Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Royal Canoe

Photo by Valentin Mittelstet
Photo by Valentin Mittelstet

The first time I heard Royal Canoe I fell in love with their whimsical music. Growing up in Winnipeg this Canadian group shares with us how their isolation influenced their unique sound, and divulged to AMBY what is to be expected out of 2013.  Have a read and learn the story about Royal Canoe’s influences, aspirations, and adventures.

AMBY: How would you describe your sound in five words?

Royal Canoe: Weird, rhythmic, gear-heavy pop.

AMBY: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Royal Canoe: Somewhere warmer. The Winnipeg winter is downright depressing these days. But the people here are so great! We all need to embark on a mass exodus to set up our city somewhere new.

AMBY: What was the inspiration behind the music video Hold On to the Metal?

Royal Canoe: The idea was that all the tubes and pipes surrounding the us performing were connected to this underwater explorer’s suit, fueling his exploration of this weird underwater world. Local filmmaker Mike Maryniuk (a weird and wonderful master of all things absurd) directed the video along with the help of many friends and other local filmmakers.

AMBY: If you could live a double life, describe it in a few sentences.

Royal Canoe: FBI agent. Working on the X-files.

AMBY: How, if at all, has growing up in Canada influenced your music?

Royal Canoe: Less Canada, but more Winnipeg-specific is a feeling of isolation. Being so far away from the really major cities has an effect on what you hear. It’s up to us to do a lot more digging and find band’s that we really love. So when you do find something you love, you love it whole-heartedly because you kinda had to “work” for it, it’s not just passing fad. That said, the Internet has obviously made music discovery a lot easier, but that wasn’t always the case.

AMBY: If you could tour with anyone who would it be?

Royal Canoe: I am sure this would be many people’s answer, but Radiohead. They’ve somehow managed to stay relevant for almost 20 years and are still putting out great records. They have continued to push themselves sonically and artistically and haven’t settled into any sort of comfort zone.

AMBY: What’s the most outrageous or adventurous thing your band has ever done?

Royal Canoe: Our sound guy tried (or threatened) to swim to Mexico off a beach between San Diego and LA once. Long story…

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Royal Canoe: We are really excited for 2013. We will be on the road A LOT all over the world. We will be putting out our full-length record after releasing two EPs this past year. It’s a record we spent the better part of 2 years working on. We are very excited to share it with the world!

AMBY: What can we expect from Royal Canoe in the near future?

Royal Canoe: We will probably play in your town. We recently recorded and performed some of Beck’s Song Reader (an album he only released on sheet music), so stay tuned for some audio/video of that. We will be releasing a bunch of new music this year. It’s gonna be a good one!

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Royal Canoe that nobody knows yet?

Royal Canoe: We have no secrets. Or do we?


Thanks so much Royal Canoe, for giving us your answers!

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