For a while we at Grayowl Point were kicking around the idea of starting a questionnaire, a set of fifteen questions that we would ask every artist we choose as Parliament’s Choice.
We Are The City (David Menzel, Cayne McKenzie and Andrew Huculiak) were gracious enough to answer our set of fifteen questions. Check out their answers below:
1) Where’d you get your name?
Originally, we were called “The City.” The name was taken from a bible verse which can be found in the book of Mark. The verse says “A city on a hill can not be hidden.” Andrew and David had heard a sermon on this verse in a church service during the time when we were name searching. Unfortunately, there happen to be exactly 1000 other artists on Myspace that go by the name, so when it came time for us to record and trademark a name, it was clear we needed one with at least a hint of originality. We added the “We Are” to the name to make sure that our roots were kept but to also change it enough.
2) When did you start making music seriously?
David and I (Cayne) began “jamming” when we were about 14. Whether or not it was very serious, I’m not too sure. At that point David played bass, I was on guitar and our music was a dreadful mix of U2 and the christian rap/rock group P.O.D. Lets just say that we have definitely progressed in the last 6 years. When Andrew joined the band we started writing music that holds more resemblance to our current songs. He was the key to seriousness, I suppose.
3) What are you listening to right now?
We are listening to a lot of Canadian music. Tegan and Sara, Mother Mother, Yukon Blonde, Said The Whale, The Zolas, Aidan Knight, Alphababy, Broken Social Scene and all sorts of other bands that we look up to. Pheonix is another band that everyone seems to be grabbing ahold of lately. There are of course classics that reoccur on the Land Cruiser stereo as well. Bands like Radiohead, Coldplay, Norah Jones, mewithoutYou, and Mew.
4) What are some of your musical guilty pleasures?
Andrew: Backstreet Boys
Cayne: Diana Krall
5) Describe your music in one sentence.
Progressive indie rock with experiments.
6) Where do you see yourself in six months?
Hopefully, in 6 months, we will still be able to play for people. (Not to say that there is any sort of eminent doom heading our way…) We all feel very privileged to have people listen to us while we’re up there, “givin’ it.” If we could have it our way, we would just be able to continue with the way things are, and if something else comes up, we’ll accept it with open arms.
7) What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of the band’s career so far I think are the relationships that we’ve built. We’ve had the honour of becoming friends with some really amazing people. Being like family is such an important part of our career and we’re always looking for someone new to add in there.
8 ) What is the most unusual compliment/insult you’ve received as a musician?
I think that the most unusual comment is one that has just happened. We were playing in a city that I probably shouldn’t give the name of, at a venue that should also remain disclosed. The promoter was at the show and after we played and were packing up she went up to Andy with this to say: “You know, ******* is a funny town. We usually do pretty well at shows, but tonight was a weird one. There were a lot of people here but I don’t know if any of them liked it.”
9) If you could go on tour with any band, disbanded or together, who would you tour with?
Lately, we have been talking a lot about how sweet it would be to tour with Tegan and Sara. We have a similar demographic and we really admire their live show along with their music. An added plus is that they share our Canadian roots! Also they seem like great people, which is a total plus.
10) If you could be on the soundtrack for any TV show or movie, which one would you choose?
Cayne: The Matrix
David: The Majestic
Andy: The Star Wars Trilogy (prequels only, of course)
11) What do you do for fun?
We all have different things in our holsters of fun things to do.
Cayne really likes thrift stores. He could look at junk for the rest of his life and be nothing but content. David, who has the coolest of hobbies, bought a motorcycle in the summer and fixed it up. He was running that thing all over town. Andy loves movies. He has a collection that would match the best of DVD collectors, and he could watch movies all day, every day, for the rest of his days. We also always have a Zelda: Ocarina Of Time marathon every Christmas.
12) If you weren’t doing music what would you do?
We would be living far less exciting lives. Cayne and Andrew would be working at their high school job, which was at a World Vision call center and David would be laying vinyl on decks.
13) What do you think will be a major trend in the near future?
One piece bathing suits for girls, and jean shorts for guys. I hope. If we’re talking about music then I hope a trend in the near future is heavy, dirty, grungy, progressive guitar lines. In every song post 2010.
14) What current trend do you think needs to stop?
Maybe speeding? Or killing?
15) What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this survey?
Editing a bunch of stock tour footage together or continuing my search for the rarest SNES game: EVO Search for Eden.