How would you classify your music?
Eric: Acoustic-electric rock. Somewhere between pop and alt.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Eric Labossiere – lead singer/acoustic guitar/songwriter = The Police, Pearl Jam, DMB, The Tragically Hip, Counting Crows, Jim Croce. Joel Couture (Joe C) – Bassist = Motown, Sam Roberts, The Strokes, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Weezer. Joel Perreault (Joe P) – Lead Guitarist, backing vox = Chris Thile, Alice in Chains, Tom Petty, Roy Buchanan, Joel Plaskett.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
Eric: An experience. I want them to feel the words and music, and remember the experience.
Joe C: The energy. They should also groove and rock and enjoy that moment!
Joe P: They should feel like it’s their own.
Can you tell us a bit about this album – “The Spiders We Eat”? How does it differ from your previous work on “Supply and Demand”?
Joe C: TSWE is a rock EP. For me it’s a continuation of S&D. Song writing and musicianship always evolves but a similar energy was present for both sessions. We had a great time prepping these new songs for the studio, finding a special place in the mixes for all types of treats! Working with JP is always energizing and rewarding.
When was “The Spiders We Eat” officially released?
Eric: It was released in March of this year, but we have just started getting videos out and really started promoting the effort.
What do you love and hate about the Music Business?
Joe C: LOVE – the camaraderie, the energy, the exchange / HATE – wandering eyes during one-on-one meetings, ‘gotta find the coolest fucking person in the room’ syndrome.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
Joe P: The Watchmen @ The Walker Theatre. Re playing live, the connection with the audience, the moment shared.
Tell us about your latest video?
Eric: Our latest video for “Ride In Your Mind” was intended to be organic and real. We produced it with Nigel Jones and he was great to work with. The footage is actual live and studio takes of the song being performed at both a live venue, and also in the studio where the track was recorded. Much of the footage you see in the video consists of actual live off the floor takes of the drums, bass and guitar being recorded. I think people appreciated the realness of the video.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years?
Eric: I think myself personally that I spend more time in advance, thinking about what I want to write about and how the song will sound before I start actually writing it. Which, I believe makes for a better song. I think this came across on “The Spiders We Eat” EP. Of course, I’m even more excited about our next collection of 12-15 songs, which I can’t wait to get recording. I think the writing is consistently getting stronger, which makes everything better and more exciting. Band wise, the guys just get better every day. When TMC is not touring, the guys have been very fortunate to be able to tour with a handful of other great musicians, which makes them stronger and stronger, and helps bring back better ideas when they lay down parts for our own material.
Joe P: I have a stronger appreciation for simple melodies and musical ideas. I’m more aware of the sonic space I need to occupy during a song, a record.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
JOE C: The Strokes in 2001.
Joe P: Paul Chambers in the late 50s.
So tell us what’s next?
Eric: Right now we’re working on releasing another video for this EP – which will have a fun animation theme – and we are also working hard at tunes for our next record. This next studio effort will be a full length album recorded up in Canada, and will have a mix of acoustic and rock tracks, which our fans have loved in the past. We plan on bringing back producer JP Peters, as well as a couple of great musicians to work with us as well.