Interview – Tiny Strings

Simcoe County, Ontario-based band, Tiny Strings is made up of Jesse Muldoon, Jimmy McLean, and Neil Mavor. They have unveiled their second EP, Neighbours, which features six tracks.

Neighbours features both loud and soft moments, vacillating between aggressive hard rock and gentler acoustic sounds, as displayed on album closer “Street Lit Flies”. The album contains darker themes of isolation, anxiety, and doubt, while also finishing with a sense of warmth and reflection.

Check out the album below, and find out more about Tiny Strings via our mini-interview.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Jesse Muldoon, the lead singer, and guitarist for Tiny Strings, an indie rock band based in Simcoe County, Ontario. I played in local bands Starving Artists and Dead Mechanics who were part of Barrie’s dynamic music scene, and am currently working on new original material alongside bandmates Jimmy McLean and Neil Mavor.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

Neighbours is our second EP and the first to be mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in Hudson Valley, New York. The album includes both aggressive and somber moments and the songwriting is noticeably darker than earlier efforts, featuring themes of isolation, apprehension, and doubt. However, it also contains an interesting emotional arc, finishing with a sense of warmth and thoughtfulness, hopefully giving the listener a sense of growth.

When it comes to the global pandemic, how are you keeping yourself out in the public eye while not being able to perform?

The pandemic collided with the band initially forming and recording the first self-titled EP in 2020; we literally had a single rehearsal and then began recording remotely. The approach worked and we again recorded separately on Neighbours, which was inspired by the pandemic and our collective fears, struggles, and challenges. We also spent longer writing, preparing, and mixing the finished product to ensure it would be something we’d be proud of. Though we’ve been unable to perform, writing and recording has given us a great outlet during an uncertain period.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so if you were able to work with ONE fellow Canadian artist, alive or dead, who would you choose?

Canadian music will always be the best and I was raised worshiping at the altar of Gordon Lightfoot and the Hip. I would love to work with Bry Webb of the Constantines for his unwavering commitment to thoughtful, intelligent, and meaningful music. Also, his lyrics kick ass.

What’s your goal for 2022?

I’d like to keep writing and creating as much as possible and to keep focussing on the positive in a world filled with anxiety. Also, to become a better musician, partner, parent, and person. Thanks.

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