Reciente directo de Greatl Lake Swimmers en St. Matthew´s Church, 22-Octubre-2010
Debe ser que tenía ganas de volver a hablar de ellos y no sabía muy bien cómo hacerlo. Puede que por ello o porque me he encontrado con una entrevista de uno de mis grupos folk preferidos, Great Lake Swimmers.
La entrevista fue recogida por el medio Q&A para los Polaris Prize del año pasado en la que los canadienses fueron galardonados. En ella, Tony Dekker, habla sobre las influencias del grupo y cómo nació «Lost Channels», su anterior album y quizá, el mejor del nuevo folk norteamericano de los últimos tiempos.
Antes o mientras lees la entrevista, deberías escucharles un poco (Os dejo un pequeño reproductor a continuación). Si alguno tenéis la oportunidad de verles alguna vez, os recomiendo encarecidamente que prestéis tención a la brillante «Pulling On a Line», una canción de una simetría y naturalidad absolutamente genial. Aún recuerdo su paso hace casi un año por la sala madrileña Moby Dick…

Responde Tony Dekker, frontman de Great Lake Swimmers…

Where was the nominated album recorded? How long were you in the studio?
The album was primarily recorded in the Thousand Islands region of Ontario and New York, including locations such as a church (St. Brendan the Navigator) and a castle (Singer Castle on Dark Island). It was mixed by Andy Magoffin at the House of Miracles in London, Ontario. The whole process took about 4 to 5 weeks.
What’s your best memory about recording this album?
Exploring the beautiful Thousand Islands region and learning more about the history of island life and life on the St. Lawrence River.
Which is the album’s stand-out song and why?
One of the standout songs for me is “Pulling On A Line” which I think is because of the creative chemistry of the band members.
When did music become your ‘life’?
I was laid off from a job at a film company in late 2004 and took the plunge into music as a full time career after that. Haven’t looked back since.
Who named the band and why?
Me (Tony). It was originally the title of a song, which appears on the first, self-titled record (it’s the final track).
When was the current line-up created?
It’s been a rotating cast of characters since the band’s birth in 2003, but the current lineup has been touring together for the last couple of years. Erik has been with the group the longest.
What was your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Forgetting lyrics.
Who’s the funny one?
Who’s the serious one?
Who’s the tyrant?
Favourite song of all time?
“The Lakes of Canada” by the Innocence Mission.
Favourite band of all time?
The Band.
Favourite singer of all time?
Joni Mitchell.
What band would you love to share a bill with?
Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
What career other than music would be ‘you’?
What is your most treasured piece of your memorabilia – and why?
Eagle feathers found on Wolfe Island, after a magical show in Kingston, Ontario at the Grad Club.
What is something fans don’t know about you?
I am an excellent swimmer.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Disappearing into the wilderness.
What was your first concert?
My high school band played at the talent show. That was one of my first performances.
What was your favourite concert?
Opening for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto.
How old were you when you started playing music?

Who was your first music teacher? At what school did she/he teach?

I’ve never taken a single music lesson – I’m self-taught.
What instrument did you play in the school band?
I played guitar and wrote songs with friends, but not in the school band.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
Leonard Cohen, because he has approached a monumental state of grace in his writing and music. He is a guiding light.
What five bands are you listening to now?
Timber Timbre, Wooden Birds, Sharon Van Etten, Sunbear, Roky Erickson.
Do you think you can dance?
Puede que ahora algunos empiecen a sospechar que en Canadá hay más cosas interesantes a parte de la policia montada, la nieve y los pesados de Arcade Fire… (By JRGE)