Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ We Are The City

We Are The City
Photo by Kirsten Berlie

British Columbia’s We Are The City are coming through to play a headline show in our city, Toronto, at The Rivoli on November 12th. After the release of their latest album Violent and before the trio pass through,
A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with WATC vocalist Cayne McKenzie to talk about touring with Shad, staying up late, and his coined dance move The Flailer. Have a read below:

AMBY: Hello We Are The City, thanks for speaking with AMBY today. What’s the band been up to lately?

We Are The City: Hello, I’m answering you from Ontario, on the west end. Bombing along in our big glue van between Kenora and Dryden. A few things come to mind when you ask what’s going on lately. Immediately, we’re on the way to Toronto to meet with Shad for a tour and for a new stack of memories. Broaden the view a little and reveal that we’ve been cooped up, looking for new studio space, washed out and trying to push bad ideas out of way to make room for some good ones.

AMBY: You’ll soon be on your “big tour with Shad”! What are you most looking forward to?

We Are The City: I’m looking way forward to watching Shad. Also looking forward to, once again (as I do on every tour) trying to ach ie “The Brown Note”.

AMBY: What are the best and worst parts of being on tour?

We Are The City: Best:  Staying up, super late. Worst: Subway. I was going to include Tim Horton’s as well but I recently discovered the Timmies chilli which moved their status to par in my books.

AMBY: Which three things could you not live without while touring?

We Are The City: Any sort of cough or lozenge candy, my small suitcase (which my band has degradingly named, “purse”) and my equipment (there would be no part for me to play without anything to play…). A bit obvious on that last one.

AMBY: The Friends Hurt video you did in the woods for Playground is amazing. Where is the most bizarre place you’ve played a show?

We Are The City: Thanks. Yeah, the Playground group were nice. We once played on a porch at a cross-country ski lodge, in the summer while it was being used as a public horse riding grounds.

AMBY: Which We Are The City lyric is your favourite?

We Are The City: I knew that soon my legs would both give out
So I hurried back to my well deserved throne inside the 99
Young women wait to fill up my desires with their credit cards (that’s money for my rent)
Never reminding me of the day I dread

The day my conscience won’t let me off the hook so easy

Passive aggression fills a mind
Beliefs empower, speaking “do or die”
Start in tying up loose ends and go on hating all the gay men that you have never met
Somethings I’ll never understand

Your conscience lets you off the hook so easy

How does evil go? What does goodness know that I don’t?
The taste of liquorice in my mouth, the straight and narrow 99 route
Please don’t point out my sins
Aren’t these the days that I’ll revel in?

The days my conscience let me off the hook so easy

AMBY: What is your guilty pleasure song?

We Are The City: Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

AMBY: If you could only do one dance move the rest of your life, what would it be?

We Are The City: There is one that I think I coined. It’s called “The Flailer”.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

We Are The City: Gravity – I know you’re asking about record releases but this movie trumps them all.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about We Are The City that nobody knows yet?

We Are The City: Well, there are a couple things about to surface. Let’s leave them a secret for now though. That might be best.


Thank you We Are The City, for giving us your answers!

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