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Ep. #270: TUNS

TUNS is the mighty new Halifax/Toronto supergroup featuring Chris Murphy, Matt Murphy, and Mike O’Neill. Chris Murphy has ushered some excellent music into this world, both as the co-curator/co-founder of the murderecords label and as a quarter of one of the world’s finest and most successful rock bands, Sloan. Matt Murphy is an accomplished journalist who has worked for CBC and Vice Canada and is one of the most dynamic musicians and showman anywhere, who’s likely best known for his work in the Super Friendz. Mike O’Neill is a busy and gifted screenwriter and sound engineer for Trailer Park Boys and Black Jesus who has released criminally under-appreciated solo records since disbanding the wonderful indie-rock duo, the Inbreds. So, if it’s not clear already, when it comes to thoughtful pop and rock music trios, this TUNS configuration couldn’t possibly be more top shelf. The band’s self-titled debut record will be out August 26 via Royal Mountain Records and they’ve been playing select shows of late, including an upcoming performance at the Hillside Festival in Guelph on Sunday July 24. I met up with TUNS at the Pho Asian 21 restaurant in Toronto recently and we had a revealing conversation about Mike’s desire for Vietnamese food in Toronto, working with Trailer Park Boys co-creator Mike Clattenburg on a new TV show about a guy who re-locates raccoons, the song “Back Among Friends” and what it captures about TUNS, Zeppelin covers and joy, positive pressure, recycling things and writing new songs, Mike’s inventive bass playing, the writing process and its progress in TUNS, Chris’ songwriting, giving the singer some, the song “Look Who’s Back in Town Again” and various TUNS Easter eggs, the song “Lonely Life” that Mike sings, whomever sings generally wrote it, Mrs. Claus, lyric collaboration, wisdom and experience and democracy, magical harmonies, being in Sloan for 25 years, “Gimme the Keys” and the extreme rarity of Sloan members’ doing solo work, Eric’s Trip and Elevator to Hell, realistic TUNS, being perceived as ‘Halifax Pop’ artists, the Technical University of Nova Scotia, the lawn jam, why Halifax people seem to get along so well, footloose and fancy free, friendly competition, strength and talent, an influence like the Police on a song like “Mind Your Manners,” talking about the band U2, also R.E.M., The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, the “Sunday Bloody Sunday” drum beat, Larry Mullen’s parts, filling and leaving space, scrutinizing Chris’ lyrics in TUNS and also in Sloan, self-awareness and self-consciousness, entitlement, purposeful pronouns, new stuff by TUNS will be more like TUNS, thinking about time and relationships, not a throwback, a Golden Girls analogy, too much like Sloan, hits, making music for fun, Royal Mountain Records and the self-titled TUNS LP is out August 26, a world premiere of the song “Back Among Friends,” and then Chris got the cheque.

Related links: tunsmusic.com royalmountainrecords.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #246: Mauno

Mauno is a wonderfully inventive pop band that hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Founded by singer/guitarist Nicholas Everett and singer/bassist Eliza Niemi, Mauno have toured the country but have yet to release their second record, which they’re currently working on and will eventually be dispatched by the Idée Fixe label in Toronto. Mauno are playing some shows in the near future, including an appearance at Kazoo! Fest at a boxing gym on Saturday April 9, as well as shows in Montreal and Toronto on April 7 and 10 respectively. Here, Niemi and Everett discuss a traditional East Coast big ass smoothie, strange weather, a German exam that is paralyzing the city of Halifax, Mauno’s upcoming hiatus, Eliza heads to Germany, European studies, Nick of all trades, Nick is from London and Eliza is from Toronto, looking for a boat, Andy Magoffin and the House of Miracles, the Etobicoke School of the Arts, cello and prog-rock, Eliza is very good at music, bass is bass, Mike O’Neill of the Inbreds, Mauno’s discography, the late former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and the Ford family, Rheostatics, Emily Haines, Cold Specks, Nick’s four high schools, loving Rush, the Embassy in London, learning things from each other, a botched, rain-soaked marriage, Bryn was involved in theatre, the origin of Mauno’s idiosyncratic sound, influences, seeing Weaves in Newfoundland, driving without listening to music, silence, Mauno’s songs and their new record, Mauno’s new four-piece configuration, long distance musical collaboration, Mauno’s upcoming shows in Montreal on April 7, Guelph on April 9, and Toronto on April 10, their barren bandcamp page and weird stuff @grampamauno on instagram, the song “Nothing,” and nothing else.

Related links: mauno.bandcamp.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #198: Nigel Chapman of Nap Eyes

Nigel Chapman is the visionary singer and songwriter for a Halifax band called Nap Eyes. Featuring members of the neato band Monomyth, Nap Eyes released their debut album this past March and it was recently reissued in Canada on You’ve Changed Records and elsewhere via Paradise of Bachelors. The record is called Whine of the Mystic and has prompted Nap Eyes to go on tour, including stops in southern Ontario between July 15 and 18. Here, Nigel and I discuss sitting in a park in Boise, Idaho, the Gipper, the American geographical landscape, being a technician in a biochemistry lab at Dalhousie University, a G protein-coupled receptor called the apelin receptor and recent research on its mysterious impact on the human body, messenger cells, how this major scientific breakthrough might impact Nap Eyes songs, microcosms and big pictures, “No man needs to care about another man’s hair,” external judgment, social dynamics and skills, lonerism and friendship, Dookie by Green Day, content and intent, conversational thoughtfulness, I enjoy the work of Bob Dylan, assessing the Mighty Northumberland, the fine people of Monomyth, details about the yet-to-be-released and relatively quieter new Nap Eyes album that has a title that only some people can know about, the media, outside of the lab, tour dates, the Nap Eyes song “Delirium and Persecution Paranoia,” and then it was nap time.

Related links: youvechangedrecords.com/artists/nap-eyes/ vishkhanna.com

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