We were lucky enough to get the chance to have a chat with up & coming trio, Break The Trend. The trio is made up of John Fournier, Alex Lajambe and Lucas Mullins. They will be releasing their EP, Talk Is Cheap on May 6, so be sure to check that out, and you can see our pre-release review on May 2.
First off, care to introduce yourselves to our readers?
We are Break The Trend, Canada’s local rock band.
Break the Trend came to be in 2010, how has the band changed throughout these six years?
Well, we started off in High School and we were exactly that, a high school band. No vision, no plan just a couple guys writing music for the love of it! We soon discovered our passion and began piecing together our first E.P which didn’t go anywhere. After college and full time jobs and broken spirits it was time to revisit that passion. In the past two years the most significant changes are exactly what we lacked in high school, a plan and a vision. Our visions are now becoming realities and our passion for music has only gotten stronger in the process. You can now feel our chemistry and the love of what we do pour through each note it’s what drives our fans in wanting more.
You recently joined forces with SounDrive Records, how did this union come to be?
We first heard of SounDrive through your website (Canadian Beats). We follow you on Twitter and saw the interview that was done with SounDrive. After a little investigation we found out they were looking to sign bands and we put together a submission. Dominic and Francesco saw that we liked their Facebook Page and that we sent a submission. They got in touch with us and we got to work getting the deal together. The rest is history!
On top of that great news, you will be releasing your EP, Talk Is Cheap on May 6, what can you tell us about it?
Talk Is Cheap is a compilation of three tracks (Hey Darlin, Can’t Take It, and Life Of Sin). The unique thing about this EP is it features tracks that were partially wrote previous to us going our separate ways for college and tracks wrote after we came back together in 2014. It is a cool mix of our influences both now and then.
The EP features your single, “Hey Darlin’” which is a super catchy song, care to walk us through your writing process on this track?
Well Hey Darlin’ started as the simplest inspiration, a beautiful girl walking through the grocery store and John’s instant response of “Hey Darlin’” when he saw her. From there he took the idea to the band and we started piecing the instrumental depth that comprises the track. The verses came spontaneously to Alex at work while singing the chorus over and over in his head while wishing his shift would end. From there we played the song for the first time at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto for the very first time but the catch was the fact that we added the harmonized beginning without practicing it. It was a spontaneous idea that we absolutely loved and began rehearsing it just moments before the show and we got an amazing response. Further changes to the final track were inspired by the producer of SLR studios Marty Bak, together Hey Darlin’ became that super catchy song that more and more people are getting to know and love.
You released a lyric video for “Hey Darlin’”, will there be an official video for the track?
We are definitely working on getting a music video out to the public! Currently we are looking at many avenues to get it done professionally and with the help of SounDrive we are confident in our abilities to get it done right. We want nothing but the best for our fans!
When can fans expect a tour from Break the Trend?
Currently our focus is on releasing “Talk Is Cheap” and soon after another record. We’re looking to turn that into a tour shortly after releasing the next record. In the meantime we travel around playing as much as possible.
If someone has yet to see you live, how would you describe your live show?
Our live shows are very exciting; nothing is ever really planned so to speak. Its four guys having the time of their lives on stage improvising their way through some of the most spontaneous things. It’s raw, it’s real and it’s relatable we feel that we connect with so many people that way. We’re very serious about the music that we play, but we are equally as serious about taking jabs at each other and making fun of anything and everything. It’s an experience unlike any other.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are you current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
The Trews, The Glorious Sons, The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck, The Tragically Hip, Billy Talent are all artists that have and continue to inspire us and our sound.
Here at Canadian Beats, we like to include a portion of questions that may help your fans learn something new about you, so here goes:
What is the first album you ever purchased?
Alex: Me and my dad always went to the local pawn shop and got a bunch of albums and the first one I ever got out of that was Will Smith’s Big Willy style. I still know basically every lyric to Gettin’ Jiggy with it.
John: Michael Bolton’s Greatest Hits 1985-95 randomly picked up this tape without looking at it. When A Man Loves A Woman still brings me to tears…
Lucas: Garth Brooks Double Live
What was the last concert you attended as a fan?
Alex: Journey at Casino Rama
John: Eric Church at Copps Colosseum
Lucas: Garth Brooks at Copps Colosseum
If you were asked to cook a meal for the Canadian Beats team, what would you choose to cook?
Alex: Chicken Burgers and Kraft Dinner… wait, but with the kraft dinner on the burger, whoooa duuude.
John: Tuna in sandwich form. So special.
Lucas: Spaghetti and meatballs… or in reality, spaghetti and more spaghetti, because who can afford meatballs?
What is your favourite summer activity?
Alex: Hiking trails and climbing anything in sight.
John: Working outside.
If you were able to share the stage with any other Canadian artist/band, who would you choose?
Alex: BTO all the way
John: The Trews
Lucas: Billy Talent
With festival season on the rise, is there a specific one you are looking forward to? Why?
We’re all looking forward to Amnesia Fest! The lineup is just fantastic and we can’t wait to experience the whole thing, the atmosphere, the music and everything in between!
What is one thing your fans would be surprised to learn about you?
Alex: My high school nickname was Big Gut and most people know me as Dave for the fact that I look like Dave Grohl.
John: I’m an avid shoe collector
Lucas: I was a grade 8 Valedictorian.
Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
For our fans that have been there from the start and have never given up hope on Break The Trend, your support alone has gotten us through some of the toughest obstacles thank you so much. For the ones who are just getting to know us, don’t be afraid to get to know us. Reach out, our social media channels are always open for some good times and we love every single one of you. Without you, we are nothing.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.