LIDS is a Toronto-based trio consisting of Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck, Dusted), Doug MacGregor (Constantines, City and Colour), and Alex Edkins (METZ). This past March, the band released a single for “Sarsfest” b/w “Blank Flag” via Telephone Explosion and have played select shows when their busy schedules permitted them to do so. This Sunday July 26 at 7 PM, LIDS performs at Guelph’s Hillside Festival and here, Brian, Doug, Alex, and I talk about the nineties, Empire Records and Reality Bites and The Ben Stiller Show, DVDs, Ronnie’s and break-ups, METZ are fine, where LIDS came from and how they’re a ‘stupor group,’ Rob Ford and the Pan Am Games HOV lanes, two and not three, Toronto the extreme, dysfunctional local government versus civic action, Mayor John Tory and Kanye West and Drake, slapping the bass, good and bad Hillside workshops, Brian dressed like a goofy robot, under pressure, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper attacked Holy Fuck, Doug’s jam band app, Dioctave and drumming with a drum machine, dabbled in clickage, LIDS is a buddy band, Chris Koltay from Detroit, one day in Perth, who’s the busiest, Doug has to juggle City and Colour and Constantines, Brian has free time, Dusted, the MC5 and Can, SARSstock, AC/DC kicked ass and the Stones kinda stunk, Will Kidman quit when AC/DC went on-stage, AC/DC rehearsed at Cherry Beach, my kid and AC/DC, Doug and Back in Black, when Brian defaced a Bon Scott statue, future plans for everyone, Holy Fuck’s new album, Hillside Festival chatter, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, the songs “Sarsfest” and “Blank Flag,” and then we put a lid on it.
Related links: telephoneexplosion.com hillsidefestival.ca vishkhanna.com
Efrim Menuck is a founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and the esteemed Hotel2Tango recording studio in Montreal. Menuck has led a very prolific artistic life; this past fall GYBE won the Polaris Music Prize for their album Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! and on Jan. 21, a new SMZ LP greets the world. It’s called Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything and is available via Constellation Records. In a candid conversation, Efrim and I discuss Capital Steez and musicians who die young, how parenthood makes you look at the world from a childlike perspective, the significance of clips featuring the voices of Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith, Poly Styrene, and Efrim’s son on this new SMZ record, the MC5, why music is work, the humour and comedy within GYBE and SMZ, the rock band Shellac, the recording engineer Greg Norman, the way GYBE dealt with winning the Polaris Music Prize and why, future SMZ releases including a Record Store Day 12-inch and a long EP, the song “Austerity Blues,” and much more.
Related links: cstrecords.com vishkhanna.com
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