This week we meet a psychedelic indie band hailing all the way from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Living Hour, formally The Hours, sit down with us to have a little chat with us and to introduce themselves & their music.
With a sound to which I can only describe as a dreamy Alt-J or chilled out Tame Impala. I'm sure these guys are set to, hopefully soon, make some waves within the music industry.
With dreamy guitars and oozy vocals from Sam Sarty on lead, Living Hour will happily chill you out and put a smile on your face while sending you onto a state of psychedelic audio dreaminess. Which to us sounds bloody amazing!
Check out the interview below to find out more about them & their music...
ABlog: Introduce Yourself! Who makes up Living Hour and what role do you each play?
LH: Living Hour is Sam Sarty, Adam Soloway, Gil Carroll and Alex Chochinov. Sam is lead vocals, keyboard, trombone and guitar. Adam is backup vocals and guitar. Gil is guitar. Alex is drums.
ABlog: Are you all originally from Winnipeg, Canada or has the music & band brought
you all here?
LH: We are all from Winnipeg. Gil, Adam and Alex all became friends at summer camp and elementary school and then met Sam several years later at the University of Winnipeg.
ABlog: What is your musical style in 3 words or less?
LH: Psychedelic Chill Dreaminess
ABlog: How did Living Hour come to be, how did you all come to be in the band.
LH: We discovered Sam through her youtube channel where she did some acoustic covers of The Cure and Elvis which were cool so we asked her to join the band. Gil, Adam and Alex have been playing music together since grade six so it was all pretty natural.
ABlog: You recently changed your name from The Hours to Living Hour, why the change?
LH: We changed the name because the other “The Hours” from the UK has a Wikipedia page and we don’t so it just made sense to change it after we discovered that. Hopefully one day we could have one too!
ABlog: What is your creative process as a band? Are you lyrics first – sound later? Or the other way about? Or do you have an entirely different approach to your music?
LH: We usually have the sound figured out before the lyrics. Once we have the sound figured out Sam will come up with some vocal melodies and then we will slowly piece in words that we think sound cool and or weird.
AB: What other music artists do you have your eye one for 2015. Are there any acts that you're excited to see what they produce next?
LH: Basic Nature and Animal Teeth are both really unreal bands from Winnipeg whose music
ABlog: How involved are you guys with elements outside the music like album/single artwork or music video art direction? Does Living Hour have a big creative side or do you prefer to leave that to other people?
LH: Most of the art we have was made by friends and local artists in Winnipeg. Sam has also done some of it too, like our first t-shirt she designed and some posters. Our friends Nich and Lucas made the music video for Steady Glazed Eyes with ONAN Video, and our album art was made by Dan Dzyrienski who we messaged him an offer because we saw a super nice poster he had made for Alvvays.
ABlog What are your plans for 2015?
LH: We are super excited to release a tape of our debut album with Tree Machine Records. Hopefully we will be able to tour a lot in Canada and the U.S. and play some nice festivals too. We also want to start planning new recordings for some new song ideas. Decorate our jam space with lava lamps and a rug.
ABlog: Are you guys touring soon? And when can we next expect to hear new music
from you guys?
LH: We are going on tour starting on April 23 to Western Canada. We will be gone for about two and a half weeks. We will have released all of our new songs by then!