Monday, September 14, 2009

Bands in the Neighborhood: North of Canada

This installment of our Bands in the Neighborhood series features North of Canada, a indie/power pop band who play at the Velvet Lounge on October 1st. Here's what they had to say.

How did you all come up with the band name?
The members: The General on drums and tactical maneuvers, The Admiral on bass and tambourine, Robert France on guitar and vocals, The Corporate Drone on guitar and vocals

The names of the band members were arrived at organically and reflect either a personality trait or article of clothing of each member. Robert France and Drone are brothers and lived for a brief time on Baffin Island with their parents when they were kids. The name is a tribute to the hearty sould who inhabit such locations.

How did the band form?
Three of the members lived in proximity of each other rooting for the Fightin Phillies.

How many members live in Columbia Heights? Whereabouts?
The Admiral lives on Irving

Do you practice in CH? How about play any gigs in the neighborhood?
We'll occasionally hold an acoustic practice at The Admiral's home, but the full-fledged electric practices require the space and luxury of the suburbs. We played once at The Wonderland Ballroom on a rainy Wednesday night in April. I remember the service being excellent. We are slowly becoming regulars at Asylum in Adam's Morgan for their Friday night live gigs along with The Red and the Black, DC9, Rock and Roll Hotel, and a few other venues that have asked not to be mentioned.

What are your band's influences?
NoC has responded favorably to the likes of Supergrass, Blur, Graham Coxon, Albert Hammond, Johnny Headband, Electric 6 and far too many other local and national acts. The band sounds like a soothing blend of aromatic teas crossed with jalepenos would taste. We tend to write songs while sipping moderately priced vodka and pondering the great questions of our time. The General does not believe in contraception and therefore is not creatively influenced by it. The animal kingdom is a frequent muse for the band as songs are frequently written about or allude to various wild and domestic creatures.

Do you have any records out?
We have an EP out on iTunes entitled Every Seahorse Could Be Different. We have many more songs in various stages of recording. You haven't lived if you've never heard an album inspired completely and solely by the majestic creatures of the deep known as seahorses.

What’s your take on the local music scene, Columbia Heights and DC?
Columbia Heights is a great neighborhood if you enjoying combining the conveniences of suburban shopping with gang violence and party buses. In accordance with the recent WaPo article, the band still isn't sure what a 'hipster' is but we're relatively sure that we aren't it. We enjoy DC in principle but could do without the following items: cut-off jean shorts on males and wine bars.

And if you had to rename your band for something in Columbia Heights, what would it be?
South of Petworth

Here's their Myspace and Twitter

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