THE splendid Favours…
have been discussing their new single, Stowaway, and revealing its themes; what it was like filming the video and how they all got together – I ask whether there are any tour dates coming up and if there are some rising artists we need to get behind.
I discover which artists and sounds are important to the band and how they got together; whether there are plans ahead for 2019 and what advice they would give artists emerging – they reveal which artist they’d support on tour if they had the opportunity.
Hi, guys. How are you? How has your week been?
We are splendid and enjoying the extra hour we got back on the weekend. We’re spending it writing lots of new dreamy tunes.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourselves, please?
We are an Indi, Synth-Rock four-piece from Toronto, Canada. We take influence from '80s and '90s Brit-Rock and the Indie we grew up on. We’re your best friends always there to lend a hand, in exchange for some Favours in return.
Stowaway is your latest track. What is the story behind it?
The song is about a love affair and the lyrics urge the listener to move past tired narratives and into a blissful escape. Stowaway was written during a road trip from the gloomy cold Canadian climate while driving south to the enchanted Muscle Shoals.
The video looks like it was great to film. How did the concept come about?
We love making videos and we used Stowaway as a chance to make our own technicolour dream. We wanted to recreate some our favourite moments from the movie Blow Up, as well as add some of our on flavour.
Do you think there will be more material coming along?
You should definitely be expecting more music very soon! We are in the process of writing and recording the rest of our first E.P., which we are hoping to release in February 2019.
How did Favours meet? When did you get together?
Favours banded together after some of the members had taken a hiatus from playing music with other bands. We couldn’t help it and it dragged us back in with a face.
What sort of music/styles is the band inspired by? Are you all bonded by similar tastes?
We all enjoy the same music but most of all we’re very open-minded and love all arts. We love everything from Brit-Rock to R&B.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
By the end of 2018, we will have released our first two singles and played as many shows as we could squeeze in. Lots more to come!
Do you already have plans for 2019? -
BIG plans for 2019. Look out for lots of music to be released and some big tours if all goes well.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
As Favours, one of our favourite moments has to be playing with The Zolas for one of our first shows. They selected us to open for their sold out show over Instagram. Amazing musicians and even better people.
Which one album means the most to each of you would you say (and why)?
Album: You Forgot It in People - Broken Social Scene
Solidified my high-school foray into Indie and probably the reason I came to Toronto.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Maybe New Order or The Stone Roses. Both legends; both have had a large effect on our sound in one way or another.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
As a new artist ourselves, we’re still trying to figure it out! Send advice our way; we need it!
Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?
We have many shows in Canada planned for this month.
London, Ontario: Nov. 15
Ottawa, Ontario: Nov. 22
Montreal, Quebec: Nov. 23
Toronto, Ontario: Nov. 30
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Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
We all have our own side-passions and love affairs but typically I unwind by going for hikes and enjoying nature. Maybe taking some photographs along the way.
Finally, and for being good sports; you can each choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Broken Social Scene - Lover’s Spit
The Marias - Cariño