazy. Grey Goose, crowd-surfing and even a fire. Toronto wasn't as nuts but it was a lot of fun and everyone was stoked. It's hard to top crowd-surfing and a fire. There are Hamilton and Moncton premieres coming up too.

I've spent my whole life trying to skate. It's fucking hard. When did you get into it?

I think I've had a skateboard since I was eight, but it was some Wal-Mart "landshark" shit board. I used to put sand on it and push it down the street. I didn't understand what it was actually for. I remember this one time I was going to Blockbuster with my mom, I saw this guy ollie up a sidewalk curb and I was like, 'I want to do that.' From there, I got a real board and played Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. As dumb as that sounds, that was what helped me get into skating. I was some suburban kid who played sports, but skateboarding was better than all of them. Now skating is just second nature. I've gotten worse at a lot of tricks and gotten better at others, it's a never-ending cycle. I mostly just film so I guess I'm good at avoiding cracks and other obstacles. 

Not dumb, me too. I still love playing Tony. You filming now?

I don't think I'll ever stop. I'm going to try and film some more tricks for the new Dimestore video whenever I'm not working. 

Tell me why people should come check this out on Saturday. 

Because watching shit on your phone sucks. Enjoy the video. 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sweet Talk with DJ Festive Special (and a dance mix!)

The scoop on snacks for Andrew Neville's Saturday night dance party, Sugar 2

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 4:19 PM


Hey out there, The Coast got you covered. Here's what's up Saturday night: you're gonna get turnt with your friends, drink some of that purp, and then get greasy at Sugar 2: Deep Fried Fun. It's the next episode of a very sweet dance party hosted by DJ Festive Special (Andrew Neville), with bass-heavy DJ Fadzwa and the trap king DJ James Reid. It'll be a party-mix of pop, hip hop, house, dance hall, R&B, new wave and "whatever." And you better know by now that I'm down for whatever. 

If you were at the first Sugar, you'll remember that Gus's Club was jammed to the max. Once again, it'll be tight. To get you pumped up for the sweetness, we've got some sweet talk with the Festive Special himself. We also asked the super chef to whip up a deep-fried dance mix, which you can taste below. Get your sample on and see you there.

What snack would Young Thug be?
Surati Delight. It’s this Indian-Canadian snack mix you can buy at Indian and Asian grocery stores. It’s got some nuts and some potato sticks and peas and all kinds of other salty treats. It’s a really complex and rich snack mix.

Which fast food item would Drake be?
Flamethrower Burger from Dairy Queen, obviously.

Would you rather be in Mumford & Sons or U2?
U2 make more money and it’s probably less work and they at least have, like, five good songs. The Mumfords can’t really hold a candle to Bono, Edge and the rest of the guys.

Which Canadian band would you go on tour with?

Get shreked at Sugar 2 - CREDIT: NATHAN DOUCET
  • Get shreked at Sugar 2
  • Credit: Nathan Doucet

Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Strictly CGI and voiced by Jon Lovitz

What's your mall Food Court kiosk go-to?
Manchu Wok* hands down.  *Editor's note: TRUUU

What's your favourite place to dance in Halifax?
I don’t know. Anywhere that is actually like a club always kind of scares me because I’m worried some 20 year old is going to say something snide to me or punch me or something. Gus’ Pub is actually a pretty nice place to dance if you supplement the PA a little bit.

What three songs best represent you?
American Football - Never Meant
Cap’n Jazz - Yes I Am Talking To You
The Promise Ring - Why Did We Ever Meet?

What's your favourite sweet treat?
Caramilk Bar

What's your favourite salty treat?
Covered Bridge Salt N’ Vinegars

What's your favourite anime?
Neon Genesis Evangelion

What member of TLC are you?
Theresa Caputo

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

From the car: a text-interview with Montreal's Babysitter

Playing tonight and tomorrow night in Halifax with Calgary's Hagface

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Can you hear me now?
  • Can you hear me now?

, one of Montreal's gnarliest rock bands, will play in Halifax tonight and tomorrow night and you should almost definitely check them out. Do it for me. Originally from Victoria, B.C., the prolific trio of dudes relocated to the east last year and recently released a seven-inch split on Toronto's Pleasance Records with Calgary's Hagface (side note: last fall, Hagface released one with Shearing Pinx, a band on local Divorce Records. It's all in the family, baby).

Now Babysitter is gearing up to release their self-titled full-length on Montreal's Psychic Handshake on September 16 and singer/guitarist Kristian North says the album is the best expression of the band's music so far. With over a dozen releases, on which some songs appear more than once and in various forms, Babysitter is the hardest jam band you'll probably ever hear.  
While they were driving to Halifax, somewhere between eastern Quebec and New Brunswick, I text-interviewed North yesterday afternoon about the record, TV shows and Halifax diners. You may remember Babysitter from OBEY Convention in 2013 when they played with Pissed Jeans. 

Kristian: Adria, we are on the highway.
Adria: That rules. I'm sending a question.
Kristian: I'm just sitting here.
Adria: I'm a big Freak Heat Waves fan (who are also from Victoria) & some bands in the west have a whole different vibe than the east. Wondering what you've noticed about living in Montreal, if there's like a different cultural aesthetic or something? 
Kristian: FHW spent a chunk of time in MTL, at least Steve (Lind). I'd say the landscape has its inspiration on both of us. MTL is a destination city so it has people from all over. The main difference I see compared 2 Victoria, which is a small place, is more diversity, more scenes.
Kristian: I here of new bands all the time. I can't keep up really.
Kristian: *hear
Adria: Good point about Steve. So you're into "keeping it loose" and playing songs not exactly as recorded and stuff ... Is that how you keep it ~ fresh?
Kristian: We just do whatever we want. It's not planned. Babysitter is best at jamming than practising. Inspiration is there in every band, if you're listening. I think this (new) record sounds like us most. 5 years in, you start sounding like yourself. 
Adria: Then what's the difference between jamming and playing a show?
Kristian: The people there ... hopefully.
Adria: Nice. Okay to start from the top, how did you come together as Babysitter?
Kristian: Andy (Vanier) and I started the band. We were working together and started jamming and recording everything on tape. Aden (Colligne) joined 2 years ago after two other drummers had played with us. He first appears on EYE.
Adria: Can you elaborate on the part about "5 years in" sounding like yourself?
Kristian: I'm pretty into most things we did, right back to tape. There's a lot of different sides to Babysitter, if you go through the back catalogue. I just mean at this point we have our thing pretty figured out, even as we keep experimenting with new genres or whatever, it's always Babysitter.
Adria: Why do you like recording reel to reel and/or to tape?
Kristian: It sounds better. There's an authenticity to it ...
Kristian: We've recorded on basically all mediums though. 
Kristian: Haven't done DAT yet 
Adria: What do you mean by tape being more 'authentic'? 
Kristian: To me it just sounds fuller, I guess, like music sounds in a room. A bit more like a band. Like it blends in this way. It's better to my ear. But I'm not sure sounding good has anything to do with clarity or whatever. 
Adria: I agree with that. And you have buried tones that sound better on tape, I think. It can feel heavy at times, does that reflect your moods at all?
Kristian: Yeah Babysitter is pretty heavy, is that what you mean?
Adria: Well I mean, you're not making bubblegum pop
Adria: I'm curious where the heaviness comes from...

Kristian: I mean, as far as subject goes, I think I'd like people to decide for themselves. I think the new record is sort of dark but also nostalgic. There's no prevalent or constant theme. I think some of the stuff is pretty uplifting also. 
Adria: I agree with that, there are jangly bits. I wanna send some sillies now. 
Kristian: OK Let's do the silly stuff.
Adria: Can you get everyone in the band (in the car) to send me the emoji that best represents them? Mine, for instance, might be the sunglasses dude. 
Kristian: < beer glass >
Kristian: < devil icon >
Kristian: < pink poodle >
Adria: Who is who?
Kristian: Actually I dunno. Aden is sleeping and Andy's driving with headphones on so I just sent you ones I thought were funny. Emoticons creep me out. I don't like the idea of language being replaced with symbols, like those 'thumbs up' people press on the internet, wtf is that? That's some mind control right there. You ever seen on your page when someone posts an article about some war travesty or something and everyone gives it the thumbs up? It's like reaction without thought. That's the conclusion of symbols as communication.
Kristian: Sorry I just ruined the fun question. 
Adria: Haha no that's sick. You're right, it kinda creeps me out too. Like what does the sunglass dude really mean? Okay more fun ones. I'm gonna give you two things and you have to pick your favourite of them.
Adria: 1. Simpsons or King of the Hill?
Kristian: I mean it sorta has to be the Simpsons right.
Kristian: King of the Hill is pretty funny though, I gotta say. 
Adria: Haha I know, I love how Hank says "Bobby."
Adria: Okay 2. Smoked meat sandwich or smoked salmon?

Kristian: Smoked salmon for me. I'm still a BC boy.
Adria: That was a loyalty question for sure. 
Adria: Okay 3. Sabbath or Zeppelin?

Kristian: Easy. Sabbath. 
Adria: Can't agree there but I get it. 
Adria: 4. Would you rather win on Jeopardy or The Price is Right?

Kristian: Um, which one do you get more money?
Adria: Let's say you'd win $25,000 on Jeopardy or prizes worth $25,000 on the Price. Same value, different honour, Trebek VS. Drew Carey. 
Kristian: I guess Jeopardy. Just seems like a bit more of a badge. Price is Right is all sorta luck, isn't it? I didn't know Drew Carey hosted it now. I remember that old dude.
Kristian: He probably died on that show.
Adria: Hahaha Bob Barker. He just retired. But I think he was a boob grabber. 
Adria: Okay last one, if Babysitter could open for any band, who would it be?
Kristian: Maybe Crazy Horse. A man can dream. 
Kristian: Or Sabbath. And Zeppelin would open for us. 
Kristian: I'm just pullin ur chain.
Adria: My Jesus and Mary Chain?
Kristian: Sure. 
Adria: Well I'm stoked to see you in Halifax.
Adria: This was an experiment. 

Kristian: Stoked to see Halifax. Is Mary's diner still there?
Adria: Ohhh yeah. 
Kristian: Sweet.
Kristian: C u at the show!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Newlywed Game with Chris Locke and Kathleen Phillips-Locke

Toronto's funniest comics stand-up at The Khyber tonight for EAT PRAY LOL

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 12:51 PM


In a special episode of The Scene, one cool couple will prove their love with random questions for a chance to win The Coast's Newlywed Game with your host, me, Adria Young

Thanks for tuning in. Let's meet our contestants! 

Chris Locke
  • Chris Locke
Today on the show, we have Toronto comics and lovers Chris Locke and Kathleen Phillips-Locke. This dashing pair observed their second wedding anniversary on August 29: "We celebrated by eating take-out and watching Deliverance on TV," Philips-Locke tells me. Now that's romance.

As actors and performers, life imitates art: both are in Halifax this week wrapping up Season 5 of CBC's Mr. D, on which they play "sexy swingin' couple Emma and Ted Terdie." Also a member of Toronto comedy troupe Laugh Sabbath, Phillips-Locke was in Winnipeg earlier this summer shooting the first season of Sunnyside, a new sketch show airing on CityTV on September 27 (soon available online). 

Meanwhile, hubby-hubby finished a summer of touring across Canada with a final show at Montreal's Just for Laughs. Locke also continues his weekly podcast sensation, Utopia To Me? with some of the country's funniest comedians. This follows the success of Locke's comedy album, The World is Embarrassing, which he released last February; the album sold very well on iTunes and is still being played constantly on SiriusXM.

I'm already laughing! 
Kathleen Phillips-Locke
  • Kathleen Phillips-Locke

Tonight at The Khyber, Locke and Phillips-Locke will perform stand-up at EAT PRAY LOL 4 with local hero and comedy whiz Mark Little and your host, fellow funny-guy Everardo Ramirez (8:30pm, pay what you can). If tonight will be anything like Locke's last visit to Halifax, you better bring a change of underpants. To replace the ones you'll pee in. From laughing so hard. 

But before tonight's show, the lovely duo has agreed to play The Coast's Newlywed Game ("As long as it doesn't ruin our marriage," says Phillips-Locke). Please sit through the entire 1970s TV show theme-song while pretending this picture of original game-show host Bob Eubanks is actually me. 

Adria Young as Bob Eubanks
  • Adria Young as Bob Eubanks

Let's begin the show! Thanks to Chris and Kathleen for joining us.

Chris and Kathleen have answered revealing questions relating to their relationship, but neither have seen the responses until now. Are they a match made in comedy heaven? You decide.

Question 1: When you met, who approached whom first? 

Chris: We both touched the same dead dog at the same time to ask, “You okay, buddy?” And then looked up into each other’s eyes and the rest is herstory.

When we met, the feeling was mutual. We both felt nothing for each other until about ten years had passed.   

Question 2: When you first moved in together, what item of each other's did you hate?

Chris:  The laughing urn.

I hated his pile of writhing garbage bags. 

Question 3: What record in your collection does the other hate?

Chris: Any Animal Collective where Avey Tare sings.

Kathleen: Chris is not fond of my "Pope John Paul II LIVE from the Vatican" CD. 

Question 4a: What is Chris' favourite TV show?

Chris: Right now my favourite show is the Blue Jays. 

Kathleen: I think it's called "Motorcycle Friends." 

Question 4b: What is Kathleen's favourite TV show?

Chris: House Buyers. 

Kathleen: I think it's called "Lena Dunham's Zone." 

Question 5: Whose farts smell the worst?

Chris: The laughing urn. 

Kathleen: It's a mystery. We vowed never to pass gas at one another. Till death do us fart. 

Question 6: What is the one household chore that your spouse never does?

Chris: Dust the laughing urn. 

Kathleen: Mop up the weird water that persistently seeps from the base of our toilet.

Question 7: What does your spouse love the most about you?

Chris: My comedy album. 

Kathleen: My big biceps. 

Question 8: Who is the most insecure?

Chris: I am. Isn't that nice?

Kathleen: Definitely Chris. He hates himself! It's a riot!

Question 9: Who would be the first to say they want to leave a lame dinner party?

Chris: I would. And then I'd take off my shirt and punch the butler. 

Kathleen: Chris has pushed his chair away from the table many times to announce that he is "leaving this lame dinner party." I wind up finishing my meal alone, but that's okay because I also finish off his wine.

And finally, Question 10: What is your favourite memory together so far?

Kathleen: Any time we've let out bare butts hang out in nature without the cops knowing. 

Chris: Skinny dipping. 

Seems like a perfect match. Come down to laugh your buns off tonight at The Khyber!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Flood Together: Q&A with Floodland's Lauchie Headrick

Halifax's fab four play Abbey Road tonight at The Carleton

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Floodland as The Beatles - SEAN MACGILLIVARY
  • Floodland as The Beatles
  • Sean MacGillivary

In April, Halifax’s Floodland released It’s The Fire, which featured the single “Old School,” a perfectly named rock jam for this four-piece rock band. Across the universe of their releases, Floodland brings classic pop sounds into modern indie rock, like a revolver.

To shake it up, baby, Floodland’s been covering legendary Beatles songs in live performances. With other modern songs, Floodland might be the city's best Beatles cover band. 

Tonight at The Carleton Bar & Grill ($5, 9:30pm), Floodland will play their original jams, plus some Radiohead, Alvvways and Morrissey covers. But they’ll also play the entirety of Abbey Road, an album that’s iconic not just for its artwork, but as the last recorded record by the band (recorded after the already tracked but later released finale, Let It Be). Abbey features the most of George Harrison’s Moog synth; it's the first album without a cohesive narrative; it’s the last with a Ringo Starr solo. It might not be your favourite one, but it's so heavy. 

I talked to Lauchie Headrick, Floodland’s Macca, to get the Mersey beat on tonight's show.  

Q: I know you’re the Paul, but who in the band is each Beatle?
A: Deep down, I think we all wish we were Billy Preston *cue organ solo*

Q: Why Abbey Road? Why did you choose this album?
A: Abbey Road is just one of those albums, you know? A classic. We’ve all had a moment with it. Also, Abbey Road is the only album with “Octopus’s Garden," so it seemed like the logical choice.

Q: Last month, you did Beatles Night at the Casino. What did you cover?
A: What didn’t we cover? We played about three hours worth of material, which equals out to about 3,245 songs. It was a magical evening. Journey was also playing at Alderney Landing and we could hear “Don’t Stop Believin’” across the water. The music gods were smiling on us that night.

Q: When did Floodland start following the sun as a Beatles cover band?
A: We’ve put this together about three or four times now. It started when we heard that The Stogies did a Rolling Stones tribute show. The Stogies are our rivals. We had to do something.

Q: Why do you think these songs are so precious almost 50 years later?
A: That's an excellent question, Adria, and I’m not sure I have the answer to it, but I think that it really says something (for itself) when a group of sweaty indie rockers in 2015 can dig into these songs from the 1960s and discover new sounds and inspirations.

Q: Any Beatles moments? Thousands of teens chasing you in alleys? Got a Yoko? 
A: Typically, after a Beatles tribute show, the only people chasing you through alleys are thousands of old men wanting to discuss the bass line in “Something.” Occasionally, we get the odd blister on our finger. And we are now having open auditions for the role of Yoko. Please contact.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Q&A with CROSSS' Andy March

Hellish and heavy former-Halifax band plays last-minute show tonight at Menz Bar

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 3:56 PM

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After years of touring, a relocation to Toronto and a lineup change, the heavy-experimental CROSSS released the album Lo at the end of May, and it fucking slays. Following 2013’s Obsidian Spectre like a shadow, Lo has received much critical acclaim: Lo’s full-fledged anxiety bleeds through sludgy technicalities, droning distortions and occult storylines. It's spooky as hell. 

Tinged by the creepy pitches of vocalist/guitarist Andy March, CROSSS commands balance like a sacrificial ritual that implies both life and death. In live performance, the band carries the pounding weight of Sabbath-era horror with the lightness of minimalist instrumentation.

In more simple terms, CROSSS is incredibly dynamic.

CROSSS most recently played Sappy Fest. Since then, they've been in Halifax writing and recording the next record. Tonight, CROSSS plays a last-minute show with hardcore cover-boys Unreal Thought ($5, 11pm) at Menz Bar, which follows electronic/DJ sets at The Khyber featuring CROSSS’ bassist Scarlett Rose and synth player Ami Spears as Schønsee, with Vulva Culture, DJ Almond Breeze and Kurt Inder ($5, 8pm). I talked to March about what's been up with CROSSS. They play just before the early-morning meteor shower

Q: How has the summer been going for CROSSS?
A: This summer was really exciting. Releasing our second LP seems to be a high-water mark of sorts, and touring has been more meaningful. We covered a lot of ground, saw a lot of amazing stuff as usual, and we all just want to keep going.

Q: You're leaving town tomorrow. Where are you headed?
A: This weekend, we play Shed Island in Newfoundland, then we have a bunch of Montreal and Toronto shows. Then we take off with our buds Built to Spill for a few weeks. After that we head out west again.

Q: Have you been surprised by the responses to Lo?
A: The response to a release always takes time to understand. This one has been extra-confusing in a way. I was very pleased with the critic’s appreciation of the more experimental elements, which is the real accomplishment. There are some things I would have done differently. Some critical reactions refer to the experience of listening (to the album) from beginning to end. That’s not how I listen to music, really, so I overlooked the importance of that. 

Q: CROSSS' underwent a big lineup change. How is songwriting with the band’s new members? 
A: The four of us (me, Kris Bowering, Ami Spears and Scarlett Rose) are developing a strong rapport, which is a new experience for me. Collaboration is an art in itself. We all bring very diverse creative elements and influences from our disparate backgrounds, but we are finding common threads. Sometimes we sound like Wolf Eyes, sometimes we sound like a Lord of the Flies score. But we’re all really excited and that’s the main thing right now.

Q: In addition to new members, you added synths. How does that enhance CROSSS overall?
A: Initially, I wouldn’t have considered adding that element. But synthesizers are the most diverse musical instrument in the world, so it’s very possible to create sounds that have literally never been heard before, which is amazing and mind-boggling. In this band, so far, the synth serves to bring the other instruments together in a way that I now cannot live without. On this tour, we played a few shows without Ami and it was torture.

Q: Occult themes run through CROSSS. What do those moods mean to you? 
A: I am an introvert, so the creative process often brings me to the inside. The other (members) are that way, too, so we connect and find each other in this way. At first it seems intimidating to look, and to twist the mind about in this way, looking inside. But it's the world we all inhabit, whether we choose to look or to not look. And then (in performance) I like the idea that each artist brings something to the lives of others that is special. The potential intimacy of this experience can develop over time. That is what I like about my life right now.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Q&A with Mauno

Say so long this Thursday before Mauno tour Canada all summer

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 12:43 PM

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Before playing a cross-Canadian tour kick-off show this Thursday, May 28 at Menz & Mollyz Bar with Quaker Parents, Harley Alexander and the Universal Lovers and Municipality ($6, 9pm), Mauno's Nick Everett takes a break from writing chill pop tunes to answer a few questions. But he doesn't reveal too much though, mystery is important.

Q: Can you give me a brief history of the band? 
A: Mauno started in September and since then we've toured the Maritimes and to Toronto a handful of times, most notably on separate tours with Vulva Culture and Omhouse. I've been writing these songs for a couple of years and brought Eliza Niemi and Evan Matthews on to help me finish them.

Q: Where is this tour taking you? Two months is a long time for Canada, it'll be a nice pace, I bet.
A: We're going as far as Victoria, meeting Gianna Lauren in Calgary and playing as her band through BC and then back east. We're taking so long because we're not just traveling as Mauno—between the four of us we have four projects (Gianna Lauren, Mauno, Nick Everett solo and Eliza Niemi solo.  That way we can use less gas, play a few shows, and hang out in a city for a little longer.

Q: Do you have more recordings planned?
A: We do. We're on the verge of finishing a new album and we'll have a single out for the start of our tour.  We recorded it here in Evan's basement (where Vulva Culture did their "Where we practice" thing) and at Drones (Mike Wright/Haligon diaspora's space) in Montreal. We've been mixing with our friend Alex Sheppard who teaches at OIART in Ontario. We'll be releasing it in August through Canadian and American labels that we can't yet disclose.  

Q: Are you all planning on staying in Halifax for the forseeable future?
  A: Our tour is spanning the entire summer and into September. Going west and back June and July, Ontario and the Maritimes (Newfoundland inclusive) in August, and then over the pond in September to play with Gianna and as Mauno.

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Q: How is the songwriting split up? Does someone bring a song to the table finished and everyone fleshes it out? What inspires the lyrics? Do you keep a notebook? 
A: We write as most bands write—snippets turned into full songs. Anyone brings something forward and we flesh it out. We're currently working on two new songs for tour, one where Evan wrote the guitar part, Nick the vocals, and then as a band we made it a real song.  

Q: Can you tell me how you settled on the name? 
A: Mauno is Eliza's grandfather's name. It's a really common Finnish name—kind of like John or Mike. We settled on it because we liked the sound of the word but there's a better story. While Mauno's dad, Albert (Eliza's great-grandfather) was very musical, Mauno wasn't. Albert had a huge influence on Eliza's father, Art, so it seems to have skipped Mauno entirely. We see our using the name Mauno as a reclaiming of Mauno's understandable frustration toward music, reclaiming his name as the missing link. Also, it's pronounced Mao-No.

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