The legendary American indierock group of Montreal join FROST with the catchy songs from their new album “Lousy With Sylvianbriar”. We talked with lead singer Kevin Barnes about the inspiration for the new album and the band’s flamboyant live setup.
What defines a great concert experience for you?
It’s a combination of a great and enthusiastic audience and a powerful performance. State of mind plays a big part as well.
This is the first time where your Danish audience can experience the songs from your new album. So how wold you characterise ‘Lousy With Sylvianbriar’?
It’s was recorded pretty quickly on an analog tape machine in my home studio and the songs we’re recorded live with my new band. It was a great experience and we all feel very emotionally invested in the album. It’s influenced by Dylan and Grateful Dead and Graham Parsons and Leonard Cohen and the poetry of Sylvia Plath.
How much has you relocating to San Francisco influenced the sound on the album? It has a sort of easygoing 70’s vibe going on, I think.
I was very inspired by the sort of outlaw folk/country/rock music of the late 60’s/early 70’s and a lot of the classic bands from that time lived in San Francisco. It was a bit of a pilgrimage for me to go there and to wander around the city and fantasize about life back then.
Are you doing anything different on this tour compared to your earlier, quite flamboyant setup? Have you got any new tricks up your sleeve you want to reveal?
It’s definitely gonna be a very uplifting and interesting experience for people. We’re traveling with a video artist that will be working the projections and the band is sounding really good. We’ll be playing songs from the last 7 or 8 albums and I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun.
You’ve played in Denmark quite a few times, do you have any special memories from your earlier Danish concerts you want to share?
We always have a great time in Denmark, some of the Copenhagen shows of the past are among my favorite shows I’ve done. It’s always fun to hang out with people after the show and run around the city together.
FROST is known for producing concerts on alternative locations. What’s your wildest experience in terms of playing at alternative venues?
The most interesting place we’ve played is probably in the courtyard of Castle Buono in Sicily. That felt like playing inside of a Fellini film.