Interview – Open Sails

By:  Aurianna Brien

From Calgary, Alberta, Open Sails is a five-man, pop-rock band. With their first single, “Breakdown,” available on itunes, they are busy working towards the release of their first album while playing shows across the country.

Make sure to get their single, “Breakdown,” on itunes and follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.

Get their single, Breakdown HERE:



Recently I had the chance to ask the band some questions!

Where did the name, “Open Sails,” come from?

OS: The band name came about after a trip to the coast. We were by the harbor in Victoria, BC which inspired us to brainstorm nautical terms for our name. It was the first one we all agreed upon. It signifies strength and perseverance which is the message in a lot of our lyrical content.

What is it like starting out as a new Canadian band?

OS: Starting out in Canada has its challenges. Canada is so vast and the cities are spread out which can make touring difficult.  It makes us driven to work that much harder to get our music out there.

How has music influenced your life?

OS: Music is a language all its own. It has the ability to sooth and to heal. We are collectively so passionate about music that I don’t think there is any part of our lives music has not touched or influenced.

What made you want to pursue music as a band in the first place?

OS: Open sails is unique in that every member shares the same dreams and goals and the willingness to work toward them. All members have been part of other projects before but never have any of us been part of something where passion and efforts are equal among all members.

What was it like filming the, “Breakdown,” music video?

OS: Filming the music video for Breakdown was an amazing experience. The video was filmed in Victoria BC by Dave Wallace of Innovate Imageworks. We packed up the van and drove 13 hours to the location. One of the most time consuming and exciting aspects was the body painting on the second day of shooting. Although the vividly colored “zombies” only appear in the video for a few seconds it was amazing to watch the artist Kristin Grant of Urbanheart create masterpieces on the bodies of the extras. Overall it was a whirlwind experience and we look forward to another video in the future.

Who or what are your musical influences?

OS: Anberlin, Paramore, Kings of Leon, You Me at Six, Fall Out Boy and Imagine Dragons

What was the first album you ever bought?

Joy : Alanis Morissette “Jagged Little Pill

Jared : Anberlin “Blueprints for the Black Market”

Terence : Offspring “Conspiracy of One”

Casey : Young MC “Stone Cold Rhythm”

Chris : I honestly can’t remember!

Who would you like to tour with in the future?

OS: That’s tough! Probably Fall Out Boy, You Me at Six and Paramore.

What should your fans expect from you in the future?

OS: Our fans can expect some new music coming in the very near future as well as another tour coming up in the fall

@ATL_dani wants to know what inspires you when you write a song?

OS: Lyrically our songs come from personal experiences. When Joy writes song lyrics she has the ability to write from her own experience as well as the empathy to “walk in other peoples shoes”

Life is ofter far from perfect for most and our collective message is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That hope is worth having.

And now, so us, your fans, can get to know you all a bit better, tell us some of your favourites!

Favourite superhero?

Joy : Wonder Woman

Jared : Spider-Man

Casey : Silver Surger

Terence : Iron Man

Chris : Batman

Favourite fruit?

Joy : Nectarines!

Jared : Mango

Casey : Papaya

Favourite species of bird?

Joy : Peacocks

Jared  : Owls (but only because flying squirrels aren’t technically birds)

Casey : Bowerbirds

Chris : Puffins

Terence : I gotta go with Penguins

Favourite tv show?

Terence : Revolution

Casey : The Mighty Boosh

Chris : Breaking Bad

Joy : Game of Thrones

Jared : Breaking Bad

Favourite sweet/candy?

Jared : Warheads

Chris : ALL OF THEM!!!

Joy : Wine Gums

Casey : Coke Bottles

Terence : Nerds

Favourite writing utensil?

Casey : Mechanical pencils

Jared : Magic Markers

Chris : Feather Pens

Terence : Spray Paint

Joy : Anything that write in black ink

Favourite thing to do at a concert?

Joy : Stand in the back and soak in the music

Casey : Learn from the performers

Jared : People watch

Chris : Become fanboy

Terence : Jump

Finally, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

OS: We can’t wait to come to your hometown soon! Thanks for all your support! You are the reason we do what we do!

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