Five Questions With Kinkead

Quebec City-based band, Kinkead recently unveiled 4 singles, “Freak Out“, “Si ça nous tue” “Atomic Suzie“, and most recently “Savane“. The singles are part of their debut album, Migration, which was released on October 23, 2020, via Rozaire.

The album features 11 songs that evoke liberation, emancipation, and the redefinition of the feeling of love and relationship. Henri and Simon, the twins behind Kinkead identify themselves with the LGBTQia2 + community and address issues that are currently challenging their generation.

Check out the video for “Atomic Suzie” below and find out more about this young band via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

We’re twin brothers from Quebec City. We’ve been making music together and having bands since we were 10. Kinkead (which is also our family name) is a creative playground we’ve been working on for the past two years and we’re super excited to release our first full-length album as a duo.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Our music is a hot soup filled with different pop ingredients. The album Migration is a mix of funk, disco, neo-soul, and indie rock. It really embodies the music we’ve been listening to for the past two years, but it’s also very folk and chanson queb infused. The folk singer-songwriter culture in Quebec is very strong and it’s always been a major influence on our writing. The stories we tell are really personal and raw, yet they’re poetic and filled with images that make them relatable.

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

Our next show will be available on our Facebook page on October 23rd, the date at which the album Migration comes out. We’ve had the opportunity to film our performance in a church in Lavaltrie, Quebec and we’re super excited about the show. The focus is put on the songs, but we also play with super talented musicians so it was important for us to let them showcase their chops (which they did). Visually speaking, it was also important for us to emphasize on Queer aesthetics since I (Henri) identify as queer and Simon identifies as bisexual. The looks are glam, shiny and colourful and the whole energy of the show is over the top and filled with light.

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

It would have to be Atomic Suzie. It’s a disco-pop banger that really embodies the energy of the band. The song is about owning your inner greatness and unicity and leaving self-doubt and negative energy behind you.

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

There are so many in Quebec City alone… Simon Kearney (the producer of the album) puts on a great show and is an awesome musician and songwriter. Ariane Roy and Julyan are also really worth listening to, they’ve released some awesome tracks recently. Otherwise, we’re big fans of Charlotte Day Wilson and Andy Shauf.

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