Toronto’s atmospheric dream-pop trio The Wilderness of Manitoba dropped their new fourth album Between Colours on September 16th. To celebrate the album’s release, they play a hometown show tonight at Lee’s Palace. Read our new interview before they hit the stage as we discuss Toronto’s eclectic music scene, the band’s growth, and the new album.
AMBY: Welcome to our website, The Wilderness Of Manitoba! What’s the band been up to lately?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: We’ve been touring the East Coast and Ontario, it’s been a blast so far so good.
AMBY: You recently released your fourth album Between Colours, congrats. What was one of the highlights you had while creating it?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: Working with Joe Dunphy was so great. He’s so invested and so driven, too. I’d say we learned a lot from his very finely tuned ears.
AMBY: How do you feel the new album compares to your debut? Where do you feel you’ve matured or allowed yourself to experiment more?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: The debut album is certainly different from Between Colours, our most recent. But it’s also a different band. As a trajectory, you can certainly see the band’s growth in terms of taking on challenges and experimenting with songwriting and overall sound.
AMBY: To celebrate the album’s release, you’ll play a hometown show on October 16th in Toronto. Do you feel that hailing from Toronto has an influence on your sound? If so, how?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: Well Toronto is so huge and has such a massive, eclectic music scene. It’s hard to not be influenced by everything that’s going on around you, whether artistically from seeing live music to just the nature of being part of a frenetic and busy city.
AMBY: Sadly festival season has come to an end. If you could curate your own festival, who would be in the line-up?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: A dream festival? We’d book A.A. Bondy, The Barr Brothers, Stereolab, and Oumou Sangare!
AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: Life In The Passing Lane.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about the band that nobody knows yet?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: Nobody knows that we are consistently terrified of crossing Roger’s Pass, that and we maintain a candlelight vigil in the van each time we drive north of lake Superior in the wintertime.
Thank you The Wilderness of Manitoba, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout