Each Other is equal parts barbershop, pop, and Rock and Roll with a side portion of skronk. They are led by soaring duo vocal melodies that swim alongside their Endless Summer jams. These Stand-out Haligonian descendants/Montreal transplants are a sure fire bet to Top the Pops any day now. In discussion with people covering the emerging Canadian 'Underground' music scene Each Other is a common topic of interest. Some months back they won the hearts of a small crowd locally at Peter Lebel's Sweet Magic London festival. They're back in town this Wednesday to play two shows - a free in-store at Hot Dog (at 6PM) and APK alongside local experimental rockers Exit 2012 and sludge-folk psych crew Whoop-Szo.
Recently I had a chance to discuss Each Other with leader Mike Wright, a guitarist/vocalist with the band.
Mike Bot: Hey Mike, to start off can you tell me a little about the 'Long Long Long' history of Each Other?
Mike Wright: The long history I guess would start with Brad and I (Mike). We started a band called York Redoubt when I finished high school and Brad had just moved to town from Truro. The band lasted long enough to make a record and do a little touring, but it ended a little too soon and we all wanted to move on quickly. Caleb Langille (Mean Wind) had joined us in that band for its last legs and the three of us started Long Long Long as soon as we could with a good dude named Robbie Shedden playing drums, we had a time and tried to get a lot done; I think we made three tapes, and a 45. Played lots of shows, toured the USA, yadda yadda yadda, and kinda broke up. Caleb is pursuing the academic lifestyle in Victoria these days, and Robbie surfs and makes art in Halifax. Brad and I spent the end of last summer recording our 'Taking Trips' cassette and moved to Montreal. Seemed like time to do the thing I'd be threatening myself to do for a while, Halifax is hard to leave.
Anyway, unsurprisingly, we started to hang out with Christian Simmons (Play Guitar), a fellow Haligonian and member of probably 6-8 other bands we like a lot. Dude also has a van and knows how to drum. Also, as it turns out, it's easy to start a band when you've got already got songs recorded, so we played some shows in Montreal, Ontario, New York and Halifax before 2012 came around, met some great folks and put out the tape and a 45 on two Brooklyn based labels (Prison Art and Crikey! respectively). Since then, we toured to Austin and back for SXSW, and we're just wrapping up another amazing USA/Canada tour now. It was my first time swimming in the pacific, so I'd call it a success. Right now we're going to finish work on what ought to be a fall LP release and then headed to the East Coast to do a couple festivals and get some good home time.
How would you describe your music to the uninitiated?
... some call it trip pop, some call it crackle pop (us), but probably it sounds like it's unfinished guitar pop.
How does Halifax or Montreal reflect your the band's work?
... I don't know if I can really speak to Montreal's influence on what we're doing, aside from the fact that it's nice to have a proper studio for once, we just haven't been in town long enough.
What makes Halifax so vibrant with great bands, acts?
Halifax, I think, benefits from its geographical isolation. Band's are less inclined to come through and it's hard to get out without a good reason, so outside influence is fairly minimal. It's not a totally insular scene of course, but it's a place that sets its own standards, and sets them without much regard to rest of the world. There was a point in my life when I didn't think I'd ever have a reason to listen to something that my friends weren't making. I guess the small-ish but excitable arts and music community just seems to go through an endless cycle or reinforcement and I can't really see it changing. Maybe it's just the right sized spot for that kind of equilibrium.
And you guys seem to be always on tour. How's life on the road?
This tour has been fantastic. we have a bed in the van, so life's easy. great to see the states and great to meet so many good people. not sure what else to say. By the way, we're in Port Huron at the moment, about to cross back into canada. thinking about going for a swim near London somewhere today, but maybe we'll see you around town.
Sounds great Mike, we're all stoked to see you guys again. Wednesday's line-up should be a ton of fun with Exit 2012 and Whoop-Szo on the bill. Get refreshed and we'll see you around.