Saturday, September 29th, 2007
Pop Preview – The Airfields
Welcome to part the third of my Bleating Heart Shows previews for Pop Montreal next week. Already haven taken their turns on the hot seat were Danielle Duval and My Dad Vs Yours. Today we talk to David Lush of The Airfields and we’ll wrap up tomorrow with The Brother Kite.
1) Inspect your official Pop Montreal bio below and respond. How accurately do you think they capture the essence of your band?
The Airfields somehow manage to simultaneously sound like Fleetwood Mac and Belle and Sebastian without coming off as completely schizophrenic. This five-piece’s self-described “forlorn pop music” grounds atmospheric riffs and multidimensional vocals in rock beats that seem specifically designed for hipster head bobbing – definitely a show not to be missed.
Fleetwood Mac? Okay, maybe we borrowed the ending bit from “the Chain”, but we don’t use nearly enough drugs and there have been no divorces in our band (yet). I would love to fill a room with hipster-looking bobble head dolls as our audience for the show. They look more friendly than real humans.
2) Given the same approximate amount of space to write your own bio, what would it be?
We are drowning in the labour-based music economy of this brave new digital era. Be a revolutionary and come to our rescue. Come to the show, buy our new 3-song e.p. and everything else we have to sell you (pretty please). We’ll have a new album later this autumn and you should buy that too. For better or for worse, it sounds nothing like Belle & Sebastian. Our van broke down last night and we need all of your money. (ed note – you can stream a couple of the songs from the EP on their MySpace right now)
3) Besides playing the best showcase of the festival, what else do you plan to do with your time in Montreal?
Probably checking out Film Pop. Our friend Vitalyi Bulychev made a video for a song of ours called “Red Fox” and, incredibly, that will be showcased at Film Pop! I’d be a really inconsiderate friend if I didn’t show up. I’d also be out of a place to stay whilst in Montreal.
4) Why should festival-goers come see your show over all others going on at the same time?
It’s too confusing to think about all of the other shows. Just come to ours and spare yourself the trouble of trying to drunkenly navigate the Metro in a desperate search for Pere Ubu.
The Airfields play on October 4 at 10PM at
the Green Room (5390 St-Laurent) le Gymanse (4177 rue St-Denis), admission is $8 at the door or free with a Pop Montreal bracelet.