Regina, SK based Brodie Moniker is set to release his debut self-produced/ engineered album, Nowhere Left to Ghost on March 25, 2017. He has just released the second single, “Punching Bag” which you can hear below. We were happy to get the chance to ask this fifteen-year music veteran a few questions in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
You may know me from my previous band PandaCorn or my other band Fancy Diamonds, but if not I’ve been driving long distances, playing guitar licks and singing my songs for over 15 years now. I’m putting out a solo album for the first time and I’d love for you to hear it.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My music is pretty guitar driven right now. I’ve been touring with a power trio for the last year and the songs have been shaped by that sound. I do play quite a few other instruments on the album though to add more shades and colours. I think thats a big part of my writing style. I like to think in colour, like more aggressive songs seem red to me, dreamy songs are pastel and love songs are blueish purple. The lyrics are all based on experiences and people I’ve met, I love words and phrases that aren’t as familiar, just like tones and arrangements.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
Yes! I’m playing in Winnipeg at the Handsome Daughter with Mahogany Frog on March 23rd then Cloud 9 in Regina and Chillers in Moose Jaw on the 24th and 25th. I’m excited that a friend has been workin on keyboards for those gigs, so it’ll be our first tour as a 4 piece. I’m lucky to be playing with this line up of fantastic players, Drake Mark on drums, Steve Leidal on bass and Danny Jones on keys, so there’ll be the songs off the album along with some serious jamming and a few new tunes!
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
If you like bluesier stuff check out Punching Bag. On the folkier side Even Birds Return would be good, or if you want a straight up 90’s rock jam check out Push Play DJ. I feel like theres a song on this album that you’d like and a song you’ll skip, it goes a few different places musically.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I’ve always liked the Calgary music scene for its adventurousness, Chad Vangaalen and Ghost Keeper come to mind. Saskatoon has a great scene as well, we just did a show with Von Jumbo and TOAM and they’re both fantastic. Since I’m from Moose Jaw I’ll give a shout out to my boys Johnny 2 Fingers and to the great Megan Nash. I have to credit my new home, Regina as well, Homo Monstrous and Robot Hive are pushing different artistic envelopes and theres also really cool old school punk like the Extroverts and awesome indie rock bands like the Florals and Steves who are all killin it from the Queen City.