Interview – The Rising Few

By: Emily Thomson

The Rising Few are a indie rock / folk alternative band from Montreal, QC. Their new album out on March 25th ‘Sinners On St. Laurent’ as well as two new music videos in support of the album. Continuing reading to find out more about The Rising Few from the vocalist, Karim Terouzian.

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

RF:   Lenard Cohen holds an important position in my regard…I relate to his lyricism,background and career decisions..

Bryan Adams’s him or disregard him..he can still hit every note singing at his current age,which is a constant reminder to me that unless you write like Bob Dylan (and nobody does) you better keep your vocal chords trained and in check.

The Tragically Hip: i have recently discovered The Tragically Hip…i couldn’t believe how close this bands sound and direction is to ours..i couldn’t stop listening..

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

RF: In all Humility…I would choose to tour and open for Shane Murphy..he is the most important local act to me..I want to learn anything i can from him and associate my musicianship with his.

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

RF: My constant struggle with everyday fears,The ongoing questions one asks him/herself in order to grow…i have done all i can in my life to secure the time,place and freedom to reach that decision.I moved from Cairo at 25 looking for privacy so i can figure out what am i going to do with this talent i have been given..and i wasn’t even sure what exactly is that talent,..i was good at many things but a master at none.Only by living my life the way i wanted to and stirring up my inner-revolution have i decided that there is nothing else to fear and that there is nothing holding me’s time to attack this the way i have blindly attacked anything else i wasn’t sure of..but this time..i knew there was no going back.

Your newest album ‘Sinners On St. Laurent’ is coming out very soon, how long did you work on the album until it was ready to be released? 

RF:As soon as i stepped in the plateau area to live and work,I had little riffs and choruses teasing me in my head …every time i look at the sign ”’ i would start humming ”I’m a saint saint sinner on St-Laurent”.

4 years later, still at the Plateau and my head completely filled with similar anecdotes and hums…it all exploded with the decision to start the band..and the first album would be the home of these little ideas and songs.

What is the typical writing process like when you wrote a song? 

RF:Typically it would already have a melody or a title…I would first take a stroll downtown, hum and voice in falsetto whatever melodies or words that would give that initial idea substance, I would record all that voicing on my phone…go back home ..sit down with a laptop,guitar,rhyming dictionary and a  personal vocabulary notebook that i keep..and I start mixing and matching..kind of like arts and crafts..I repeat this process for more than 3 days in a row for 3 to 4 hours every time..and if I am lucky…I may get a well shaped skeleton of a song ready by then…if I am lucky.

How would you describe your album ‘Sinners On St. Laurent’ in a couple words? 

RF:Montreal crossroads

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?

RF: I wouldn’t, I would tell them to come to our next show on the 8th of April at La Galerie 203 on St-Paul…then OK I would say it’s Punchy Montreal Soul.

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

RF: Egyptian beans (fool), you can live on that stuff 3 times a day and stay strong-like-bull!! 😀

Do you have a favourite childhood memory?

RF: Saturday morning cartoons in Montreal,note that i arrived from Cairo to Montreal from the age of 8 to 12…and back then we only had 15 minutes of Tom and Jerry  and 30 of animal planet-like show a week in coming to Montreal and having cartoons from 8 am to 8 pm was like hitting the jackpot.

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

RF:The weight of your love by Editors.

What is your favourite colour? 

RF: Blue

What song describes you best? 

RF:  The River – Bruce Springsteen

Do you have any hidden talents? 

RF: No, all of my talents have been exploited in order for it to all fall down to music…from mixology to illustration, animation to P.R. and Sales and many others.

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

RF: Your interaction with us this last year spawned a whole list of different new songs…remember people, you are the most valuable ingredient to The Rising Few. It is your interaction and response to our material and performance that shapes the new and hopefully more accomplished material to come. Keep being a part of us. Thank you for that organic and symbiotic growth we share together.

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