(formerly Mother) is an upcoming five-piece indie/alternative rock band originating from Vancouver, British Columbia. Possibly one of the most ambitious musical groups in all Canada, in a matter of months after coming together in early 2005 they released their debut studio album Mother
(re-released in 2007 as Touch Up
) which became one of the most celebrated Canadian studio albums of 2007.
Having established a strong fan base throughout Canada since then, they are about to release a studio album to the US for the first time - their fourth studio album The Sticks
on February 12th, which has already been released in Canada since September of last year. In the coming months, they'll also be touring the US for the first time. We were able to get an idea of just how excited they are about it all...
The Sticks will be released in the US on February 12th, but was already set loose in Canada in September. How did your current fans react to the album?
They seemed to like it off the bat. The launch tour was a good indication. The new songs in the set didn't feel like a cruel joke of anonymity like new songs can. People were singing and hitting the shots.
You have a pretty unique musical flavor. I really enjoy the sinister feel of the album's title track. Can you tell us a little about writing that song and its influences?
That one was a happy accident. The chorus for this other song wasn't really gelling so we turned it into a verse for a new song altogether, thus "The Sticks" was born. By doing that, it really cemented the thematic focus of the album 'cause both tracks shared lyrics having once been espoused.
You seem to have quite a following up in Canada. Do you think the cynicism towards Nickelback has made it difficult for alternative rock bands like yourself to appeal to US audiences?
I think a band from anywhere stands its fair shot anywhere. It's also vulnerable to the nonsensical unfairness of the universe. There's a lot of great acts with all the right ducks rowed up slipping through the cosmic cracks for no explicable reason. We may or may not catch a break in the US but I don't think Nickelback will have much to do about that.
We're going to include the music video for "The Sticks." Can you tell us about who made it and what the inspiration was?
Chad VanGaalen, a Calgary singer/songwriter signed to Sub Pop, animated the video. He animates his own videos too and they're brilliant and bizarre. The song's got this foreboding apocalyptic feel so we asked him just to go on that but really just to do his own weird thing with it. He conjured it up in minutes it seemed. As soon as we got off the phone he was phoning me back spewing the whole plot: plant people discover abandoned gym, drink rancid coffee, turn into buff assholes. Funny.
You're touring the US this spring. Are there any big stops that you're particularly excited for?
It's all pretty uncharted territory for us so the whole thing has this mysterious allure. The House of Blues in New Orleans is one I'm really looking forward to. Playing that venue will be sweet, but it's also an early show so we'll have a chance to roam around the city and soak it up a bit. It's a good scene I hear.
Watch the animated music video for "The Sticks" below:
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