Australia’s Vance Joy has come to Calgary quite a few times in his short career. But his biggest show in our city yet will be Labour Day Long Weekend at X-Fest. And this success honestly could not be happening to a nicer guy. I’ve watched Vance on stage, and have interviewed him, and he is as nice, genuine, and romantic as he comes across in his songs. Just a guy who wanted to write songs instead of being a lawyer, or a soccer player. Although Vance Joy had what seemed like overnight-success with ‘Riptide’ blowing up, he has been playing guitar since he was a kid (first learning covers of Metallica if you can believe it) and writing fragments of songs. Those bits and pieces of tracks are what made up his massive hit ‘Riptide’. With references to Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman, and the “Movie I think you’ll like” refers to Midnight Cowboy. Throughout his lyrics there are a lot of movie references, and allusions from books, and even lines from his mother. Like ‘Mess Is Mine’, his followup to ‘Riptide’, the main lyric from the chorus is taken from his mother. I’m sure she gets a royalty check though, right?
Wintersleep, the title of which comes from the German word for ‘Hibernate’, have had quite a big comeback in 2016. The band split with their manager, and took themselves away from the world of music for a while to take some time to write, and just, live. Hence the name ‘The Great Detachment” – Everything for them felt a little disconnected when returning to the studio, but that was probably the best thing for them. This is probably their strongest album to date (Although you can debate that with Beckler who is a massive Wintersleep fan) but it’s at least their most commercially successful record with ‘Amerika’ exploding. A song inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem ‘America’ about the American Dream, and his love of the country, but Paul Murphy went with the idea of what the forefathers may think of the country as it is now. And what that America may be, even to Walt Whitman. In fact, Paul Murphy, gets a lot of inspiration from books. His brother sends him pieces of literature he feels Paul will enjoy while on the road. And with a lot of driving in between cities, you got a lot of time.
One of the things I always love is looking at the track in which an album name comes from. Why that name? Why that song? Why is this encompassing the album’s spirit? (Pun partially intended here)