Interview – Alexander France

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I have recently been introduced to the music of a British Columbia band, Alexander France. With Kyle Stibbs on vocals & rhythm guitar, Steven Jay on lead guitar, Ryan McGrath on bass and Derek Eddy on drums, the music will keep you listening and wanting more.

I was sent to their website: http://alexanderfrance.bandcamp.com/ where you can listen to their music, and I was immediately in love with the first track, Disco Disco. I enjoyed every one of the songs on there and look forward to hearing more from this Canadian band.

So guys, how did you come up with the name Alexander France?

AF: Before we had a band name we had a song called “Nightboy, Alexander France” and when we decided we weren’t going to use that song we adopted the name Alexander France and the Nightboys for our band. Over time we dropped the “Nightboys” and became simply Alexander France.

How long has the band been together?

AF: Our One year anniversary just passed 2 weeks ago! And we’re loving every minute of it.

How did the band form?

AF: Originally I (Kyle Stibbs) had a solo project featuring songs like Battle the Tide and Memory Lane. I needed a backing band and Derek, Steve, Ryan and I knew each other from Highschool and over time as they contributed more to the song we decided to take on the band format.

I see that you have had some help from Brendan Lehti, former vocalist of The Latency, what was it like working with him?

AF: In one word, amazing. Brandon produced our album free of charge as well as helping with the songwriting process for most of the tracks on the album. To this day he is a guiding force of the band acting as a mentor and frequent collaborator with the band. Kyle actually co-wrote two songs on Brandon’s EP Heartbreak Getaway. (Heartbreak Getaway and Colour in my life) He also smells like a bed of roses.

If you could only use one word to describe the band’s style to someone, what word would you choose?

AF: Fun!

What is your favorite song to play live?

AF: We have a song called Disaster which is always a blast to play. But if we had to choose a song off the EP, Disco Disco is always good time because the crowd always gets really into and dances along.

What is the inspiration behind the song “Battle The Tide”? The song gives me chills. The vocals are amazing.

AF: Thank you so much, Battle the Tide actually pre dates the band by about 6 months written by me (Kyle) with some help from Brandon Lehti it’s about the loss of my Grandmother.

What role do you think Social Media plays in the music industry?

AF: I think Social Media is playing a bigger part every day; it makes everything so much more accessible to the public and really gives a connection to the fans.

If you had the chance to collaborate with any artist, who would you choose?

AF: We all have different answers for this one so we’ll do a roll call!

Kyle: Justin Timberlake.

Steven: Taylor Swift.

Derek: Johnny Rzeznik.

Ryan: Mumford and Sons.

Is there any band or artist you would love to tour with at some point?

AF: We are all big Marianas Trench fans and would love to go on tour with them some day. They really know how to put on a show.

I always like to include a “fun” portion of the interview, so here goes:

What is the first album you remember buying?

AF: We have another roll call for this one!

Kyle: Happiness and Disaster by Stabilo.

Steven: Americana by the Offspring

Derek: Keep the Faith by Bon Jovi

Ryan: Enema of the State by Blink 182

What are your top three songs that you listen to often?

AF: This was a really tough question to answer but here’s what we came up with!

Haven’t Had Enough by Marianas Trench.

Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5

And Over my Head by The Fray!

If you aren’t playing music, what could we find you doing?

AF: We all love to play video games together, like Halo or Age of Empires.

What is one thing that your fans would be suprised  to learn about you?

AF: All current members used to be in a pop punk band called “I Think We’re Heroes” and played a show with a cardboard cutout of Chuck Liddell propped up behind a keyboard. We lost the cutout that day and the band broke up.

And now for THIS OR THAT:

Pepsi or Coca Cola?

AF: Coca Cola

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?

AF: Reese cups or death.

Cats or Dogs?

AF: Dogs.

Movies or Television?

AF: Movies.

Facebook or Twitter?

AF: Twitter, because it’s a great way to stay connected with fans as well as other local bands.

Batman or Superman?

AF: Batman, although we’re very excited for the new “Man of Steel” Movie

Morning or Night?

AF: It’s hard to play flashlight tag in the morning so we say night.

And of course, I have to ask, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

AF: We love you guys so much! Everything we do you guys are the force that pushes us, and as we continue to change and grow we know that our fans will grow with us. It’s been such an experience thus far just getting to know all these amazing people and I’m happy to say that some of our “fans” have truthfully become our friends. Once more we love you guys and everything you do for us.

If you are looking for a way to see this amazing Canadian band live, here’s your chance:

June 22, 2013 – An Evening with Dangerous Pastry Records and Friends ft. Alexander France. For more info, visit  http://www.dangerouspastry.net

July 11th, 2013 – The Treble, Alexander France, Fields of Green, Tommy Alto, Elisa Money @ Tom Lee Music. For tickets visit http://www.dangerouspastry.net

-Jenna Melanson- Canadian Beats

I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started with Hedley. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.

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