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When I hung out with Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou, the two fellows behind the Norwegian indie electronic band called Lemaitre, they were a bit stressed out. That night, they were the opening act on a big tour and headliner Porter Robinson‘s soundcheck went overtime. (Nothing against Porter. He put on an amazing show that night.) After a rushed soundcheck, Lemaitre and I only had 20 minutes to find a quiet place and chat. Don’t worry, we still managed to get everything done.
Why does a band from Norway have a French name? Which Lemaitre song started with a Jimi Hendrix sample? How do fights between Ketil and Ulrik result in better music? Why do love songs usually suck? What role does German digestif bitter Underberg play during our hang session? Listen to find out all the answers.
Tracks played on the show…
Lemaitre, Singularity EP (2014) “High Tide” (mp3)
Lemaitre, Relativity 3 (2013) EP “Continuum”
Lemaitre, Relativity 1 EP (2012) “Appreciate”
Lemaitre, “Momentum” (internet release) (mp3)
Lemaitre, Singularity EP (2014) “All I Need” (featuring Chuck Inglish)
NO songs CANCON
Lemaitre and Chet Porter return to Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club tonight, Thursday, November 17, 2016. See you there!
The story of Gold Panda’s journey from an acclaimed debut record to now, as he prepares to release his third full length album, is an entirely circular one. Hailing from Chelmsford Essex in the UK, in the six years since the release of his genre-defining debut album ‘Lucky Shiner’, the electronic artist most comfortable with the moniker Derwin Panda spent the subsequent years splitting the majority of his time between London, Berlin and countless excursions to Japan. As he created his third album ‘’Good Luck And Do Your Best’ he ultimately found himself back where he began, in the East of England. The UK native hits up Fortune Sound Club tomorrow, you can purchase tickets here OR if you’re feeling lucky we’re giving away 2 pair of tickets to the show, all you have to do is email us at email@example.com with “Gold Panda” on the subject line and your first and last name in the body OR comment on this instagram post! Winners will be contacted the day of, click here for more info on the event.
After several performances from different local artists we’re kickin’ back and inviting some old friends for some good vibes. Chapel Sound’s Wsuptiger & Shaunic will be joining us July 22nd in Fortune Sound Club’s project space, you can get on guestlist by emailing your first and last name to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Winnie & Friends July 22nd” in the subject. Click here for more info on the event and check out their music below!
Indie icon Dan Boeckner is perhaps best known for his role in the legendary mid-2000s post-punk indie rock band Wolf Parade. Since Wolf Parade (sadly) went on hiatus, Boeckner was involved in a project called Divine Fits (with Spoon frontman Britt Daniel) and he started Handsome Furs (with his ex-wife Alexei Perry). Currently, Boeckner has a new band called Operators. Last Gang Records will release the Operators debut full length, Blue Wave, on April 1, 2016.
I chatted with the entire Operators line up including Boeckner (on vocals, guitar, and synths), drummer Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks and Divine Fits) and electro-wiz Devojka. Somehow I get this trio to talk about everything including Louis CK, using sex to sell, how Dan and Sam met, being a complete dick, Dave from Japandroids, how collaboration works in Operators, and the beauty of starting over again.
I think this is the only interview I’ve done with a group hug. You’ll have to listen.
Tracks played on the show…
1) Operators, “Ecstasy In My House” single (2015) (mp3)
2) Operators, EP 1 (2014) “Truth”
3) Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits (2012) “Flaggin’ A Ride” **
4) Operators, EP 1 (2014) “Start Again” (mp3)
ALL songs CANCON except **
Operators return to Vancouver, Tuesday, April 5th, at the Fortune Sound Club (with Bogan Via and Low Levels). Here’s your chance to see Dan Boeckner and company live. See you there!
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Adam Mah had the pleasure of sitting down with brothers Ulysses and Zane of local rock-duo Smash Boom Pow and ask them some questions over coffee.
A: How’s it going?
Z: Hey we’re good.
U: I’d agree with that.
A: How was it being in the top 12 for the last Peak Performance Project?
U: It definitely added a lot to our to-do list. It was great, mainly for that reason I think – just made us work a lot more because it’s sort of arbitrary being in a band. You’re like “I don’t really know how fast to work”. Like there’s a few deadlines but some of the stuff is sort of open-ended and as soon as we got in the Peak there was a set schedule for the year and a lot of people to connect with and different projects to work on so it gaves us a framework/timetable that was really valuable.
Z: Flame to the fire y’know? More flame adds more heat to all the fire.
A: What was the biggest thing you learned at bootcamp?
U: Just the sheer amount of different parts that go into being a band, y’know? It’s not just about writing songs. It’s not just about having a cool image or strong social media platform or lots of fans or one thing or the other. You can’t succeed based off of any one thing, it really does have to be a coordinated effort. And they mapped a lot of that out for us but it’s just a lot to internalize and actually use. So that was a big learning curve for sure. A lot of business stuff that I just wasn’t aware of beforehand, it’s like “oh man I gotta keep track of more details”.
Z: Yeah just a lot of new roles that you don’t even know existed – like I didn’t even know that a radio tracker existed. I didn’t know that was someone’s job.
U: Oh yeah I had no idea.
A: Was there anyone in particular that you were excited to meet while you were at bootcamp?
U: Dean Kheroufi.
A: And who’s Dean Kheroufi?
Z: He plays bass in like a million bands.
A: What bands?
Z: Velveteins, Layten Kramer, Braden Gates and like 17 others.
A: That’s a lot of bands.
A: What is the title of the new EP coming out?
Z: Higher Power of Desire or HPOD for short, you can hashtag that. HPOD EP.
A: Where did the title come from?
U: It’s connected to the final song “Higher Power of Desire”. That lyric never actually appears in the song but it is sort of thematically connected. You can kind of read between the lines and see there. It’s kind of just the idea that the desire that you have to do anything, i mean you could say passion or desire, I like desire better. It’s sort of your higher power, the thing you respect the most. And I dig that. It’s something that I wanna communicate you know? An uncomplicated life philosophy. I’mma get what I want.
A: Are there any main themes throughout the EP?
U: It gets around a bit actually, the songs are pretty varied. I wouldn’t say it’s a concept album, unless the concept is “Let’s do four songs that are pretty different from each other… and that sound really good”.
Z: We started with three that were like “These are fresh, let’s get them done”. And then ended up doing the Converse Rubber Tracks initiative and we were debating on releasing that as a single and then our producer on the EP was like “why don’t we just throw it on here?”. And then he mixed it and then it got added on and we’re super happy it made its way on.
A: Are there any themes lyrically? like in terms of subject matter?
U: Yeah. “Friends” is very outwardly directed, it’s sort of about people and a person and feelings of friendship and love and there’s some other ideas in there but it’s pretty outwardly directed. The other ones “Listen to Me”, “What I Do” and “Higher Power of Desire” I’d say they’re pretty introspective lyrically, kind of trying to figure out the different ideas you have inside yourself. Different ideas, different feelings and it’s fairly strong with its ideas I think, if you listen to the lyrics in “Listen to Me” and “Higher Power of Desire” it’s almost kind of working with what are my principles almost. I’d say there’s definitely some serious elements to it just in terms of weighing what’s important to me. A lot of these lyrics just came spontaneously. I often write when I just feel like it and these are the things that have been on my mind and just here and there while writing so it’s definitely not about any one event or person or thing, it’s more just the ideas that keep recycling themselves through my brain trying to work them out on paper and in songs.
A: Where did you record the latest EP/Who did you work with?
Z: We did it at Fader Master with Paul Shepherd. We did the three songs “Listen to Me”, “Friends” and “Higher Power of Desire” with him. Tracked the drums in an afternoon, did the vocals and guitar in a day. Sat on it for a long time and then “What I Do” came together at Converse Rubber Tracks. We actually finished writing that up at the Peak bootcamp cause we were going to record it right when we got back. So we tried a bit more of a pop format cause we were kinda like “Hey, let’s see what happens if we actually use a pre-chorus and that can be a pre-chorus, that idea there, why don’t we use that?”. So it was good in that way.
A: Who are your dream producers?
Z: Jason Corbett
U: Yeah we wanna work with Jason Corbett at Jacknife, he’s local. He’s awesome. It’s actually do-able to, we’re probably going to end up doing that so why not shoot for what we can actually get right now? Further down the line I have no idea actually, I don’t know Rick Rubin? I mean we’re going to produce one of our records, just not yet.
Z: Kanye West
U: Yeah, I wouldn’t turn that down at all. He blows people up.
Z: Danger Mouse is really great but I don’t think he’d work with our sound.
A: You guys have worked very closely with ROOM on all your music videos, how has that been as a process and is there a particular reason you’ve chosen to stick with them?
Z: We kind of moved here around the same time. They’re from Penticton, met one of them kind of out of the blue a few years before that and then it was like “Hey man, we’re living in the same city, let’s do something together”. So it’s really nice seeing both projects grow, over the amount of time it’s been (3 years) and we’ve both come such a long way from where we started and I think that kind of brings you closer together, you have something to share, you’re like “Hey remember when we were doing way shittier things 3 years ago?” and then it’s like now half those guys are working in film and doing a lot of commercial work and it’s really cool to see how they all have so many different hands in different projects and different skills and it’s just really cool to see that growth happen.
U: It’s cool – it’s just sort of an organic process, like every time we do something it’s different. We feedback into each other and when we did “A Girl”, that music video got quite a lot of views. We were really active that summer so we got to share it around a lot. And they got more work out of that. And then other bands working with them kind of comes back around to us cause they know that we know them and we get talked about and we help each other get more exposure just through working together. Plus their shit doesn’t look like anything anybody else is doing and that’s something that we think is really important. Just trying to have a unique sound, unique look and presentation. And they’ve been great with that so far, they always surprise us.
A: Who came up with the idea for a Bocce Ball Tournament video?
U: I think that was me. We had this Bocce set. I don’t even know how we got it, I think our parents gave it to us.
Z: It’s just been in our lives. I don’t even know how it got there.
U: Yeah it’s just been there for a while and we kept having this thought of wanting to have a party or a BBQ and turns out we just make shit and work all the time. So I was like “How the hell do we actually do this?” and we’re going to have to do a creative project. And so that’s how it happened. “Friends” just seemed like the right song to do something silly and I was trying to be all calculated and shit about it, I was like “this has to go viral, what do we do, what do we make?” and I was like “Bocce is going to work for sure”.
Z: It kind of evolved into the training process and that was a later idea, I don’t know where that really came from. But it was like why don’t we make it really intense – it’s like you have to train for this shit.
A: I just love it because it’s so weirdly nostalgic for me. It’s not something you’d normally think about, like Bocce Ball. Normally you’d think of Basketball or Hockey or some shit – but Bocce Ball is so specific and I only played it at my aunt’s house.
U: It’s not really a young person’s sport.
A: No. And that’s why it’s so amazing.
A:If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?
U: I don’t even know, Future? If I was making trap beats. It’s hard to say cause – James Blake? If he’d do a verse on one of my tracks or like. I feel like I really admire The Weeknd but I think it’d be weird to put us on the same track, cause you know you wanna have like a singer and a rapper or somebody with a crooning voice. I haven’t thought about that one too much. I’ve thought about people I know, like local people. I wanna have Evan Konrad do something on one of my tracks. I wanna have Christopher Henderson from the UltraVillain project do something on one of my tracks and he also works with analogue gear and I want him to actually contribute some beats and synth lines and shit like that. I wanna work with some people around town who aren’t established artists but everyone’s all kind of on a similar level so we can all sort of promote those projects together. That’s not like a pipe-dream but that’s something I actually wanna do for real. 2 Chainz also.
Z: Killer Mike.
U: I’m going to have Bernie Sanders drop some fire on one of my tracks.
A: What are your upcoming shows?
U: Next show we have is May 13th at Fortune Sound Club for our EP release and Oceanographers and Youngblood are playing. It’s gonna be packed, buy your tickets now, you’re not going to be able to get in.
A: Is there anyone you wanna give a shoutout to?
Z: Glen Jackson.
U: Dean Kheroufi.
Z: Connor Ellington. Addison Hiller. Spencer Morphy.
U: Shout-out to… nope.
A: What can we expect from Smash Boom Pow in the future?
U: Just more quality music, it’s probably going to get darker and dirtier and harder to put on in a public place. Recently I read a review of one of our shows that said our sound was not for everyone and I was like “well I fucking hope so”. I don’t wanna be a band that’s for everyone, that sounds terrible.
A: Anything to add?
Z: Go watch our video for “Friends”
U: Share it around
Z: Come to our show
U: I feel like your friends are going to like it, we got an EP coming out soon so reach out to us on one of our social networks that we use, we’re pretty involved with people, say hi and check out our stuff. It’s gonna be good.
Keep an eye out for their new EP “Higher Power of Desire” out May 13th, 2016.
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It was a great year hosting local talent at Fortune Sound Club for Winnie Cooper & Friends, we’re starting the new year off right by taking our middle floor showcase to the main room. Winnie Cooper has been supporting all sorts of Vancouver talent for quite some time and with this event we’re giving local artists the opportunity to showcase their work in an open-minded space with absolutely no ties to one type of style/image or genre… we accept it all. This time around we’ve got locals Seth Kay, Spotty Josif, Dave Fields plus JSPH, HRVY, Jordo2000, Flores & Yurie on the 1’s and 2’s. Be on the look out for Dave Fields debut album “Neck Deep” out January 22nd. Click here for more info on the event and email us at email@example.com for discount entry with “Winnie & Friends Jan 29th” in the subject line and your first and last name in the body. Stream some of the artists music below and join us support local talent!
All squads is back at Fortune Sound Club this time featuring Yurie (HEF), Sailor Gerry (Stick Up Kids), Hustle (Good Ppls) & Kempeh (Ulterior Motif) + Rihanna Instance release party! Click here for more info on the event and email firstname.lastname@example.org with “ALLSQUADSOCT23” in the subject and your name in the body for guest list!