Toronto’s atmospheric dream-pop trio The Wilderness of Manitoba dropped their new fourth album Between Colours on September 16th. To celebrate the album’s release, they play a hometown show tonight at Lee’s Palace. Read our new interview before they hit the stage as we discuss Toronto’s eclectic music scene, the band’s growth, and the new album.
AMBY: Welcome to our website, The Wilderness Of Manitoba! What’s the band been up to lately?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: We’ve been touring the East Coast and Ontario, it’s been a blast so far so good.
AMBY: You recently released your fourth album Between Colours, congrats. What was one of the highlights you had while creating it?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: Working with Joe Dunphy was so great. He’s so invested and so driven, too. I’d say we learned a lot from his very finely tuned ears.
AMBY: How do you feel the new album compares to your debut? Where do you feel you’ve matured or allowed yourself to experiment more?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: The debut album is certainly different from Between Colours, our most recent. But it’s also a different band. As a trajectory, you can certainly see the band’s growth in terms of taking on challenges and experimenting with songwriting and overall sound.
AMBY: To celebrate the album’s release, you’ll play a hometown show on October 16th in Toronto. Do you feel that hailing from Toronto has an influence on your sound? If so, how?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: Well Toronto is so huge and has such a massive, eclectic music scene. It’s hard to not be influenced by everything that’s going on around you, whether artistically from seeing live music to just the nature of being part of a frenetic and busy city.
AMBY: Sadly festival season has come to an end. If you could curate your own festival, who would be in the line-up?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: A dream festival? We’d book A.A. Bondy, The Barr Brothers, Stereolab, and Oumou Sangare!
AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: Life In The Passing Lane.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about the band that nobody knows yet?
The Wilderness Of Manitoba: Nobody knows that we are consistently terrified of crossing Roger’s Pass, that and we maintain a candlelight vigil in the van each time we drive north of lake Superior in the wintertime.
Thank you The Wilderness of Manitoba, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout