Thunder Issue 13.

(*NOTE: This issue is with a S.C.E.N.E┬áband I wasn’t able to interview on the day of S.C.E.N.E.)

Coincidence has to be one of my favorite parts of life.

Take this issue. This honestly wasn’t anything I did to be funny or cute, but issue number 13 of Thunder is available here on Friday the 13th.

 

The band represented is the Waterbodies. (I use the term ‘represented’ because one member, Mike McGean, answered for the band as a whole over email.)

They are an Indie Rock band with fuzzy guitars, loud drums, and clear vocals. Tons of their music is available for free download, and I suggest searching it out and loading your MP3 player.

KW: How did the band get it’s start?

MM: Shane and I started hashin’ out songs in 2008 in our bedrooms. Then we got more invested in it. It started out as songs, then it became a project, then it became a band. We both saw potential in what we were doing so we kept at it. In 2008 we recorded Sleep Like Submarines and played some shows. In late 2009 Dylan (our guitarist/backup vocals) joined as we were recording Floresta. We released Floresta in 2010 and made a music video for Crickets. We played some shows to support that EP as well. And most recently this year we added Roxy (bass) late in the recording process of our newest album, and our first full length, The Evil We Know. We’ll be releasing the album this fall and touring to support it.

KW: Before the band formed, how long had each of you been interested in becoming a musician?

MM: For me, I wasn’t really planning on doing it, I just did it as a hobby, playing shows with friends here and there. This is my first real band. Whereas Shane has been in bands before and playing in bands since high school. We all kind of grew up playing our instruments and doing it for fun, but now we decided to finally take it seriously.

KW: What made you guys decide to play the style of music you do?

MM: I think we just naturally wrote it this way. It was what we were both interested and it kind of just came out that way. At first we just started writing, and at the time there was a big “screamo” phase going on and we didn’t want so sound like that, we wanted to do something different. And now this new stuff is a genuine mix of all our styles while keeping the old shoegaze elements, mixed with a more progressive sound.

KW: I know The Waterbodies give away alot of their music as free downloads. What made you decide to go about things in that way?

MM: We just wanted to be heard. A lot more bands are doing it now a days, and we just thought we’d rather have people enjoy our music then make money off of it. But it’s awesome to hear feedback and get a reaction from people when they listen to your music, so why not let as many people as possible hear it?

KW: I’m aware that the band recently played S.C.E.N.E music festival. What was that like for you all?

MM: It’s our fourth year playing and we love it. It’s our hometown festival so it’s nice to see all our friends come out. It’s like a big party all over downtown St. Catharines and you see friends everywhere you go. There’s also a lot of great bands that play so it’s fun checking them all out too.

KW: What does summer look like for you guys? Are you planning to tour?

MM: Yes we are! We scheduling some dates for late summer. We’ve got 2 Toronto shows in August and are planning an Ontario tour for the rest of August and early September. We are then going to be releasing our first full length album this fall, it’s called The Evil We Know. Once that is out we’ll be touring some more. As of now you can download 2 free tracks from the album on our website www.waterbodies.ca

KW: Who are you guys listening to right now?

MM:

Mike: Flaming Lips, Liars, Pumpkins, Pixies, Billy Holiday
Roxy: Yeasayer, The Dirty Nil, Arctic Monkeys, Joel Plaskett, Nicolas Jaar
Dylan: Bruce Peninsula, Yukon Blonde, Said The Whale, Kimbra, Elos Arma
Shane: Mos Def, Refused, Tom Waits

 

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Here, There, Everywhere, and Nowhere. All The Music I’ll Be Taking In The Next Few Weeks.

Tonight continues my massive intake of music. (3 out of 4 days at Burlington Sound Of Music was awesome.)

I’m seeing Crystaline at the Casbah. They’re a new band, and it will be interesting to take in their sound.

Then tomorrow, I head to St. Catharines for the S.C.E.N.E music festival.

In a lot of ways, I’m excited. I’ve never been to S.C.E.N.E, or St. Catharines for that matter.

I’ll be interviewing 10 bands tomorrow for the paper zine Thunder and this blog; it’s virtual copy. And of course I’ll be taking photos.

The bands I’ll be meeting range from well-known Canadian favorites (Die Mannequin) to recent up-and-comers (The Rebel Arms.)

It’s going to be an amazing day, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Then next weekend, I have assigned myself two tasks:

1. Cover It’s Your Festival in Gage Park.

2. Cover the Destroy Music 7 hour concert that celebrates the release of the comp, and the life of Imants Krumins.

I feel grateful that I get to take in this music, and that it’s happening in Ontario.