November 2010
Interview: Hayley Stark
What got this band together and started in this business?
We (Monica and Jen) played together in several hard rock bands in the past. Monica on drums and Jen on lead guitar. We decided, being the main songwriters in most bands, to form a duo and write together with our acoustic guitars. That way, we could be in full control!
Who writes and produces all the material for the band?
We write both together and on our own and bring the pieces together to create the full songs. Our producer, in terms of recording, is Sean Gregory of The Recording House in Scarborough, Ontario.
Has the band played in front of or with any acts our readers would know from the mainstream?
Not yet! But we will!
Where can people access your music on the web?
Our MySpace is and we are on iTunes:
Any embarrassing moments on stage?
Hmm... the sound cut out during a Canadian Music Week gig last March. We stood there for a second, feeling silly, and then decided to play a song acoustically in the middle of the bar so everyone could hear. The sound person fixed the glitch by the time that tune was over and everyone said it was their favourite part of the show. Go figure!
Any good stories you want to tell us?
On our first little tour, just this past July, we hit several towns in Ontario. In one particular town, the booker scheduled us to open for what we thought was going to be a 50s and 60s style doo-wop sort of band... it would have been a good fit. Turned out it was a 70s classical rock cover band... and their fans were all males over the age of 60. We had to work pretty hard to win them over because they were all excited to hear their Led Zeppelin and Eagles songs.
Who are the band's musical influences?
We are influenced by everything. Monica is a drummer and listens to lots of metal - Meshuggah, Protest the Hero, etc. plus pop - she adores Katy Perry. Jen took jazz guitar lessons in university and loves country as much as she loves rock. Together, we are influenced by singer/songwriters like Elliot Smith and Damien Rice plus pop rockers like Panic! at the Disco plus other duos like Tegan and Sara.
How did the band get together?
Monica is a self-trained drummer and picked up the guitar at a young age. Jen's been taking guitar lessons since she was little kid. We now take vocal lessons every now and then because neither of us were ever serious vocalists.
Any other members in your family that are musicians?
Monica - nope! Jen - my dad is a drummer and my sister is getting her doctorate in bassoon performance!
What is the top reason why you want to play music?
To be rich and famous, of course.
What has been your best show?
We got to play at an outside theatre in Niagara Falls this summer. The stage was huge and the sound system was awsome and had 4 monitors. Those of us indie musicians know that having any monitors at all (and being able to hear yourself) is a treat. 4 monitors is a a luxury!
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