We talked with Sjoerd, lead singer and guitar player in The Carlines, while he and his band-mates soaked in a hot-tub in Banff. Currently on tour through Alberta and British Columbia, we talked Sjoerd about how the band got started, how their tour has been going, what we can expect from their upcoming show in Vancouver, and where we can find the best coffee.
G: How did The Carlines get started?
S: I've been working on solo singer-songwriter projects for quite a few years, but when I moved to Victoria three years ago I felt like trying the whole band thing. Over the course of a year and a half there I met people from the local scene and we started playing together. Eventually it went from my solo project to a band project that we decided to give a name to. That was during the fall of 2012.
G: How would you describe your sound?
S: This is always a hard questions. I think we'd say we have indie elements, but with rock and folk-pop elements as well. It's pop in the sense that the songs are relatable and memorable, but it has that indie sound to it as well with it's modern, newer sounds.
G: What do you want audiences to get out of your music?
S: We want them to enjoy it. If people can relate to it, and get engaged in it that's one of the best responses we could ask for. We want people to lose themselves in the music, even if just for a little while, so that they can forget everything else and just feel absorbed.
G: So your Alberta and British Columbia tour has just started, how has it been going so far and how has your music been received?
S: Our tour started on Saturday in Kelowna, and last night we played in Banff. It was pretty quiet here in Banff, but everyone's taken good care of us. Kelowna was great at the Streaming Cafe, it's a great spot because people come there to really listen to bands. It was a lot of fun and the number one comment we've been getting is that we're a lot of fun to listen to and watch. People seemed engaged, like they were having fun. In both towns we had people singing along to songs they don't even know!
G: What's your favourite part about touring?
S: I think coffee. We love good coffee because we're from Victoria, so going through the Rockies can be challenging with only corporate options. Luckily, we met a man in Vernon who is this coffee genius and he gave us a long list of where to get the best coffee at each place we're going to. We tried White Bark coffee here in Banff, and it was awesome, so so far he's been right. That's like one, really specific thing about touring, but it's also great to hang out with the band and feel like you're on a mini-vacation together.
G: What can we expect from the upcoming album?
S: It doesn't have a release date set yet, but it should be out sometime in 2015. We've been writing over the past 6 months and have a few new songs on there. It's cool because with playing lots of shows on tour you really get to try things out you might otherwise not have, and then when you go into studio you have lots of ideas.
G: Tell us a little about what we can expect from your upcoming show in Vancouver?
S: We're playing at the Railway Club with Sarah Wheeler and Familiar Wild. I think we can say that our show will be quite refined after having played for two weeks together on the road. The stage presence should be comfortable and engaged. Maybe we'll also try to rock your socks off. Well, we will. When we play on the road at cafes and have to tone it down it's hard for me, being a guitar player, so at venues like the Railway Club we definitely can't wait to rock it out.
G: What are 5 things the band can't live without?
S: Coffee, sleep, good food, craft beer, and amazing fans! What we can live without is salt. Specifically, salty bar food.
G: Thanks for chatting with us, Sjoerd! We can't wait for the show in Vancouver.