The Elwins first hit the scene in 2012 with their debut album ‘I Thank You’, with their distinct sunny sounds cementing a steady and growing fanbase that resulted in a European tour and second album ‘Play For Keeps’. It takes serious talent to do a cover version of Adele’s ‘Hello’ that doesn’t make the listener want to wail along while crying into their cat.
The band took some time out of their busy schedule to chat to us about touring the UK and the Canadian music scene.
How did The Elwins begin?
Matthew and Travis started the band as a duo back in high school after bonding over The Flaming Lips.
The Elwins sound is a mixture of electronica/indie/pop. Do you associate yourselves with a particular genre?
We love trying out different things and experimenting with different genres so it’s kind of tough to say. In general though we say it’s like Pop/Rock OR Rock/Pop
Who are your main musical influences?
We have a whole bunch! We all really like The Strokes, The Flaming Lips, The Beach Boys.
In your opinion, what was the best decade for music?
Hmm, I might have to wait to get back to you on this one just in case the best decade for music has yet to come. Is there an email I can reach you at?
How would you describe Canada’s music scene? Which Canadian artists would you recommend?
The music scene is really great, there is a real sense of community. So many great Canadian artists! Some of our favourites are John Southworth, Sloan, Born Ruffians, Dr.Ew, Hollerado and Tokyo Police Club!
You have just broken out of Canada, how has the UK/European reception been to ‘Play For Keeps’?
It’s been really cool! Its always crazy to come play in a different country and see people sing along with us. We have only played in the UK once since we released PFK so we are stoked that we have a couple shows there at the end of this trip!
Tell us about your UK/ European Tour.
It’s feeling really great! It’s our first tour of the year. We are revisiting some places we’ve played before and also playing some new places as well, so it feels like a good mix. Our buddy Clay is on the road with us which has been awesome. Also we are playing some songs we haven’t really played live before which has been exciting!
‘Play For Keeps’ is a great album, but what is its underlining message?
Great question! It kind of runs the gamut emotionally. There are some songs about infatuation and romance then on the other end of the spectrum there are songs with more of a bite to them.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
We’ve been listening to the BØRNS record lately. When we are on tour we listen to Dawes a lot, very good driving music!
And what’s next for 2016?
We are going to be writing/recording a new record and playing some festivals in Canada!
The Elwins will be at Old Blue Last in London on February 22.