Tim Darcy is an exciting and provocative American poet, singer, songwriter, musician, and performer currently based in Montreal, Quebec. Well-respected for his work as a dynamic vocalist and intricate lyricist in the band Ought, Darcy recently stepped out for a record and tour under his own name. The record is a great one called Saturday Night, which was released by JagJaguwar Records in February 2017, and Darcy and his band have already crossed parts of Canada, the United States, and Europe to spread the word about it and play some shows. With some more concerts ahead of him, Tim and I caught up for a chat a few weeks ago where we discussed his experience at this year’s controversial SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, which faced backlash over performance limits they imposed on travelling musicians, the political climate and consciousness in America and Canada, how writing with and playing in Ought has influenced him as a solo artist, what’s up with the new Ought record and his own musical plans, and much more. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.
Maica Mia is a three-piece band from Montreal featuring Maica Armata, Jonny Paradise, and, most recently, bassist, Mauro Pezzente who is also a member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Together they create a compelling, emotionally rich kind of contemporary folk music bolstered by heavy instrumentation and electronic flourishes that propel Armata’s evocative and powerful vocals. This past January Maica Mia self-released their gorgeous second album; it’s called Des Era and has prompted them to tour, including a stop at the Drake in Toronto on Friday March 7, shows at SXSW on March 13 and 14, Quebec City on March 28, and Montreal on April 4. Here, Maica and I discuss face-touching danger, the beauty and joy of physical mail, the sound of Maica Mia and what cinematic music means, Maica’s favourite movie and her love of “animals” and phoning home, I AM NOT AN ANIMAL, music and things that inspire Maica to make the unsettling music she makes, why a movie she hasn’t seen yet is probably her favourite movie, particular themes on the record that have become evident to Maica, Dimitri Nasrallah, how Mauro Pezzente ended up in Maica Mia, the next album, the song “wish,” and more.
Related links: maicamia.com vishkhanna.com
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