Five Questions With The Daisy Cutters

Photo Credit: Ritchie Perez

The Daisy Cutters, from St. John’s,  have recently taken some downtime but are ready to get back in the swing of things with a show at the Rockhouse tonight. We asked them a few questions for our Five Questions With segment so that you can get to know them a little better.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

We are The Daisy Cutters; Curtis Keats, Gene Browne, Taylor Wall, Matt Aylward and Mike Dinn.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

The band has gone through a number of changes throughout the years, and with that comes evolution in the sound and style of a band. We’d like to say that we’re a throwback sound, sort of a 70’s Classic rock vibe, ranging from slow jams to MC5 like hot jams. We tend to not write to fit a particular genre, but more so work with anything that has potential. Sometimes this is a full band setting, other times various members bring forth material.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

We were lucky enough to be asked to close a show with The Long Distance Runners at The Rockhouse on Friday Nov 25th! For someone checking out the Daisy Cutters for the first time, prepare for atmospheric jams, rock riffs to make our forefathers proud, big drums, tasty hammonds and vocals, and of course mandatory good times all the time! We don’t take it too seriously in terms of our hair and makeup, we’re all about working with the crowd to establish a good time for everyone involved in the show process from fans to staff to co-acts! Party like it’s 1972, man.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Push, off No Worse For Wear EP. Push takes you on a constant ride through the whole song, kicking off with a powerful drum intro, and eventually making it to underwater if it were in space … ya dig?! We actually wrote this song by mistake I believe – showed up to work on something else and this kind of popped out – some mistakes aren’t all bad – we’ll take many more like this one, haha. This is one of our favorite tunes to perform and it allows us to express our diversity and dynamics all in one tune with each member… that and Gene just loves to solo for 2 minutes at a time… this song, and the rest are available for FREE download on our bandcamp –

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

Being from a small island where amazing bands outnumber days of sun, we’re pretty fortunate to have some local bands that really influence us. Sea dogs, The Novaks, Cabbages & Kings, The Long Distance Runners, Rick Lambe are folks that rock hard, are beautiful humans, and could honestly keep up with any pro band in their genres. We also have some folks from our extended nation that we certainly love to spin on the table .. Tragically Hip, Thrush Hermit (Joel Plaskett), Matt Mays, Sheep Dogs, April Wine, Chilliwack – bands that can rock it when it’s hot and cool it when it’s not. We’re very lucky to have so much inspiration to draw from just right around the corner or in our backyard.

If you’re in St. John’s tonight (November 25th) you can catch The Daisy Cutters at the Rockhouse with The Long Distance Runners and Earle + Coffin. All info can be found on the Facebook event page here:

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