What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Patrick: I grew up in a pretty rough area of Canada, and when I finally got out and into a fine arts school, I was told to give up because I sucked. I auditioned by drumming a Nirvana song, so I don’t understand their level of surprise when I couldn’t play classical music. I didn’t really take myself too seriously after that, but I was always a fan of Mike and his music. Then last year I nearly died in a car accident, and I had one of those “live like it’s your last day” moments. Once we started talking it made me realize everyone’s opinion of sucking is subjective, and I dove in head first to the band and began writing songs with him.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Patrick: Our newest song is called “Heartbreak Jewelry”. The song itself was nearly deleted before it began, which speaks to my unrealistic paranoia and self-doubt. The whole thing came together as fast as you could imagine, basically one take or improvisation from each of us, so it’s as raw as it gets. In addition, we just released the video for “Candy Is A Heartthrob”, that portrays a character similar to the residents McWilliams interacts with in his volunteering for Vancouver homelessness charity Covenant House along with some actual footage he shot around Vancouver, giving a fuller idea of the humanitarian crises happening in the city with homelessness and drug addiction.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Mike: More of an inspiration than an influence, but Woody Guthrie. Not that he didn’t make great music as well, but he stood for some real, great things and all people could learn from him. It’s easy to just live your life with a blind eye to troubles around you, but sometimes people gotta just say enough is enough and stand up for what’s right. Instead of so much me, perhaps we could all start thinkin’ more about us.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Patrick: It’s electronic music with a punk mentality, but I guess saying that isn’t very punk. We’re not fabricated in a studio the way Taylor Swift was, but we’re not afraid to reside in the pop world on our own terms.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Patrick: Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun and Afraid of Heights by Wavves
Mike: Alfred Aholo Apaka (HAWAII’S GOLDEN VOICE)
Mike: Wristcutters (A Love Story) and Tremors
Patrick: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Mike: Garfield Complete Works: Volume 2
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Mike: Both have their pros and sometimes cons, but I guess I gotta say live. It’s less stressful and you aren’t too worried about performing well cause you know you already got it, where as in the studio you always wonder will you walk away with something you are happy with. Plus there are usually fewer people dancing to your music in the studio.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Patrick: Once we were locked out of my place, and Mike had to break in through the window. We had just finished recording a music video under a bridge infested with mosquitos and were covered in bites; the footage wasn’t even usable and actually wasn’t funny at all. Another tale involves the penthouse of the Hollywood Tower, lollipops and a bucket of chicken, but I can’t elaborate on that.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Patrick: The last song on our EP isn’t out yet, and I can’t share the title, but it’s definitely the most “Gone Sugar Die” in my opinion. It will probably be a B-side, which sucks, because those are usually the most timeless and eclectic songs people overlook
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Mike: We have an EP finished and we will be playing a lot of shows and headed out to Europe in the near future, all while we have already begun working on our next album.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
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