Thursday, 23 December 2010


A Christmas treat in the form of BRAIDS! Ho ho ho

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

Half of us are in Calgary visiting our families and the other half are in Montreal working. The working half will soon be joining the visiting half. We are working on and out new sounds that our instruments and bodies can make.

Could you give a brief BRAIDS history?

BRAIDS is a band that lost to a Red Hot Chili's cover band in high school. They lost because they did not have costumes. This is how they met. Raphie knew Austin since Junior High. Austin used to sleep beside his Dad's bass drum. Austin and Taylor were in a Jazz combo in High School. Raphie met Katie in Theatre class. Katie dropped out of certain classes so she could stay in Theatre and play Piano. Katie met Taylor through a trip to Greece. They stole music from volunteering at their favorite local radio station. Raphie broke her leg and took up Guitar. They all decided to start a band.

We still don't have costumes.

Who did you grow up listening to?

I was fortunate enough to have grown up listening to a lot of Korean rock n' roll (mainly Shin Jung-Hyun who is amazing). Over the years, that type of music has been somewhat lost in mainstream Korean culture and has become a novelty. My father also forced me to listen to the Beegees' and Simon & Garfunkel's greatest hits. Though what jump started me into writing my own versions of famous pop tunes came from my discovery of early James Brown and The Temptations. There was also a lot of bad music along the way but I choose not to believe that they've somehow worked themselves into the songs I've written up to now.

Tell us a bit about 'Native Speaker'.

Native Speaker took 3 years to write, 2 years to record, and 1 year to release. We learned how to record which resulted in a lot of tears, caffeine, and blood*. We waited on the album for a very long time, learned a lot about the state of the music industry, and fought like a married family of 4. Native Speaker has taught us how to love, what it means to be loved, and the meaning of being earnest.

*nose bleeds.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?

Fat cats.

But I guess that isn't so weird.

Are there any specific themes or sources of inspiration you find yourself revisiting often when making music?


What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

Underwater. But if you can't, I recommend lying in a bathtub full of water.

Where would you love to tour?

Our friends GOBBLE GOBBLE once told us they would love to do a tour of secret house shows across Canada. This has sparked my avid interest in abandoned churches. Which all seem to either conglomerate around small towns USA or Western Europe.

Finally, what's next for BRAIDS, future plans and such?

You can purchase our album officially on January 18th, we will be touring North America after wards till April, we will be touring Europe shortly after, and Australia will follow. We are currently writing new songs and will continue to in Montreal, QC, Canada.

BRAIDS 'Lemonade' by kaninerecords