Interview – Bombproof The Horses

By: Jenna Melanson

Four piece alternative rock band, Bombproof The Horses hails from Edmonton, Alberta. The band is made up of Remco Dalmaijer (Vocals/ Guitar), Joel Kleine (Bass/ Guitar/ Vocals), Darrel Roy (Guitar), and Richard Visscher (Drums). You obviously want to know more about this band with the interesting name, and you’re in luck. We were able to ask them a few questions via an email interview, about where the name came from, their EP release, and more.

First things first, how did you come up with the name “Bombproof The Horses”?

BTH: We were in that super aware stage of anything could potentially be a band name — an odd phrase in a conversation, a sign, etc.  I came across a list of obscure book titles and one of the book titles was “How to Bombproof Your Horse”.  I googled it and learned something new about horses!  We liked how bizarre it sounded, while still being something real with a lot of history.

You’ve known each other since elementary school, but when did you decide to start a band together?

BTH: Remco and I knew of each other in school, but we were in different grades.  In university, we played together at coffee house type events, but it wasn’t until years later in 2012 that we connected and started writing songs.  Once we had a few good tunes penned, we got a couple other friends involved.

You released your debut EP last month, how has the response been so far?

BTH: It’s been great!  We’ve received positive reviews and some radio play, which is really exciting.  “Springtime in my Hometown” is resonating with folks, because we’re stuck in that time of year where everything is dirty and brown — the miserable time before spring in Edmonton erupts.

I am a big fan of your song, “Springtime in my Hometown”, can you explain the writing process behind this song?

BTH: First of all, thanks!  I had the music for that song from way back in 2009.  Every so often, I put together a cd of instrumental songs to share with Remco for new songs.  That one caught his attention but he wanted to wait until the right inspiration for lyrics hit him.  A couple months later, he came up with a few verses — trying consciously to write a song about that Edmontonian springtime experience.  We added a chorus and fleshed out the lyrics and knew we had something special.

If you had only one chance to convince someone to listen to your music, which song would you recommend? Why?

BTH: It really depends where the listener is coming from — ‘Like I Do’ is our typical go-to song.  It’s got that major-minor hook and a chorus you can shout along to.

Your sound has been compared to other Canadian acts, such as Joel Plaskett and Sloan, how does that feel?

BTH: That is perhaps the awesomest thing anyone could say to me about our music.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are your favourite Canadian bands/ musicians?

BTH: How much room do I have?!  I’ll try to limit myself to five…Sloan, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Zeus, Local Rabbits (everybody should hunt down ‘Basic Concept’), The Weakerthans…ummm..just five more…Blue Rodeo, Bruce Cockburn, early 54-40, The Skydiggers and Jason Collett.  Oh, and Rheostatics…can’t forget them.

Do you have any upcoming shows you’d like to tell us about?

BTH: We are lining up some shows for June, but nothing solid yet.  Our singer’s wife is having a baby soon, so we’re taking a short break until June.  You can keep tabs on us on twitter @bombproofhorses or Facebook.

What’s next on the agenda for Bombproof the Horses?

BTH: We reached the milestone of releasing an EP, so we want to play around town, perhaps a weekend trip up and down Highway 2 down to Calgary and Red Deer in the summer.  We’d like to write some new songs and record another EP by next summer.  This weekend we were filmed for an episode of a new series called Secret Setlist that’ll be broadcast in August of this year.  We’ve got a great video idea but need to gather some funding before we pull that off.

During our interviews, we always like to include a “fun” portion where fans might be able to find out something they didn’t know about you, so here goes.

What is your all time favourite video game?

BTH: The first game I bought was Sim City 2000.  I get ridiculously hooked to those Sim City games…it’s somewhat unhealthy.

When did you attend your first concert? Who was it?

BTH: I was in grade 7 when my brother and I went to go see Honeymoon Suite.  Haywire opened for them.  That was classic Canadian hair pop!

What website do you visit most often?

BTH: I’m always checking in on various social media sites.  I used to read Pitchfork.com daily, but have found their preferences and my preferences diverged a few years ba — I mean canadianbeats.ca!!

You had to choose only one meal to eat for a whole month, which would you choose?

BTH:  It depends, do I want to be healthy at the end of that month?

If you weren’t pursuing music, what would you be doing?

BTH: I’d be gaming more and getting out less.

What is the first song you ever performed in front of people?

BTH: A few high school buddies had a band called Crash n’ Burn.  We had only one had song, much like Degrassi’s The Zit Remedy.  We performed that one song at a youth conference talent show…in front of 2500 people.  It was exhilarating and deadly.

Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

BTH: Thanks Mom!

Pick up Bombproof the Horses’ EP ‘The Ground The Sky’:
Follow them on Twitter @bombproofhorses and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BombprooftheHorses
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