On October 29, modern folk Vancouver-duo The Fugitives (Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod) are playing The Rivoli with label mates White Ash Falls. The band released their album Everything Will Happen this week, and before they play in Toronto, we spoke with the Canadian Fugitives about the highlights of touring, arm wrestles, moccasins, and more.
AMBY: Hello The Fugitives, cheers for speaking with us. What’s the band been up to?
The Fugitives: Living life on the road, experiencing the Ottawa nightlife, playing Real-life Tetris with instruments into vans and occasionally drinking boxed wine.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
The Fugitives: Adrian- Brooding. Brendan- Generic.
AMBY: You’ve toured a lot! What have been some of the highlights of touring Canada and Europe?
The Fugitives: We like touring the UK because even long drives are minuscule compared to Canadian ones, leaving time to check out medieval castles and real ales. But we love touring Canada because we have friends all across the country now and this is how we get to see them.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to the band while on tour?
The Fugitives: There’s something new every day. Last night our drummer Sly lost an arm wrestle to Brendan and literally half a second later was pulled onto the dance floor by 4 women. Brendan’s theories of alpha dominance are now seriously on question.
AMBY: Which three items could you not live without while on the road?
The Fugitives: Moccasins. A smartphone w a map app. Earplugs.
AMBY: Does hailing from Vancouver have an influence on your sound? And if so, how?
The Fugitives: The weird thing Adrian’s the only one left that’s from Vancouver. The gloom of Vancouver gets to him pretty bad and infects his songwriting but we try to temper his moody stuff with some big drums and carpe diem songs.
AMBY: The band’s new record Everything Will Happen is released this week! What is the significance behind the album’s title?
The Fugitives: It’s about the fine lines between fatalism (everything will happen so just accept it) and free will (everything will happen if u MAKE it happen). The songs (unintentionally) explore this theme in different ways.
AMBY: Some of the band’s interests are “touring, eating, drinking, words”. But what’s your favourite pastime?
The Fugitives: Right now probably Rings and Dinner with Clara Haber.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
The Fugitives: Edward Snowden. Although I guess he’s not really out of the woods yet.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Fugitives that nobody knows yet?
The Fugitives: We make most of our important decisions based on arm wrestles.
Thank you The Fugitives, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout