This August, we partnered up with one of the most popular local music festivals, Jam in Jubilee, and our mutual friends at CIVL Radio, to produce a weekly zine. There were interviews with local bands and other festival-friendly content. We’re including some short excerpts here, but you can also read each of the four mini magazines in full at the links below.
Don’t forget to mark this free concert series on next year’s calendar.
No oohs and ahs added:
Adrian Teacher and the Subs
Alex: In much of punk music, the dominant emotion is anger. With your record, it’s less angry and more analytical, introspective. Is there a philosophy behind that, or is that just what comes naturally to you?
Adrian: This record is more overtly political … The songs on the record are kind of looking at what’s happening to Vancouver and what’s happening to the environment, what’s happening all around. And I don’t know. Yeah. It sort of just came out that way.
Alex: Who are your influences?
Adrian: Influences like Buddy Holly, garage rock, blues, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and all that stuff. I have this pretty voracious musical appetite. … I don’t really dislike anything unless it’s not honest.
“It’s the singing!”
The Lonesome Town Painters’ Angelo Eidse on bluegrass
Alex: Where does [your] name come from?
Angelo: I guess it comes from this whole idea of “paint the town red.” … We were doing this song, and somebody said, “Y’know, how about the guy who’s painting the town?” What if we’re the Town Painters, the guys who were going out, staying up late, playing in bars, getting drunk and causing trouble and that kind of thing?
Another theme in bluegrass music is lonesomeness; they call bluegrass the high, lonesome sound. … These guys, who are out painting the town, they end up lonesome because they lose their relationships and things of value based on their lifestyle. And thus was born the Lonesome Town Painters.
Alex: What about bluegrass makes you want to make bluegrass?
Angelo: It’s the singing! There’s just something about the way the singing comes together; when you have a three-part harmony, that’s the stuff that raises the hair on my arms.
I came from this Mennonite church background — I never appreciated it as a kid, I thought it was lame, you know — and you’d have a congregation … singing in perfect harmony. I guess it must have left some kind of deep imprint on me.
Jenny Banai talks inspiration and simplicity
Alex: A lot of the tags and descriptions you have for your music use the word “inspirational.” What’s that all about?
Jenny: Being a musician is funny because people want to put you in a box all the time and try to define you, genre-wise. I would say my songs are inspirational in the sense that I didn’t really know I would write songs until I sat and played guitar and sang. A lot of the songs come through prayer, and just feeling close to God and responding through poems and utterances.
Alex: Your music is simple in the sense that it’s calm. Are you drawn to calmness? Why does that kind of song come out of you?
Jenny: I do enjoy rather chaotic sounds sometimes, and I appreciate other people’s creative expressions. But when it comes to me writing music, I find melody is something that I really pay attention to and tends to come easily to me. I guess my voice has a more calming, melodic sound.
Hey Teen Daze,
you from around here? Come here often?
Teen Daze, aka Jamison, is a musician/songwriter/producer from the Fraser Valley, and is fresh off a cross-Canada house show tour.
Alex: How important is positivity in music? Does negativity have a place?
Jamison: A lot of my music in the past has dealt with trying to find the positivity in the negative, but the older I get, the less inclined I feel to express that positivity. I like to keep the music as melodic and positive-sounding as possible, while sneaking in a lot of lyrics about depression, cynicism, and world-weariness.
Alex: Your songs tend to refer, conceptually, to places in terms of being home or away from home. What is home? How does being on tour affect your relationship with / concept of home?
Jamison: I moved at a crucial time in my life from the Fraser Valley to a small town in rural Manitoba … at the age of 13. I think because I moved at such a formative time, my concept of home got really skewed: I would always think about BC as home, but any time I’d come back to visit, it was obvious that my friends were moving on with their lives. That feeling of home was something I really wrestled with throughout my 20s. I’ve learned that your community, but socially and just geographically, will inform a concept of home.
Image from Jam in Jubilee by Brittany Cardinal