Tavis Triance of Spoon River talked to Geyser about their sophomore release The New Sun Ahhhhh Hotel, their favourite tracks to play live, the strangest act they've opened for, and more. This band has a style that's all their own, and a unique lifestyle to match.
G: How has the reception for The New Sun Ahhhhh Hotel been so far?
TT: As far as the reception to the album goes, we have really just released it at this point. It seems to be going over well to me. However, people have certainly been responding well in our live shows to the new psychier garage approach we have taken and to the new palate we're working with (two female singers and my voice, more extensive use of synths, pedal effects and vocal processors.)
G: Do you have a favourite track on the album to play live, or a favourite to record?
TT: Well, the album was recorded in three different studios (Breakglass in Montreal, Afterlife in Vancouver and Raincity also in Vancouver) with two different bands, and this variance between three amazing studios certainly made them fun to record. I think my favourite songs to play live these days are songs like Spectres, All the Dark Rains where the three part harmonies are present. It can be quite powerful to blend multiple vocal textures in that way.
G: Is there a message you want audiences to get from the album?
TT: We want them initially to dance and then hopefully to catch some of the tone and lyrical content and then to feel disturbed by the horror and beauty and possibly conflicted by the fact that they're dancing to something both beautiful and horrible.
G: What's the strangest act you've opened for?
TT: We opened for a sword swallower at a fisherman's bar in Shearwater, which is in remote part of Northern coastal British Columbia. We have also opened for a trick guitar playing 12 year old child prodigy. Both were slightly off-putting.
G: It's mentioned on your site that you live unconventionally. What do you mean by this, and how does it help you creatively?
TT: Well, we live in a house in the woods, which is a car and ferry ride away from the city. Getting to rehearsals and shows has been known to be an odyssey shot through with chaos, expenditure and fatigue. The effects of which are far-reaching. I think this would be unconventional for many musicians as it might make them question the wisdom of what they're doing. We have a history of traveling from one end of the country to the other and back to make music and it seems to have been productive so far - it hasn't managed to kill us in any lasting sense in any case.
G: What can we expect from a Spoon River show?
TT: The unbridled fury and magic of six men and woman gone feral in their middle years and all that that might entail.
G: Briefly, what makes being in this band and living a creative lifestyle worth it?
TT: I have a deep and abiding love of making music that won't ever turn off. These are the only people deranged enough to come along for that ride.
G: Thank you for the chat! Be sure to catch Spoon River in Vancouver on December 19 at the Electric Owl.