Interview – Poor Young Things

By: Emily Thomson

Poor Young Things are a 5 piece Toronto based rock band. 2 years after relocating they released their album ‘The Heart. The Head. The End.’  Along with getting a record deal,management, a growing fan base and Sirus XM Emerging Artist of the Year. Keep reading to find out more about Poor Young Things.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are some of your favourite Canadian bands/artists?

PYT: Sam Roberts, Arkells, Matt Mays and El Torpedo, Said the Whale, The Tragically Hip

If you could put together a tour with any Canadian bands/artist including yourself, who would headline and who would the openers be?

PYT: Sam Roberts headliner. Poor Young Things opener.

What made you decide that music is what you wanted to do?

PYT: 1) Day jobs require getting up early.

2) There’s a special feeling when you’re in the process of writing a new song that’s                      indescribable.

At what age did you start with music?

PYT: I don’t think you can put a date on it. We all grew up with music. The love has just always been there.

What was the first song you remember learning to sing or play on an instrument?

PYT: I’m going to say…probably something like Hot Cross Buns on the recorder!

How did you all meet each other?

PYT: We all went to high school together. We weren’t best friends by any means, but we definitely hung in the same social circles.

How did you come up with the name ‘Poor Young Things’?

PYT: It’s the title of a great Peter Elkas/Joel Plaskett song. It goes “You and me let’s make a band. We’ll call it Poor Young Things.” It seemed like an open and shut case.

How did you come up with the name for the album ‘The Heart. The Head. The End.’?

PYT: It’s about charting a path through life. You’re path changes with each decision you make. You can calculate your moves and use your head, or throw caution to the wind and follow your heart.

What is your favorite song off the album?

PYT: Dress It Up, but I’m sure it’s different for every one of us. We’re wacky like that.

You guys are currently on a Canadian tour, how is the response so far?

PYT: We can definitely see the hard work paying off. We want to make sure that if you come to our show, you have a great time. I think that keeps people coming back.

Have any cities stood out to you so far? If so, which ones?

PYT: We played Halifax Pop Explosion this year with Hollerado. Anytime we get to go out east, it’s always an amazing time.

Are there any cities you’ve never played before in Canada that you would like to?

PYT: We haven’t been to St. John’s Newfoundland yet. Hopefully that’ll be on the schedule soon.

These next few questions will help your fans get to know you better, what is your favourite food?

PYT: Tacos, Gyros, Gourmet Mac and Cheese, Raisin Bran, Steak and Potatoes. That’s diverse, baby!

Do you have a favourite childhood memory?

PYT: (Matt) I remember my older brother’s taking me to see Sloan and the Odds when I was about 10. Amazing!

If you had to listen to one album for a year, which album would you listen to?

PYT: Oooooo…that’s a tough one. Maybe the first Third Eye Blind album.

What is your favourite color?

PYT: Brown and Orange. 70’s style.

What song describes you best?

PYT: Piece of Crap by Neil Young

Do you have any hidden talents?

PYT: We can make a pretty mean kleenex box banjo.

And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

PYT: Thanks for all the support. You guys are the coolest. We’ll see you soon!

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