On August 26th, Nova Scotia indie-pop group SoHo Ghetto release their debut album Thou or I or Both. In anticipation of its release, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with the band to discuss Halifax bands, dream festivals in the forest, and an album about relationships.
AMBY: Hello SoHo Ghetto, thanks for speaking with us today. Please introduce yourselves to our readers.
SoHo Ghetto: Hello there, we are Marc-Antoine Robertson lead vocals/guitar. Alex Meade lead guitar and synth and Shawn Burke drums, percussion and back-up vocals. Rachel Sunter piano and back-up vocals. Andrew Balfour plays da bass.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
SoHo Ghetto: Marc-Antoine-Passionate, Alex Meade-Stabilized, Shawn Burke-Calculated, Rachel Sunter-Social, Andrew Balfour-Hamburgers
AMBY: You’re set to release your debut album this summer! Is there a working title for the record yet?
SoHo Ghetto: The album is called ‘Thou or I or Both’ and we will be releasing it August 26th.
AMBY: What was one of the best moments you had while creating the debut?
SoHo Ghetto: The day it was finished was a great day. It took almost 2 years and so much changed within the band in that time. It was a sublime feeling because once you are done climbing the mountain a much larger mountain awaits you but its more of an active volcano…on an island…in a snow storm and you’re swimming there. If you arrive the satisfaction is overwhelming. So it’s worth every minute.
AMBY: Taken from the album, you recently unveiled its first single titled One At A Time. What’s the story behind the song?
SoHo Ghetto: The album is about relationships, all different types. That song is about the struggle to establish a good trusting relationship and how difficult it can be working past one another’s flaws and inconsistencies. First you have to deal with yourself and your own expectations your own demands and what you expect from another person so that you’re both comfortable moving forward. I believe this is something we have to deal with in all relationships familial, romantic, platonic or otherwise. “Dancing with the devil ain’t a game that was made for two…he takes us one at a time.” If you’re going to share what’s right about you with someone you also have to share what’s wrong.
AMBY: Which other artists from Halifax should we keep our eyes on?
SoHo Ghetto: Here’s 5 Halifax bands that are awesome. AA Wallace, Floodland, Rich Aucoin, Glory Glory, This Sound will Save You.
AMBY: If you could curate your own festival line-up, where would it take place and who would be part of it?
SoHo Ghetto: It would be deep in the forest with a waterfall close by. There’d be tons of woodland creatures. Soho Ghetto would open followed by Frightened Rabbit & Chvrches form Scotland would play. Then some Wintersleep then Bruno Mars featuring Katy Perry. Drake would show up but only for like 3 songs cause he’s really into just chillin in the woods with his fans. After that around midnight we’d have an epic M83 show then to finish the evening in a classic way CSNY and a surprise acoustic set from Sting and Peter Gabriel. THEN around 3 o’clock everyone would find there second wind and Lady Gaga would come out followed by Justin Timberlake. Its the poppiest.
AMBY: Where would you go in a time machine?
SoHo Ghetto: Where I want whenever I want. I go back to yesterday and not eat that fruit explosion muffin I found.
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about SoHo Ghetto that nobody knows yet?
SoHo Ghetto: We’ve got more new music coming out in the Fall besides the album. Hooray for pop!
Thank you SoHo Ghetto, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout