In The Know...11 Questions w/ The City Streets

>> Sunday, 20 June 2010

Photo Credit: Genevieve Lui, The Take Media

Montreal-via-Edmonton’s The City Streets are tireless road warriors. The rising trio have visited almost every province and every state in Canada and the US, even dropping down to Juarez, Mexico for a gig. They’ve rocked big time festivals like NXNE, SXSW, Pop Montreal, and Halifax Pop Explosion without showing any signs of slowing down.

With a brand new record under the belts, The Jazz Age, The City Streets are on the road again, a shorterish tour (by their standards, I suspect) which brings them to the Cavern on June 25th. And The Jazz Age is earning some rave reviews. VUE weekly called their sonic stylings, “a tight mix of the hard social message of the Clash and the twang of Wilco.” while NOW Magazine mirrored the Clash comparison, explaining how they are "Some Clash, some early Costello, a bottle of whiskey and you've got some idea where these hearts-on-their-sleeves, punk prairie boys are coming from."

If you’re interested in winning a copy of The Jazz Age, shoot me an email (on the right) by Friday, June 25th @ 4 p.m. CST with “The City Streets CD Giveaway” in the subject line and your name in the email’s body.  I’ll draw the winner shortly thereafter and mail out the disc post-haste!

I recently cornered The City Streets frontman/guitarist Rick Reid and asked him 11 questions. Here’s what he had to say.

1.  Where are you right now?
In between Regina and Saskatoon

Let’s talk music…

2. What are some albums that completely changed your life?
‘Tim’ by The Replacements, ‘The Aeroplane Over the Sea’ by Neutral Milk Hotel, and ‘Behind the Dumpster’ by Half Cut

3. What was the most memorable show you’ve played so far? 
New Years Eve going into 2009 at Teddy's in Edmonton featuring a two hour set, guest musicians, a cover of Fairy Tale in New York, a case of champagne, and a box of tambourines for a sold out crowd.

4. Of the albums you own, which has the best cover art?

‘Ship Arriving too Late to Save a Drowning Witch’ by Frank Zappa

5. What is your favourite music video?
'Glosili' by Sigur Ros

6. Who is one producer, alive or dead, you’d just love to work with?
Brian Eno and Nigel Godrich

And some hodgepodge…

7. What TV shows are you currently following?
Tremé and Mad Men

8. What was the last great book you’ve read?

The Recognitions by William Gaddis

9. Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart?
Jon Stewart

10. What is your current ringtone?
Pacific Sunset

11. And finally, would you rather have the ability to fly or to turn invisible?


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