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DEVOURS: Delightfully Dark Dance Music

Earlier this week, I was listening to the CBC while driving and someone (sorry because I can’t remember her name) started playing snippets of different DEVOURS songs. I immediately loved them! I’m terrible at looking for music, but I’m always desperate to find music that makes me want to dance or exercise. Within a few seconds of listening to his music, I could tell that DEVOURS fit the bill!

The CBC announcer said Devours was a Vancouver musician, so, out of curiosity, I googled whether or not Devours was going to be playing any shows in Vancouver. Lo-and-behold, I found out he was playing the China Cloud on Main on August 24th. I purchased tickets for my partner and myself. We had so much fun at the show! Devours (a.k.a. Jeff Cancade, who originates from Nanaimo) is also playing a show tonight, August 25th, as part of the Hexistential Festival on the Red Gate Revue Stage (CLICK HERE for more info about the festival).

What do you love about Vancouver?

DEVOURS: “I have a list of things that I love: the first, food wise, favourite restaurant is a place called Kinemi’s Kitchen. It’s in Champlain Heights. It fuses Asian with Italian cuisine, really interesting meals. I love it. This is a sort of a boring answer, but I also love that the Skytrain goes right to the airport. I’ve been to a few other cities, and this is like amazing in Vancouver. And then the other thing maybe just is the size of the city, it isn’t so big that it’s overwhelming, but it has everything you’d want in a city: lots of diversity, a cool arts scene, it has the downtown, it has neighbourhoods that feel kind of cozy. I don’t know it kind of has a bit of everything, so I think it’s a nice city. Is that a boring answer?”

No, I don’t think that’s a boring answer! I avoid spending money on cabs at all costs, so being able to take the Skytrain directly to and from the airport does make this city extra special.

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?

DEVOURS: “Ooh yeah, definitely feel like an outsider in Vancouver still…not so much, but a few years ago, before I started performing live here…I wanted to play music in Vancouver and music, like genre-wise, there wasn’t a lot happening here that sounded similar to my music, and so I felt like an outsider. I also am a little bit older than some of the people starting out in the scene here, so I felt a little bit awkward about that at first. Also at the time I didn’t know other gay musicians in the scene here, and so I wasn’t sure if my voice would be heard, or if there was a place for me here. All of those things combined made me feel pretty hopeless that I wouldn’t be able to find my place in Vancouver, but I think that what helped get me through it was getting involved and that is ultimately what it is.

There are a lot of people in this city that also feel like outsiders, I think. It’s not the easiest city to break into, but there is a lot of amazing stuff here and a lot of amazing people. I joined a choir actually, an East Van choir. I joined something called Shindig, which is like a battle of the bands. I just got involved and really was outgoing and forced myself to go to stuff and go to shows. I think that that’s what it takes I guess is just like exposing yourself to stuff and realizing that everyone feels a little bit weird, but that everyone wants to be friends and make friends.”

I am really going to focus on taking that last line of Devours answer to heart! It is so easy for me–as someone who gravitates towards spending time alone and because I have a lot of anxiety when I am around other people–to reinforce my self-perceived outsider status. Devours words reminded me that I will never be able to break out of feeling like an outsider until I open myself up more and realize that I am not alone. Next time I feel like a freak, I’ll remind myself that “everyone feels a little bit weird”-Devours. Well put!

Here’s a link to DEVOURS Bandcamp page: CLICK HERE. 

I just bought Devours 2016 album Late Bloomer from Bandcamp. Hopefully, I’ll use his music as motivation to get outside for a workout in the rain today!

METRONOMY Lead Singer JOSEPH MOUNT’s INTERVIEW: Teen Angst, Smashing Pumpkins, and Stanley Park.

METRONOMY'S lead singer JOSEPH MOUNT and I.

METRONOMY’S lead singer JOSEPH MOUNT and I.

I saw METRONOMY perform at the Imperial in Vancouver on October 26th, 2014. The band were a cohesive unit in their coordinating white outfits and they had a fantastic retro set. METRONOMY was impressive, fun, and everything I hoped they would be live!

Their press person never got back to me about an interview, so after the show I waited outside in front of their tour bus for over an hour at Main and Hastings, which is not an ideal area. Finally lead singer JOSEPH MOUNT came out and gave me an interview that far exceeded my expectations (he could have had an attitude or not felt like talking after their active show).

METRONOMY consists of lead singer/guitarist/keyboardist JOSEPH MOUNT, saxophonist/guitarist/keyboardist/back-up vocalist OSCAR CASH (who is also Mount’s cousin), bassist/back-up vocalist GBENGA ADELEKAN, and drummer/back-up vocalist ANNA PRIOR.

METRONOMY at the IMPERIAL in Vancouver October 26th, 2014.

METRONOMY at the IMPERIAL in Vancouver October 26th, 2014.

METRONOMY performing THE UPSETTER off of their album LOVE LETTERS at the Imperial.

METRONOMY was started by JOSEPH MOUNT in Devon, England in 1999. While one of the original band members left the band, and there have been additions along the way, there have been 4 albums released under the name METRONOMY:

  • Love Letters (2014)
  • The English Riviera (2011)
  • Nights Out (2008)
  • Pip Paine (Pay The 5000 Pounds You Owe) (2006)
Oscar Cash is Joseph Mount's cousin and fellow band member.

Oscar Cash is Joseph Mount’s cousin and fellow band member at the Imperial on Main and Hastings.

METRONOMY are impeccable live!

METRONOMY are impeccable live!