We’ve been great! We’re really excited to finally have our debut LP coming out.
Can you talk to us more about your song “North”?
Sure! “North” was a song that slowly grew. It started as just the verse lyrics. I felt really happy with them, but the original melody wasn’t quite there. I sat on them for a few months and then one day I wrote the music (guitar/piano) and fit the words to it. It wasn’t planned to have those words fit so naturally; it just happened. I think after the initial structure and lyrics were done, I fussed over the lyrics for about nine months before I was truly happy. It was a bit of a sonic departure from everything we had done previously, but I think it sets the stage for the Colours Of You album and what one can expect, hence we felt we should include it, despite being released as a single before we even recorded the album. Don’t take that as me saying the whole album sounds like “North,” though, because it definitely doesn’t, but it has similar vibes.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
I’ll speak vaguely on the subject as it’s about someone dear to me, and I don’t want to reveal who it is and tell their story, but it has to do with addiction and having to watch a loved one struggle with it.
What was it like filming the video for the track?
It was a blast. Richard Kelly is a lot of fun to work with and he really brought the song to life with the video. I should mention a lot of the scenes were shot at 5 am late October in downtown Edmonton, which as you can imagine was pretty cold!
The single comes off your new album Colours of You – what’s the story behind the title?
Colours of You was named after people and the colours that they show: love, loss, hope, dread, excitement, fear, etc. Some of these are prettier than others, but it all depends on perspective. We’re not necessarily saying blue for sad, green for jealousy or any other cliché colour association, as the colours that burst from each individual are represented differently in everyone.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording was a lot of fun, though mentally exhausting at times. We spent a lot of hours in the studio, and I’m not a person who likes to sit still all day. I love running and being physically active, so being indoors 10 hours a day got me a little stir crazy. I think it probably helped me be in a more emotionally vulnerable place, which likely made a better record at the end of the day. Working with Randor Lin, our longtime producer and friend, is always phenomenal. We have a great relationship and a really strong chemistry.
What role does being from British Columbia play in your writing?
Well, it’s winter seven months a year where we live. It’s pretty dismal at times, and beautiful at others (like the titular Colours, it’s all about perspective). TJ and I both write a lot more when there’s snow on the ground, so I guess it’s a good thing overall. Something about it is just so inspiring.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The lyrics are always a reflection of things I’ve been through and of my life. They’re never phoned in. We never play pretend or write about things we don’t understand. I think if you come from a place of honesty and integrity, people can hear it and it resonates a lot deeper than if you’re trying to be something you’re not. Honestly, my brain doesn’t have an off switch. Most of our second LP is already written thanks to that perpetual mental motor and the constant snowspiration.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re working on a tour, which should be announced soon.
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