Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Les Jupes

Les Jupes
Photo by Samanta Katz

After the release of their latest EP Negative Space and another successful international tour, Winnipeg quartet Les Jupes are getting ready to release their forthcoming full-length in 2014. The band are soon playing the annual Manitoba Music Showcase on November 28th. Ahead of the show, A Music Blog, Yea? caught up with Les Jupes to talk about their new forthcoming album, electrons, advice, and using falsetto.

AMBY: Hello Les Jupes, thanks for speaking with AMBY. What have you been up to lately?

Les Jupes: I (Mike) just spent 3 beautiful and restful days at the cabin.  It’s a few hours north of Winnipeg and totally off-grid.  The first snow came, and so the forest and lakes were just stunning.  Slept in front of the fireplace, played a lot of cards and plowed through a book. These rural sporadic getaways have become vital to my well being.

Other than that, recording recording recording.

AMBY: Your full-length album is to be released some time in 2014. Is there a working title yet?

Les Jupes: Nope! The title is always the last to come.

AMBY: Looking forward to the upcoming release of the LP; how would you describe the feel of the album?

Les Jupes: It feels lighter than Modern Myths, even if it’s actually darker, lyrically.  It feels like both a punch and a kiss, so I suppose it’ll probably send people mixed messages.

It’s also a lot more ‘focused’. We’ve been trying to trim the fat and build songs up from a more streamlined foundation, while retaining the elements that make us sound like us.

AMBY: What is the significance behind the title of your latest EP, Negative Space?

Les Jupes: A few different things, actually. We had an inside joke in the band for a long time about filling the negative space in the van when packing.  The EP is also filling the negative space between albums.  And there was a really awesome DIY art/music space in Winnipeg called Negative Space that closed down this year. It had some cool art on the walls that we tried to get permission to use as the EP cover, but couldn’t track down the artist.  (train-hopping street punk n all)

AMBY: Which song off the four track EP is your favourite?

Les Jupes: That’s like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. And similarly, my favorite changes day to day.

AMBY: The band is playing the annual Manitoba Music Showcase on November 28th. What are you most looking forward to regarding the showcase?

Les Jupes: Showcases are kinda weird if it’s just music industry and not many fans there, so hopefully people come out for the show and we can all have a good party.

AMBY: What is the meaning behind “Electrons. Crashing into other electrons.”?

Les Jupes: It’s an attempt to summarize the simplicity and the energy of what we do. It’s not rocket science, lots of bands have come before us and will come after us, but in this moment, we and everyone in the room are one atom.

AMBY: Which other artists from Winnipeg would you recommend we listen to?

Les Jupes: Royal Canoe, Yes We Mystic, Oldfolks Home are all awesome

AMBY: What is the best piece of advice you have been given regarding the music industry?

Les Jupes: Don’t worry about trying to find the music industry. When you’re ready, the industry will find you. Or alternatively, your time is better spent making your music great then trying to attract industry to something that’s not totally clicking yet.

AMBY: What’s your favourite release of the year?

Les Jupes: Run The Jewels by El-P and Killer Mike is some serious hip hop bombast.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Les Jupes that nobody knows yet?

Les Jupes: Everyone in the band knows the last two Kanye records inside and out, lyric for lyric, beat for beat. And I’ve got a falsetto and I’m no longer afraid to use it.

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Thank you Les Jupes, for giving us your answers!

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