Interview – Alea Rae & The Good In Everyone

By: Jenna Melanson

In May two of great Vancouver bands will be taking off on a tour together, Alea Rae & The Good In Everyone. The two will embark on a tour to Montreal and back, with the kickoff show being May 21 at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver.

If you haven’t heard of these bands, it’s time you do, so we decided in honour of the tour, we would conduct a special 2-in-1 interview! So keep reading below to find out lots more about these amazing Canadian bands. Also, if you’re looking for their tour dates, look no further:

5/21  Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret
5/28 Banff, AB @ Hi Alpine Centre
5/29  Edmonton, AB @ Brixx w/ We Were Friends and Run Deer Run
5/30  Calgary, AB @ Nite Owl w/ The Ashley Hundred and I Am The Mountain
5/31  Saskatoon, SK @ The Capitol w/ We Were Friends and Matt Stinn
6/3  Sudbury, ON @ The Townehouse
6/4  Toronto, ON @ The Piston w/ Noble Oak and Bare Claws
6/5  Peterborough, ON @ The Garnet w/ Cool Hands and Shore Thing
6/6  Ottawa, ON @ Avante-Garde Bar w/ The Haig and Kaylie Seaver
6/7  Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange w/ Grand Lark and The Nobodies
6/9  Kingston, ON @ The Mansion w/ Kasador and Xprime
6/11  Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundry w/ Android 16 and Don’t You(,) Mean People?
6/12  Winnipeg, MB @ Suite 421 w/ Hearing Trees and Micah Visser
6/13  Moose Jaw, SK @ Common Café
6/14  Regina, AB @ Club at The Exchange w/ Nick Faye and The Deputies
6/16  Cranbrook, BC @ The Byng

When did you first decide you wanted to pursue music?

Alea Rae: All of us decided at different times and grew up with different backgrounds. Originally I (Alea) was performing as a solo artist and looking for backing musicians, and after I met Jeremiah and Patrick we naturally amalgamated into a three piece.

The Good In Everyone: Everyone in the band has played a variety of instruments from a young age, so I’m sure the idea of pursuing music has always been something each of us has toyed with. I can’t think of a time when I didn’t want to pursue music. Ever since I started playing piano when I was 5 I have wanted to be a musician in some capacity. Wanting to be a concert pianist morphed into wanting to be in a touring pop-punk band which gave way to indie rock music as I got older and my tastes changed.

Who have been your biggest musical influences throughout your life?

Alea Rae: Garth Brooks

The Good In Everyone: I can only speak for myself on this one. I was raised by my parents on a diet of classical music, jazz and the Beatles. During the period of my life (grades 8 to 10) when I started to cultivate my own taste, the indie rock scene in eastern Canada was exploding thanks to the likes of Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, Feist, The Stills and so many others. These were the formative years in terms of my musical direction. I heard those bands and their innovative, engaging, often chaotic instrumentals juxtaposed with great songwriting and said to myself, “that’s what I want to do.”

Up until now, what has been the biggest highlight in your career?

Alea Rae: Booking this Canada­wide tour – we’ve never done anything this extensive together, and we’re really looking forward to meeting so many new people.

The Good In Everyone: My high school band, From Film To Paper, got to open for The Pointed Sticks at a sold out Richard’s On Richards matinee. Nardwuar MC’d. That might be my career highlight. With this project however, the EP release show at the Biltmore was amazingly well attended and received. It’s probably competing with going #1 on Queen’s University’s radio station for biggest highlights thus far.

You are heading out on tour in May, what stop are you most excited for?

Alea Rae: We think Montreal will be the most rewarding after such a long trip across the country, and none of us have been there so we’re excited to explore the area.

The Good In Everyone: Montreal. I have never been to Montreal, and Divan Orange is a great venue. We’ve scheduled an extra day off there to just hang out and take it in. However, when I look at the list of shows, I’m legitimately excited for all of them. Nite Owl in Calgary is a great venue and we have a wonderful lineup there with The Ashley Hundred and our good friends in I Am The Mountain. Same goes for out Edmonton show with We Were Friends.

What can fans expect from the upcoming shows?

Alea Rae: A bass player and some new material.

The Good In Everyone: With these upcoming shows fans can expect a to hear the EP along with 4-5 new songs that are due to be recorded in the fall. The new songs are an attempt to move in something of a new direction, with heavier influence from bands we love like Yo La Tengo and Dinosaur Jr. as opposed to straight indie pop-rock. If you like the EP I invite you to come to the show, because the experience is very different. Two guitars live makes for a much bigger sound, and Jamison’s drumming really drives the performance.

If you had the chance to add one more Canadian band to the show lineup, which would you choose?

Alea Rae: We’d love to play with We Are The City at some point.

The Good In Everyone: Justin Bieber so that we can finally break through with the coveted Belieber demographic. In all seriousness though, We Are The City.

When can fans on the East Coast expect to see live shows from you?

Alea Rae: Unfortunately, we can’t really set expectations for future tours yet, as we’re going to be focusing on getting new material out before we do another big trip however, we are excited to make it out to the east coast eventually.

The Good In Everyone: So on this tour we’re not going all the way to the Maritimes. Hopefully we’ll make our way out there in 2016. We would love to play Halifax, and have band members with friends and relatives out there. However, we’ve got Toronto (June 4), Guelph (June 5), Ottawa (June 6) Montreal (June 7) and Kingston (June 9) as far as eastern Canadian shows go this time around.

When you’re on the road, what are your three must have items?

Alea Rae: A falcon, water and trail mix.

The Good In Everyone: Advil, my migraine pills, and decongestant nasal spray. Take all three at the same time and you’re in for an interesting night.

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

Alea Rae: 

Patrick: We Are The City, Aidan Knight, Blessed

Jeremiah: Andy Shauf, Feist, Royal Canoe

Alea: Owen Pallett always, Grimes, Caribou

The Good In Everyone: I’m going to keep this to Vancouver, just because the breadth of the Canadian music scene is too much for me to deal with in the context of this question – so many amazing bands the list would never end. We all love We Are The City and Johnny De Courcy and, in a different genre, Woolworm and Dead Soft. WEED’s new album is also terrific. A couple of personal favourites from the local scene include Hermetic and Spring, both of whom I’ve been listening to a lot lately. Alea Rae is also easily one of my favourite local acts and we are very excited to hit the road with them.

What’s up next for you, after this tour?

Alea Rae: We have a few options open, but we don’t want to reveal anything yet. All we can guarantee is that we can’t wait to continue to grow.

The Good In Everyone: A long, hot bath and a week’s hibernation. And coffee that doesn’t come from a gas station. Tour is tiring, and makes you appreciate little daily luxuries. After we’ve shaken the road dust out of our clothes we plan on making our way to the island later this summer and recording a full-length in the fall. Most of the songs have been written, it’s just a matter of deciding how to go about recording them.

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

Alea Rae: We want to give all of you hugs for being overwhelmingly supportive and to let know that we appreciate your enthusiasm towards what we’re doing more than we can put into words.

The Good In Everyone: Thanks to our wonderful, supportive fans, friends and musical buddies. We rely on you for support in so many ways, and you do nothing but deliver. Hope you can come out to a show on tour, hang out and chat. Stay tuned for some new recordings this fall. We hope you like them.

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