* Featuring interviews with Vancouver musician Joseph Hirabayashi and Canadian ex-pat Ocean Leaves *
It’s time to explore songs from seminal Canadian bands, and what better way to do so than by spinning the new compilation of the book ‘Have Not Been The Same: The Canrock Renaissance 1985-1995’. We start with Vancouver band Slow who are underground legends who it is believed inspired bands that emerged from the Seattle grunge scene. More history to come in future weeks…!
Joseph Hirabayashi is a highly respected multi-instrumentalist, music teacher member of Vancouver bands Aunts & Uncles and SPRING (formerly SSRIs). We speak to Joseph on the phone today about is rock operetta contribution to this weekend’s musical event Spatial Poetics XII: Release Me – an evening of experimental and collaborative performances by an eclectic line-up of Asian Canadian artists.
The Australian part of the show begins with tracks from Brisbane band The Bloodpoets before our second interview, this time with Timothy Poitras, a singer-songwriter who operates in Australia under the name Ocean Leaves. Timothy grew up in Ontario and relocated to Queensland four years ago, before marrying and finally settling down in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Timothy reveals his musical and cross-oceanic journey today and we air tracks from his debut EP ‘Always Is The Time To Make Everything’. With such strong Australian/Canadian connections, Ocean Leaves seems born for ‘Stranded’!
Slow – ‘Have not Been The Same’ [CA]
NOMEANSNO – ‘Dad’ [CA]
The Pursuit of Happiness – ‘Wake Up and Smell The Candy’ [CA]
Sloan – ‘Lucky For Me’ [CA]
Aunts & Uncles – ‘End To The Cause’ [CA]
Interview with Joseph Hirabayashi Pt 1
SSRIS – ‘Weathered Floor’ [CA]
SSRIS – ‘Certain Set Configuration’ [CA]
Interview with Joseph Hirabayashi Pt 2
The Bloodpoets – ‘Sunny Day’
The Bloodpoets – ‘War’
The Bloodpoets – ‘Ra Ra RA RA Riot [AU]
Ocean Leaves – ‘The Ocean’ [AU/CA]
Interview with Ocean Leaves Pt 1
Ocean Leaves – ‘Skin’ [AU/CA]
Interview with Ocean Leaves Pt 2
Ocean Leaves – ‘Water’ [AU/CA]
Interview with Ocean Leaves Pt 3
Featured video: Slow – ‘Have not Been The Same’ (1986)