Red Moon Road is (for simplicity's sake) a gospel/folk group out of Winnipeg, composed of Daniel Jordan, Sheena Rattai and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner. Their rich sound drew us to them, and does the same for audiences all over the world. Their most recent release, Sorrows and Glories is described as:
"Spanning a wide range of genres, from a Beatles-esque pop song, Words of the Walls, which muses the storied past of an iconic apartment block, to Beauty in These Broken Bones, a full-on spiritual backed by a star-studded choir, the three collaborative yet distinct writers frame immaculately crafted songs with original and innovative instrumental work." (source)
In this interview, we chat with Sheena of Red Moon Road about Sorrows and Glories, where you can find the best audience dancers, who gets shotgun, and the best ways to relax when you're off the road.
G: Quickly, how would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard you?
RMR: Oh man, that’s the big question. We always had a hard time pinning down exactly how to best describe what we do. Let’s try this:
Harmonies and Gospel trained vocals in a conglomeration of disparate styles presented in largely folk instrumentation in the year 2016. We tell stories too.
How’s that? Hah!
G: Sorrows and Glories has gotten great reception, what is the best piece of feedback you’ve heard about the album?
RMR: We were just the guests of honour at a 9 years olds birthday. She’s a big fan and we were first on her invite list. I think that’s the most important event I’ve ever attended! It was a huge compliment! lol
G: Is there a particular song from the album that you enjoy playing the most at shows? Maybe one that has a funny story, or great audience engagement?
RMR: I love to play I’ll Bend But I Won’t Break. It’s a very cathartic song for me. I get to let loose vocally a little bit on that one which is fun. We've also been doing a cover of Ain't No Grave (sort of Johnny Cash style) and we end up rocking out pretty hard. DPH plays a mean lap steel solo with he loves to get a chance to do.
G: When you’re on tour, who fights hardest for shotgun/window seats?
RMR: Haha! Good question! We have a pretty regular configuration. The Daniel’s sit in the front and trade driving shifts and I’m in charge of napping in the backseat. It’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it.
G: Are there a couple essentials you bring on tour, wherever you go? (non-music related)
RMR: I never leave home without my favourite pillow. I find that when we are on long tours it’s nice to have a little piece of home with you that is strictly for comfort. Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner also always brings his own little AeroPress coffee maker at tour. He takes great care in making a good cup of coffee.
G: Who needs coffee the most in the morning?
RMR: See above. DPH is not human until he’s had his morning coffee. And even then…. lol
G: Which country you’ve visited has the most enthusiastic dancers in the audience?
RMR: We played a show in Lille, France to a bunch of college kids. It was at this tiny little bar, it was packed to the hilt and there was even a smoke machine. They danced their butts off and we felt like rock stars.
G: Do you have a new album in the works, or do you like to wait a while before beginning new projects?
RMR: We’re always trying to do some writing…just being open to what comes out. Right now we are making diversifying and nurturing many aspects of our creative and individual selves the main priority. It will be exciting to see what comes out of that.
G: What’s your favourite thing to do when you are off the road, and back in your hometown?
RMR: We spend as much time as we can outside of the city. Sitting next to a campfire on the edge of one of the many beautiful lakes around Winnipeg and in Manitoba is absolutely our favourite way to decompress.
G: Thank you for chatting with us!