“Oxbow” by okpk

“Oxbow” is dub-inflected electronic bass music, with intrigue, mystery and a definite sense of danger.

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“Oasis” by Hush Pup

Toronto/Victoria band Hush Pup (Ida Maidstone, Fizzy Adams and Torrie Seager) thrills us with their impeccable dream pop. The video (by Mike Perreira) uses subdued imagery, bathed in reds, purples and oranges, to capture the trio’s magic.

“Oasis” is from the upcoming ‘Panacea’ album.

Interview with Mike Isacson of Crashing Into Things

Interview by Mark Anthony Brennan

Crashing Into Things is an art/garage band from Victoria. Isacson is the singer, bass player and primary songwriter. The EP ‘Smaller Than Death’ is their latest release.

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If someone was to ask what Crashing Into Things is about, what you say?

Working class art rock. The words should be poetry, the music should groove, and hopefully it all has some usefulness to the world beyond making money and feeding our stupid egos. Neither of which happens much, so our plan must be working.

The new album has a definite theme, despite being put together over a period of time. Can you comment?

The central theme is facing our mortality. I developed some health issues while my friend and bandmate Mihkel Kaup’s longstanding heart problems were worsening, finally leading to him receiving a heart transplant last November (he recorded his parts for the album when he snuck back home from Vancouver for Christmas against doctor’s orders). Only the last song, “The Show,” was created entirely within that period, but all the songs reference our mortality in one way or another, and ripened around the same time.

What’s the craziest show you’ve ever played as Crashing Into Things?

Probably playing on a flat deck trailer in the middle of a BMX rally on Pender Island. The Gulf Island shows are always interesting, we love them.

You have a rather unique vocal style. Did you develop it or is that simply your natural singing voice?

I just sing the songs like I hear them in my head. I played with my voice a bit more on this recording than any of the others I think, both in the singing and the recording process, with more overdubbing and effects.

What’s up in 2019 for Crashing Into Things?

The EP was the main thing, it’s our first extended release in over 3 years. We’ve played quite a bit already this year, and have applied for a few festivals. Once we hear back from those we can plan other shows. (We are playing The Loft in Victoria with Standard Issue Pleasure Model March 23rd). And we’re always working on new material.

Interview with Winnie Richards

Interview by Mark Anthony Brennan


Winnie Richards’ music started appearing in 2018. Since then she has released several albums of material, recorded primarily with collaborator Willie Mink.


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There’s an eclecticism to your music. Is there a way to describe it?
I think its just different variations on pop music. though, not necessarily what is popular now, or with many people.

 

Are Winnie Richards and Willie Mink real names?
Of course these names are real! There are many people around the world with these names. I found a lady in Texas who is an award winning horticulturist who grows the most beautiful roses with the same name. 


Aside from Willie Mink, you seem to create most of the music yourself. Is this true? Do you perform everything yourself?
I’d say about half the things we’ve put on these albums have been performed by just Willie and me. 
The other half have a bunch of musicians playing, including : Damon Henry (The Ruby Karinto), Andres Vial (solo jazz pianist, The Barr Brothers), Andrew Barr and Brad Barr (Barr Brothers, The Slip), Ken Kempster (Shovelhed, The Hanson Brothers, NoMeansNo) and Glen Hollingshead (The Northern Pikes). 


How long have you performed as Winnie Richards?  Were you involved in music before that?
I put out the first Winnie Richards record in August of 2018. 
Yes, I was involved in music before that. I played with a number of different types of groups. I’ve played in all kinds of venues – dive bars, school gyms, all ages shows, hockey rinks. I put out 7″ singles and CDs with these groups and toured around Eastern Canada and USA. I don’t think any of these groups became that well known in Western Canada.



You are based in Victoria. Does your location impact your music at all?
I think it does. Mainly, in logistical ways. For example, in Montreal, where I lived previously, rehearsal spaces are plentiful and cheap. This is not the case in Victoria. So instead of having a big room where I can loudly play my drums and Willie can play loud electric guitar, we are usually working in a tiny room with drum machines and synths trying not to bug our neighbours. 


What are future plans?
Well, its been a productive past few weeks, we’ve been recording almost every day. So I think when we have enough good ones, we’ll see if there are any old ones that might fit with the new songs and then make an album from them. 
I’d also like to play the Cameron Bandshell at some point, on a sunny afternoon. But thats more of a future goal than a plan.