The Rising Few interview

Now since your lyrics are based on your own visual encounters while working in the Montreal Night Life, did the lyrics flow out right away or was there moment where you had to step back and organize the lyrics to ensure they fit properly into each song?In a way…you depend way more on whatever flows out  because it’s a solid ‘check’ on boxes like -dynamics-tempo-pronunciation-rhyme and more…it just feels right, completely independent from any planned musical structure. In most cases you try to recite whatever you already got down hoping the rest will follow through flowing as well. And most of the time it works (with much tries from different angles and different moods)..but as for stepping back and arranging lyrics..it is only necessary ,in my case, when nothing else is coming out naturally, when you have squeezed all of the lemon and exhausted the holy musical ghost or muse HAHAH!It does have its pros when it comes to simple tweaking…and a great trick is to simultaneously having it as a minor filter when lyrics are flowing out..kinda like auto-correct…it just keeps the content in context.

Is this your original basis for your lyrics or did you have something else in mind when you started to write.

Many of the songs started out about a certain something in the current track..and ended up under the creative concept of bigger scheme. For example…Sinners on St-Laurent was originally meant to target the bums on St-Laurent street, as described in the first verse…but it slowly started casting many different characters in that environment like bikers and skate boarders and busking musicians…painting a bigger picture and broadening the message or storyline..It resembles my way in illustrations..i start drawing a character and once i m done..i crop the sheet into a huge canvas with the character centered in it..then draw in and all around everything that would tell the story of that character in one massive episode.

How did you go about fixing and introducing in the instrumental aspect to go along with your lyrics?

Other than having a musical hook ready to give out to the boys, It is one noisy BRAINSTORMING session, it is exactly, to me, like the process of lyric writing..but with a band..Once you readied your song as an acoustic take on guitar or piano..You call in the cavalry, the musicians, and you JAM….90% of the time, it works all the time! and the song writes itself. The rest takes a little pondering on what to add like ”sauce” to either textures or sync with lyrics and bounce, you must be familiar with the skills and weaknesses of your band mates, as well as their personalities..Your knowledge of their groove will shape the song as you are jamming it with them and coaching it to the finish line.

 

How did the writing work for the album?

One thing i kept in mind while writing is that all the songs have go hand in hand..they have to be different sides to a colour corrected cube, and all fit in the same hue of colours without being the tiny bit off balance of subject or content. I work thematically, so if i am writing initially about St-Laurent street, its characters and what goes on on it..it would work perfectly to keep following these characters and their lifestyle all across the nightlife and outings of Montreal by night or even by day..as long as we head back or cross again with the familiarities of St-Lau .This only amplifies the album as a whole.

Do you have any expectations for the album?
I think 15 years from now when people listen to Sinners on St-Laurent they will remember the mayhem, glamour and chaos of that streets golden era..Which was about five years ago and has been declining ever since. They will say: ”Yeah ..something was up with that spot..” it will help keep it s memory in the books..cause lets face it..it’s over…for now at least.

How did you decide on the final mix of tracks on the album?

Glen Robinson’s superhuman producer skills are unmatched..The guy is mixing while we are recording..he then takes a week to add some touches here and there, sleep on it and check again..and then sends it to us once finished…i rarely had anything to say …he was always on point..That why i love working with him. He knows where we are going and he is aware of the current sounds as well..you can’t go wrong.

Are there songs that did not make it to the album?

Yes there was originally 15 tracks written for that album…i filtered them to 8..and added one more as a bonus ”my dying days” because we were having to much fun playing it live. Another one out of the 6 left out was ”Franny” but like it’s fellow bastard brothers and sisters..it will have to wait for a new home (album) with a theme more appropriate to its swing.

While adding in the “bonus” acoustic songs on the album what was the idea behind adding the extra content?

The acoustic version of Tomorrow’s Lullaby ,in my opinion, captures a different intimacy then the full band one. I wanted to share that with the listeners..I always knew that there is much more to learn from hearing different versions of the same song…Same thing with stripped down version of ”Date in Montreal” on piano and trumpet only…it gives the song a whole knew breath ,an early morning vibe that people driving to work in the am would understand..as opposed to the pic-nic-ey afternoon original version. The songs are clearly singer-songwriter songs developed by a super group..it was important to me to not hide it..these are my songs..that I busk in the streets, parks, open-mics and metro…they will always be just as relevant stripped down to acoustic.

Are there any songs that you thought you should have left off the album?

Not at all,i believe i have covered what i wanted to cover. Now after the album is released i am writing more than ever..if anything i would have added songs to it..but you gotta move on and draw the line.

Where can people find your band content online and purchase your album Sinners on St.Laurent?

ITUNES ITUNES ITUNES…there is also bandcamp and the official site where we can deliver the physical copy to you with complimentary illustrations (excepts of the songs illustrated by moi)

https://itunes.apple.com/album/sinners-on-st-laurent/id825932330  or http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=825932330

http://therisingfew.bandcamp.com/

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