The Canadian rockers begin their UK tour in support of South Carolina’s Emery today, so ahead of the British release of their ace, fourth album ‘The World I Want To Leave Behind’. Rock Sound got on the blower to chat with frontman Kenny Bridges
The Canadian rockers begin their UK tour in support of South Carolina’s Emery today, so ahead of the British release of their ace, fourth album ‘The World I Want To Leave Behind’. Rock Sound got on the blower to chat with frontman Kenny Bridges.
You either tend to be playing quite modest headline shows over here, or supporting other bands, as you are on this run with Emery. How dedicated are your fans in the UK?
“We don’t have a huge, dedicated following, but when we’ve come over and done Barfly tours, they’ve always been so much fun just to see the people that just want to be there. That’s the one thing for us, we don’t honestly care how many people we’re playing to, as long as those people want to be there.”
It’s been four years since the release of your last record, ‘The Red Tree’. Other than Steve Nunnaro replacing Peter Krpan on drums, how have you changed as a band and as people in that time?
“As people, I might not be as hyperactive as I was three or four years ago, maybe I’ve calmed down a bit in my old age, but not too much. Give me a Red Bull and you’ll see me freak out, man, I’ll fuck this place up. I’ll frigging just get naked within seconds and start destroying hotel beds. I’ll put them back together after. But musically we tried a lot of stuff on this record, that we’ve always wanted to do, but not been fully confident enough to just try different things. There are a lot of quieter songs. This record’s a lot more moody than any of our other records before, there are way more intense moments than there’s ever been and there’s way more, I dunno, I’d say beautiful moments. Like, ‘Waterfalls’ is way more stripped down than any of our other quieter songs in the past, kind of like acoustic, but then of course, we don’t do anything simple, and we add all these harps and string sections and stuff, and I think that musically this record is just such a step up, in just such a different direction. It’s not making us a completely new band by any means, but we’ve always touched upon being dynamic, and I think this record is just really diving into it.”
How was it working with David Botrill (Tool, Placebo, Coheed And Cambria) and Brian Moncarz (Silverstein, Botrill’s studio partner) as producers on ‘The World I Want To Leave Behind’?
“Botrill has done a couple of my favourite records, and just getting to work with him, I dunno man, his brain is in a different place than anyone we’ve worked with before. He thinks of songs differently and really knew how to help push us into different places that we were maybe not sure that we should be going to. It was great, man, he had these little chart papers that he drew boxes on when he was looking through a song; we just thought he was drawing weird boxes, but he was actually like, making mathematical equations on how to make our bass player better looking!”
“Yeah, that’s right, I said he was making equations on how to make our bass player better looking!”
[Erik Hughes, bass]: “There are no such equations!”
Finally, ‘The Red Tree’ featured ‘Don’t Ever Tell Locke What He Can’t Do’, inspired by the character from Lost. Do you still like Lost or will you concede that it’s slid down the crapper somewhat this series?
“[Bellows excitedly] Oh, we have Lost parties every week! I love it so much that I’m probably a little forgiving of certain little weird turns that they’ve made across the seasons… I’m just along for the ride now, but really when you think of how the idea started to where it is now, I honestly don’t even know how they came up with that, like how they got from A to B… I think I just like having something I like that I can freak out over. I don’t drink or do drugs or anything, so Lost is my crutch I guess. LOST IS MY CRACK COCAINE!”
Catch Moneen supporting Emery at the following shows:
26 – MANCHESTER Roadhouse
27 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
28 – GLASGOW King Tut’s
29 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy III
30 – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
31 – LONDON Barfly
The album ‘The World I Want To Leave Behind’ is out on April 05 on Dine Alone Records. Read more on Moneen in Rock Sound issue 134, onsale Wednesday March 31.