I met up with the core of Monomyth, Josh Salter and Seamus Dalton right before the annual Mint Records Ridiculously Early Christmas Party in 2015. They wanted me to hold this interview until their new record was ready to come out. Finally the new record, Happy Pop Family, comes out November 4, 2016 on Mint Records. Why’d it take so long? Josh and Seamus moonlight in slacker-rock band, Nap Eyes—Josh is Nap Eyes’ bassist and Seamus is the drummer.
When I hung out with Josh and Seamus, they were staying at a secret band house in East Vancouver. I walked in the door and my jaw dropped: there were crushed PBR cans all over the living room, covering the table, floor and couches. So we each cracked open another beer and started to talk. Josh and Seamus were just the right kind of buzzed for a hilarious conversation.
Tracks played on the show…
1) Monomyth, Saturnalia Regalia (2014) “Pac Ambition” (mp3)
2) Monomyth, King, Does This Not Please You? (Behold the Power) (2013) “Cigarette” (mp3)
3) Monomyth, Monomyth (2012) “Feeling”
4) Monomyth, Saturnalia Regalia (2014) “Theme From Monomyth”
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The extended version of my chat just has extra minutes of drunk band hilarity.
East Van band veteran Rob Cameron (Bestie and Eek!) chatted me up about his latest project, Leisure Club. His band has released a new single, “22” (see the video below) and are still hunting after that perfect pop song while recording a record.
“Leisure Club is the soundtrack to a day at the beach, cold beers battling the sun; a house party hazy with visions of friendly faces and memories in the making; wandering from park to park until the sun sets before hopping the fence to the outdoor pool.”
Trio Sonder made up of producers Atu and Dpat plus singer Brent Faiyaz are back with another impressive down-tempo jam titled “Too Fast”, we’re very excited for this group and what’s to come. Stream or purchase below.
Tickets available here.
Featuring resident DJ’s CAN I LIVE, Harvey Harvey and Trizzy.
Indie-pop trio WET return to Vancouver on November 2nd and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show. To enter just email WinnieCooperContests(@)gmail.com with your name and favorite WET track by October 29th at 10pm. Must be 19+ to enter.
Ra Ra Riot started out as a baroque pop or orchestral pop band fronted by singer Wes Miles amazing voice. In 2013, the band released Beta Love, a record which left the baroque pop sound behind and went in a new direction, towards something more electro pop. As you can imagine, Beta Love was polarizing and not popular with a small but vocal segment of the band’s fanbase. I enjoyed Beta Love and was very interested to hear what the next step in the band’s evolution would sound like. In early 2016, the band released Need Your Light.
I hung out with the band’s singer Wes in Ra Ra Riot‘s busy tour van and we talked. What is the unlikely secret from Wes‘ past in school? What was it like working with Rostam Batmanglij (from Vampire Weekend) on the new record? How did the band navigate the rocky waters of change and growth? Which is Wes‘ favorite track on Ra Ra Riot‘s first record The Rhumb Line? How much does Wes love U2‘s 1991 album Achtung Baby? You have to listen to find out! (I even get him to sing a bit.)
Tracks played on the show…
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “Water”
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “Absolutely”
Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line (2008) “St Peter’s Day Festival” (mp3)
Ra Ra Riot, Beta Love (2013) “Beta Love” (background)
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “I Need Your Light” (mp3)
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Netherlands based producer/DJ Jaël put together quite the edit blending Snoop Dogg’s 2002 single “Beautiful” featuring Pharrell with DECAP’s “Wake Up” resulting in quite the club jam. Stream below.