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.
The Jerry Cans started out as a way for us to entertain our friends in Iqaluit and write songs about our hometown, both the good and the bad. When we started we never had any intention of touring or sharing our music outside of Nunavut because we really thought no one would want to hear songs in a language they couldn’t understand. 7 years later it never ceases to amaze us that interest in our little band from our tiny little town has allowed us to tour all over the world.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Echoes is our 4th album but feels like something completely new to us. While it is definitely a Jerry Cans record it dives into a lot of new sonic territory and our approach to the writing process was completely different. In the past Andrew would bring songs and lyrics to the group and the rest of the band would help with the arrangements. On this record it was a more collaborative approach where each member broat an idea to the table and the songs were written before the lyrics. The record has a lot of new sounds on it which is due in part to the involvement of our producer Jace Lasek from the Besnard Lakes. Jace introduced us to new effects pedals and helped us with achieving sounds that we hadn’t been able to create without him.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
We all have very different musical tastes but we tend to agree on a few things. We all love hip-hop and often play it before shows. On Echoes we have a number of interlude tracks that were influenced by the practice of including either instrumental or skit interludes on hip hop records.
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?
Well we have never really been able to describe our genre or sound. Because we have violin in our sound and occasionally accordion we often get lumped into the Folk music category. But we really view ourselves as a Arctic Indie. We might stray across genre lines but are music is always influenced by the people, sights and sounds around us.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Albums – Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly, Radiohead – In Rainbows, Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Books – Slaughterhouse Five by- Kurt Vonnegut, Dune by Frank Herbert, Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling
Movies -, Super Troopers, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Ex Machina
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Live any day of the week. Creating music in the studio is an amazing experience and we love the magic we can create in that space, but nothing beats the rush you get from taking chances on stage and connecting with an audience.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Cant think of anything right now!
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Kazabazua from our new album is the most unique song of ours as it all based on an an arpeggiated synthesizer riff. Prior to Echoes we had never incorporated any synths so this song is a real change of pace. We hope people enjoy it!
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Before COVID-19 hit we were about to tour Germany and Japan so hopefully those will be the first places we will hit when we can get back on the road.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Who would you like to be the backing band for?
Neil Young. We think we would knock that out of the park!
Photo credits: Saali Kuata
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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