Saturday, March 06, 2010

CMW Preview: Boats (Interview, contest)

Winnipeg's Boats bring their delightfully peppy indie pop sound to Canadian Music Week.

We've got a package of passes to their performance and a copy of their album to give away.  Contact me by email, Myspace, or Twitter if you want them.

I had the chance to ask the band's Mat Klachefsky about their music and CMW.  Here's what was said:
T.O. Snob: You’re playing Rancho Relaxo in Toronto on March 12th as part of Canadian Music Week. Bloggers tend to use comparisons and buzzwords to describe a group in terms readers can relate to. For instance I might say that Boats sounds like Apples In Stereo on a mixture of speed and helium. How would you describe your sound?
MK: Obnoxious pop music played with broken equipment.
T.O. Snob: What inspires a Boats song?
MK: Toothbrush commericials, militant children, waterslides, Kim Mitchell, the slow realization that I should probably get a real job, dodgeball.
T.O. Snob: Listening to your forthcoming album, I couldn’t help but notice a healthy dose of humour. How important is it for you to have fun and what do you hope the listener takes away from that?
MK: I think that it comes from the fact that I don’t really feel like I have anything important to say (which can sometimes make interviews awkward, by the way). Music can be a little too dramatic sometimes, and I don’t have a lot of drama in my life so if it was anything different I’d feel like it would be disingenuous. Our most dramatic song is about a tree that grows fake moustaches.
T.O. Snob: You guys are from Winnipeg. It seems like in the last year or two we’ve heard a lot of great music coming out of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. What is your take on your local scene and who are some of the other bands we should try to hear?
MK: I feel like Winnipeg is constantly at a sizzle, ready to erupt. Locally the best games in town are Ian LaRue & the Condor, The Paperbacks, Haunter, Not Animals, Blue Sky Addicts, Oldfolks Home, Liptonians, Chords Of Canada… but that list could go on for a while. Apologies to anyone I have forgotten.
T.O. Snob: What does a festival like CMW mean to up-and-coming bands? What do you hope to get out of the experience?
MK: We originally got a big start at NXNE, but I think we are an exception to the rule. Honestly, the main reason a band should come to these festivals is to be surrounded by great music. These festivals are always fun and we get to see our friends play.
T.O. Snob: Are there any band’s you’re looking forward to seeing at the festival?
MK: Truth is, this show is just going to be a tour stop so we aren’t hanging around. If we were, we’d be excited to see Born Ruffians, Acorn, Think About Life, and Woodhands, but most of them are going to SXSW so we’ll probably catch them down there.
T.O. Snob: If someone were to look at your CD collection (or iPod playlist) what would they find that would surprise them?
MK: Vangelis. I play in a Dodgeball league and we blast Vangelis movie scores during playoff games.
T.O. Snob: Thanks again for taking the time to speak with us.

CMW performance:
Date: Mar 12th
Time: 12:00am
Venue: Rancho Relaxo

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