By Levi Manchak and Jenna Lee Williams
EDMONTON — If the artery that runs between Edmonton and Calgary is the QE2 Highway, it’s about to become clogged with Edmonton musicians streaming southward for the 2016 edition of Sled Island. BeatRoute put two fingers on the wrist of the Edmonton music scene to check the pulse of Calgary’s northerly neighbours. We asked them to answer a random survey.
BeatRoute: Sled Island Guest curator Peaches has an album from the early oughties called “The Teaches of Peaches.” What are The Teaches of [your band]?
Pigeon Breeders: Listen. React. Flow.
Jesse & the Dandelions: The “Candies of Dandies?”
Doug Hoyer: A: Notice the little things B: Pretty much everything can be pretty funny and pretty sad. c. It’s not hard to fall in love, if you want to fall in love.
Marlaena Moore: To not be afraid of being vulnerable in order to be heard.
Hood Joplin: be positive + stay based
Switches: The Teaches of Switches are dance like nobody’s taking 100 per cent of the shots you didn’t eat, pray, live, laugh or love; so smile, cause nobody’s watching you! YOLFO! You Only Live Forever Once!
Tropic Harbour: Eat Ramen every day, explore new scenery, slow down and enjoy the good moments.
Betrayers: First Lesson: Throw your fucking chorus pedal in the trash. Second Lesson: It feels good to be bad. Third Lesson: Give no quarter for you shall receive none.
Faith Healer: It’s all downhill from here.
HELLEN: Be yourself, go nuts, play loud.
N3K: Olde English.
Preston: Always put your foot with the coolest sock forward.
Rayleigh: That’s awesome. No, we don’t have anything like that. Like do you want a pun? Or some advice? We don’t have any advice for anyone. Sorry.
Weird Year: That people should treat others well with respect rather than be absolutely terrible.
Concealer: Disregard for technical proficiency.
Pyramid//Indigo: The teaches of Prius maintenance.
BR: “Acoustic Afternoon” or “Weekend Dad Drives” could be Spotify playlist names that describe the music genres that they feature. (Folk & Classic Rock) What name would you give your band’s Sled Island set if it were a Spotify playlist?
Pigeon Breeders: Pick Your Poison & Turn Off The Lights (Weird Late Night Jams)
Jesse & the Dandelions: Stoner Music for people who don’t actually get stoned
Doug Hoyer: First Date Picnic
Marlaena Moore: Sad gal sing along
Hood Joplin: — – -CLUB 420- – —
Switches: Day Drunk Beaver Punks
Tropic Harbour: Dream and Chill or Big Shiny Jams
Betrayers: Bubblegum Flower Punk
Faith Healer: Everybody Hurts
Mitchmatic: Weeknight existential wobble
HELLEN: Night Sweats
N3K: Space Jammer Unlimited
Preston: Emo evening
Rayleigh: Daddy Likey
Weird Year: Turn this to 11 in a dark room
TEETH: Music You Won’t Know What to do With
Concealer: Post-Apocalyptic Picnic Classics
Pyramid//Indigo: Communist Doomsday
BR: If you could play in any other Edmonton band featured at Sled Island this year, which band would it be. (Bonus points for not just saying another band you already play in.)
Jesse & the Dandelions: I would be overjoyed to play in Diamond Mind or with Jom Comyn. I could add some keyboard layers maybe and spice things up with a harmony or two.
Marlaena Moore: Faith Healer, I would play tambourine or triangle just to play in the same band as Jessica Jalbert and Jenni Roberts.
Hood Joplin: Mitchmatic! One of my hometown faves. Incredible musician & performer.
Faith Healer: I’d play in Physical Copies because I heard a rumor that they’re opening for a band I really really love. But honestly there isn’t an Edmonton band doing this festival that I wouldn’t like to play in.
Mitchmatic: Caity Fisher! Cause despite being pals forever we’ve never ever been in the same band.
HELLEN: Cocaine Eyes. They’re great people who make absolutely rowdy tunes.
Preston: Either Feed Dogs or Switches.
Rayleigh: Counterfeit Jeans. That band rehearses at our jam space and let me tell you this – they’re a very, very fun band.
Weird Year: I’ve always wanted to play drums for a hip-hop set, so playing with someone like Hood Joplin would be cool. That or a collaboration with Pyramid//Indigo.
TEETH: Maybe Tuques, not only because I love my friends, but because I love the music they make. OR Feverfew, Mary Wood is a genius.
BR: If you’ve played or attended before, fill in the blanks in this sentence: One time, at Sled Island I/my band _________ and it was _________.
Pigeon Breeders: One time, at Sled Island the three of us saw Godspeed together twice and it was amazing.
Jesse & the Dandelions: One time, at Sled Island I slept in the car because I didn’t have a place to stay and it was terribly uncomfortable, but I packed enough peanut butter sandwiches to last me the week. Frugal!
Doug Hoyer: One time, at Sled Island, I opened for St. Vincent and it was the biggest, most exciting & terrifying show of my life.
Marlaena Moore: One time at Sled, I got really drunk and went skateboarding. I was on the way to Palomino when in the distances I saw all the Coathangers hanging outside of the Palliser. Without thinking, I yelled “COATHANGERS” picked up my skateboard and ran to them and began to gush a perhaps inappropriate amount. I ran into them all several times during the festival and they ended being super cool and nice. It was a lil embarrassing but also really rad.
Hood Joplin: One time, at Sled Island we walked into the artist lounge at the Calgary tower for the first time and they were playing my friend’s song on the PA system! It was very cool.
Switches: One time, at Sled Island my band took Ritalin and it was annoying and then we were tired.
Tropic Harbour: One time at Sled Island I drank a Long Island that was only booze and it was a good time.
Weird Year: I saw Kim Gordon live and it was the most beautiful dissonance.
TEETH: One time at Sled Island my band chummed it up with BIG|BRAVE and it was the best day of our lives.
Pyramid//Indigo: One time at Sled Island we watched children dance (and one scooter) to Drive Like Jehu. It was inspirational.
Unfortunately not all bands had time to respond but amongst the rad Edmonton acts playing Sled, are: Caity Fisher, Cocaine Eyes, Diamond Mind, Everyday Things, Feed Dogs, Jeans, Feverfew, Jom Comyn, Physical Copies, Power-Buddies, Tendencies, tuques, and Wares.
This year’s Sled Island Music & Arts Festival happens throughout Calgary June 22-26. Check out the festival program guide in print and online for all Edmonton artists’ show times.AB, Alberta, Betrayers, Caity Fisher, Cocaine Eyes, Concealer, Diamond Mind, Doug Hoyer, Edmonton bands at Sled Island, Everyday Things, Faith Healer, Feed Dogs, Feverfew, HELLEN, Hood Joplin, Jeans, Jesse and the Dandelions, Jom Comyn, Marlaena Moore, Mitchmatic, N#K, Physical Copies, Pigeon Breeders, Power Buddies, Preston, Pyramid//Indigo, Rayleigh, Sled Island 2016, Switches, TEETH, Tendencies, Tropic Harbour, tuques, Wares, Weird Year