By Nikki Celis
CALGARY — Over two years have passed since the release of Windigo’s last recordings. First was February 2013’s 10-track release Retrospectrum; the eight-track The Rhombus EP followed in August of that same year. Their driven, energetic, get-on-your-feet music has grown considerably since, made evident by their upcoming new EP Disco.
Thanks also to a change in the band’s line-up (newcomer Barry Mason took over on guitar and vocal duty while Mitch Cooper is on drums) bassist Jen Severston says their sound has changed for the better.
“[Barry and Mitch] just bring a multitude of awesomeness,” says Severston.
Mason notes that Windigo’s sound has become more psychedelic, with added layers of harmony applied vocally and instrumentally, to which he credits the Beatles for being a massive influence compositionally.
“We like making music that we enjoy playing live,” he remarks.
“We’re really thinking about having songs that are danceable, fun and great to groove to while still being musically interesting.”
While …Rhombus was a more melancholic affair that was done entirely acoustically, front man Anthony Kameka says listeners should expect a more refined, upbeat sound from Disco.
“It’s a lot more upbeat — a lot more interesting,” he says.
Kameka notes that engineer Lorrie Matheson, owner of Inglewood-based Arch Studios, managed to capture the energy that the band is so well known for live.
“It’s a hard thing to do,” says Mason.
“With Lorrie, he came up with great ideas on how to execute [the translation of their live performances to Disco] well.”
“I think [Disco] is something I’m really proud of and really excited to have it out there, and I think people will love it,” says Kameka.
Not only has the band undergone a change in line-up and sound, they’ve also noticed a change in the way they perform live. Severston says that although their previous performances were always fun, recently their shows have become “much more enjoyable than ever before.”
“I mean, it’s always been fun, but now it’s just super fun,” she says, laughing.
Attend Windigo’s release show on June 12 at Broken City with Fox Who Slept the Day Away. They play Wunderbar in Edmonton on June 15 with Diamond Mine and Sicilians.AB, Alberta, Broken City, Windigo, Wunderbar