Century Thief - Reverie

 

Reverie is het debuutalbum van het indie folk / rock collectief Century Thief uit Toronto. Wat opvalt aan het album van de band is vooral de inventiviteit en creativiteit die we terughoren in de onderwerpen en de muziek. Met drie songwriters en diverse ondersteunende instrumenten  ligt de nadruk op de songteksten.  Maar ook in het instrumentale, heeft de band met unieke instrumentatie gelaagde soundscapes veel te bieden.

Op de dertien nummers op het ruim 50 minuten durende album horen we de band verhalen over onderwerpen als verveling , ongemakkelijke confrontaties , liefde en het leven van alle dag.

Met ' Reverie ' laat de band horen een grote muzikale toekomst tegemoet te gaan. Century Thief heeft wat mij betreft haar visitekaartje afgegeven. 

CENTURY THIEF INTERVIEW

 

Answered by : 

Mike Legere - Backup vocalist , guitarist , vocalist

Omar Shabbar - Backup Vocalist , guitarist , vocalist

Kathryn Kearns- Backup Vocalist , Keyboardist , Vocalist


 

If you have to describe your music in three or four words,what would you call it?

 

M: Lyrical, dynamic, melodic, indie  

O: Energy, collaboration, layers, stories 

K: Any of Mike or Omar’s answers


 

What was the first tune(s) you learned?

 

M: On guitar Baby I’m An Anarchist by Against Me!, or maybe Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen when I was 16.  

O: The Ex by Billy Talent was the first song I learned. I learned it right after my first girlfriend broke up with me in grade 8. Haha

K: I remember when I was in elementary school my family had a pop song book for my uncle’s electric organ. I learned the whole thing. Some of my favourites were Careless Whisper and The Girl from Ipanema.


When did you start writing music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?

 

O: I started writing music in high school and I was very influenced by Brand New, Billy Talent and Protest the Hero

K: I’ve been keen to write music since I was very young. As a kid, I wanted to compose music for video games and movies. I used to listen to Nobuo Uematsu’s Final Fantasy soundtracks over and over again imagining what it would be like to create music that you save the world to. In highschool, I got my guitar and fell in love with Elliott Smith, Broken Social Scene, Wilco and Modest Mouse.

M: I started writing music when I was 8 years old, I would write lyrics and melodies. I was influenced by my brother then mainly. He played pop and folk songs at a lot of social gatherings at our house and everyone would sit around and sing and listen. By the time I started writing with guitar I was into Bob Dylan and a lot of the same ones Kathryn mentioned.


Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?

 

O: Jeff Buckley has always been really big in my life, Grace was his only studio album but his live album is also amazing. I also should say Kid A by Radiohead,  the Suburbs by Arcade Fire and Songs for the Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age

K: Elliott Smith, Feist, Broken Social Scene’s You Forgot It in People, Radiohead, Fleet Foxes.. I could go on for a long time, it really depends on my mood and what’s going on in my life. 

M: Wilco, Yankee Hotel FoxTrot is probably my favourite band/album. I also have a Broken Social Scene Tattoo, so I should probably say them too, Feel Good Lost and You forgot it in People.   


Do you get nervous before a performance?

 

M: Sometimes! I’m feeling more comfortable on stage now than ever before, but there is a bit of nervous anticipation for sure. More intimate shows can be more intimidating. 

O: Almost always, especially right before we start playing. But once we start I'm no longer nervous. I find playing to family and friends is often more nerve wracking than to strangers. 

K: Every time. Sometimes it goes away instantly, other times I can feel it until maybe halfway through the set. 


How do you promote your shows?

 

M: Through social media, reaching out to independent bloggers (like you!), radio, posters, telling people. Any method we can think of!  


What's your outlook on the record industry today?

 

M: It’s the only record industry that we’ve ever known since we are just getting started, so we don’t really have anything to compare it to. I try to be positive about it. However it does feel like it’s not sustainable how people have come to consume music and expect high quality high budget music for free.  

O: It can also be hard with the industry today, you see some bands get signed and it seems like nothing changes. I think 'getting signed' isn't as big of a deal as it used to be. The end game is the same, being able to make a career out of music. Getting signed, although beneficial, isn't a guarantee and it's also not the only way. of achieving that.  

K: Wary. 


What's your claim to fame?

 

M: Honestly not to sure how to answer this one. 


R:What inspires you to do what you do?

M: A love of music, performing and the desire to be inventive, make new stuff that excites me and share it with people. Also currently the energy of my band mates and the chemistry we’ve developed over the past 5 years of playing together. 

O: When you're playing to a crowd that's really into your music and everyone in the band is tight, the feeling that you get is one of the best I've ever felt. I'm very lucky to share music that I'm proud of to new ears with some of my best friends. 

K: It is a drive that is akin to the need to sleep. It’s part of who I am, part of my survival. I love making music. Making music with my closest friends is an amazing privilege and their motivation and commitment keeps me going. 


What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?

 

M: Work in progress demos of new music 

O: Ha probably my high school band. Annndddd Fall Out Boy..... 

K: …..My MP3 player is relatively empty since breaking my phone a couple months ago.


Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?

 

M: I remember a friend said one time that a line in one of my songs described his experience as an electrician, which felt kind of cool, since it wasn’t in any way related to that in my mind. It was something much broader, so it was cool that someone could apply it in such a specific sense and get something from it.  


How would you describe your perfect day?

 

K: Starts with coffee on my balcony, relaxing to about noon, walking a cute dog (please note, I do not have one, but a perfect day…), teleporting to a cottage, boating, swimming, croquet, playing a gig, then spending the night recording.

M: Making music and playing shows with a little lake swim in there and some stellar food sounds pretty good to me. 

O: Probably a day that evolves music, whether it's just jamming or a show, good food with friends, drinks and televised sports of some kind. 



Best song you ever written and why?

 

M: My favourite is most often the newest one, because I still feel like I can discover more with it and do something I haven’t done before, and it’s still fresh and I haven’t heard it a billion times. From this album my favourite is probably Oh Beautiful Impermanence because I got to be weird and make a bunch of noise and write in a way I would never speak. 

O: I like to think that my newest song is my best and every time I write a new song I try to make it my best yet. 

K: I have a very difficult time pinning that to any one song. 


How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

 

M: Keep playing and try not to give it away. The important part is not to stop, usually it’s only bad if you draw attention to it. 

O: I kinda laugh at myself and move on. I used to worry about it when I started performing but it just draws more attention to the mistake. If you move on quickly enough 99% of the time no one notices you messed up anyway. 

K: Keep going! 


Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

 

O: Dream Brother by Jeff Buckley or Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis by Brand New 

M: It’s all over now Baby Blue by Dylan. Poor Places by Wilco.

K: All I Need by Radiohead, Robotic by Hannah Georgas, Waltz #2 by Elliott Smith


If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?

 

M: I’m interested in (and currently studying) audio engineering, so making music in a different way or recording other bands is something I really want to explore.  

O: I'd love to do something like global traveling.... Or playing trumpet. Adam I'm coming after your job! 

K: Painting, drawing, crafting


Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

 

M: Make more records! Tour for longer and more extensively, travel the world with music. Traveling and being creative with friends is a huge rush. I would love to see more places, play more shows in different places and most importantly continue creating. 

O: More music! More touring, recording, writing and jamming! 

K: What they said!


Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

 

M: Doing everything I just said and making a living from it. 

O: Playing music better, writing better music, touring more, recording more and making a living from it! 

K: Again...what they said !