Five Questions With Plain As Ghosts

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Winnipeg, MB-based alternative-rock band, Plain as Ghosts took some time to chat with us for our newest segment of Five Questions With. The band released a remix of their single, “Convolution” which was mixed by Evan St. Cyr at Arcade Studios. Check out the remix below, and find out more about the band.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Greetings! I’m Trev (Singer, Guitar) from the band Plain as Ghosts.  We are from Manitoba.  Thank you so much for your time and allowing me to be a part of things.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style. 

For me, I like to write music about experiences, situations that are close to me or at the very least, things that I can relate to.  I am not usually the type to turn out a bunch of songs every session with made up stories, It’s just not me. (props to those who can do that, as it is a talent unto itself)  However, the songs that I end up writing are near and dear to my heart.  They are about myself, people I know or things I have experienced.  Perhaps I am too attached to them, I don’t know…That’s just how I like to write.  Perhaps it sounds cliché but it’s a bit therapeutic in a way.   I try hard to see the good in everyone and everything. Although that’s sometimes difficult, I like to include that vibe when I write if at all possible or appropriate.

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

Our next Gig will be on November 23rd opening for Pop Evil and Royal Tusk at the Pyramid Cabaret here in Winnipeg.  We are very honoured and thankful to be a part of this one.

Prior to that, we had competed in the “Road to Indie Week” battle of the bands here in Winnipeg and made the finals.  We didn’t win but we would like to extend a big congrats to The Love Tongues who will be representing Winnipeg in Toronto in November for Indie Week!

Our live show is quite energetic.  I work in an office during the day so, maybe it is pent-up energy.  I love to jump around and have some fun while we are on stage.   In my eyes, there is no point in doing this if you aren’t enjoying it.  I just love getting out there and playing live music with my friends more than any other aspect of being a musician.   Regarding our sound? Hmm… The music has been described as heavy and lyrically directed with hints of melodic ambience.  I know…that seems to go against the use of the term “energetic” but, I promise we like to have fun!

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

Now here is a tough one…they are all near to me.  One song hmm…I will go with: ‘Convolution’.  We recently collaborated on a remix of this song with a talented producer – Evan St Cyr.  So, there is a rock version of ‘Convolution’ as well as an electronic, chill summertime vibe on the song with the remix.

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

This one is easy albeit, all over the map!  I am really loving Japandroids and The Flatliners lately.  I have always loved Matthew Good’s music.  For captivating storytelling and mood music – I often find myself listening to William Prince, I just think he is an amazingly talented man.  If I want to get pumped up, its almost always Comeback Kid, Cancer Bats or Propaghandi.  For active, local Winnipeg music I am a big fan of Silence Kit.   Man, this list could run on forever!

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