Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Sidney York

Sidney York
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Currently on their <3s Release Tour, Calgary duo Sidney York (Brandi Sidoryk and Krista Wodelet) have been busy playing songs taken from their recently released third LP <3s. Before they bring their avant-pop to Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern on Sunday, February 16th, we asked Brandi and Krista about the new album, favourite songs, the story behind their name, and more. Here’s what the ladies had to say:

AMBY: Hello Sidney York, cheers for speaking with AMBY! Please introduce yourselves to our readers.

B: Hello readers! I’m Brandi, and this is Krista. We are two music geeks that make up the quirky indie pop duo Sidney York.

AMBY: Who inspires your indie avant-pop?

K: Our influences are relatively diverse. As trained-classical-musicians-slash-pop-music-fanatics, we are influenced by so many musical worlds. Brandi, for example, is heavily influenced by the heavy cabaret style of Kurt Weill. I have a soft spot for the Los Angeles indie band The Submarines. Despite our varying music influences, one thing that Brandi and I both agree on is that J.S. Bach would flourish in today’s current musical climate. If Bach was writing indie music today, his music would be in every dramatic television series and indie film out there.

AMBY: What’s the significance behind the title of your third album, Hearts?

K: The record is actually titled “<3s”. It is an ode to a break-up in the digital age, and all of the electro-emotional consequences thereof.

B: Is electro-emotional even a legitimate term? Do I need to consult the dictionary?

K: It is now. Electro-emotional. It’s legit.

AMBY: Which songs off the record are your favourites?

B: My favorite is “I Wait,” which will be released on Volume 5. There is no song on this record that hits home with the intensity that “I Wait” does for me. Every time I sing that song, I feel as though I’m transported right back to the time when I wrote “I’m in town on business, you’re a flight delay.”

K: I prefer the title track “Hearts.” It plays to all of my synthesized sonic desires.

AMBY: Where did the name Sidney York come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?

B: Sidney York is a pseudo-anagram of my last name. I first started using this name to separate my classical music life from my pop music world. When Krista and I started to collaborate as a duo, she felt the same need to hide her classical music side from her newfound inner-indie-goddess. So the name stuck.

K: The funny thing is that most of our classical music peers have embraced and are fascinated by our indie music lives.

AMBY: Does hailing from Calgary have an influence on your music? If so, how?

B: I think being Calgary artists has affected the way we conduct ourselves in the music industry more than anything. We are your average, friendly Alberta raised girls, and that persona has definitely affected how our fans perceive us.

K: We love being ambassadors of Alberta. We travel a lot for music, and we are always proud to represent Alberta abroad and within Canada.

AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?

B: Most? Tina Fey. Her and I share a similar dance style.

AMBY: What are the last three artists you listened to?

B: Cake. The Gay Nineties.

K: Ellie Goulding.

AMBY: Which 2014 release are you most looking forward to?

B: St. Vincent’s new record. Hands down.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Sidney York that nobody knows yet?

K: Brandi and I are on the road all the time; we’re hardly ever home. But, when we are, we share a bedroom. It’s like the high school sleepover that never ended. And we’re thinking of getting bunk beds.


Thank you Sidney York, for giving us your answers!

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