Nova Scotia alt-punk two-piece Eat Lead Tracy have just released the latest single, “Younger, Cooler, Hotter” from their recent debut album, Revana. We caught up with the duo to chat about the song, where the band name came from, and playing shows in pizzerias (which is something we at FTS want to see more of!).
From The Strait: Tell us about the new single, “Younger, Cooler, Hotter”.
Eat Lead Tracy: “Younger Cooler Hotter” is about getting older; that feeling of suddenly being aware that maybe you’ve moved past the prime of your life. It’s specifically about aging as a musician, but I think just about anybody over the age of 30 knows this feeling.
From The Strait: How did Eat Lead Tracy become a band, and where did the name come from?
Eat Lead Tracy: We became a band because we were writing music for a podcast. The podcast we ultimately gave up on, but we decided to write more songs together. There are just two of us – bass and drums – and let me tell you, being in band with two people is just SO much easier than a band with more members. The name is stolen from the opening sequence of the 1990 movie “Dick Tracy”. One of the bad guys, Flat Top, leaves the subtle message “Eat Lead Tracy” by shooting the words into a brick wall with a Tommy gun. I watched it on acid once, and decided then and there I would steal the name for a band.
From The Strait: What’s the music scene like in Nova Scotia, and are there any local bands our readers should check out?
Eat Lead Tracy: Nova Scotia is swimming with talent, it’s crazy. Although I would say we have a bit of a “brain drain” thing going on, as a lot of young musicians strike out from NS when they are young to cut their teeth in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver etc (the members of this band included). We’re known for having great celtic music, good fiddles and all that but we also have really amazing hiphop, psychrock, reggae, jazz, pop, EDM, hardcore…whatever you like, we have artists doing it well at a very high level. Check out some of our friends in Awolk, Verry Gerry, Leaf Green, Shadowfolk.
From The Strait: Who were your musical influences growing up, and how do they differ from your current ones?
Eat Lead Tracy: Chris is a trained jazz drummer, but always says the only music he can listen to all day long is reggae. I love hiphop, but also listen to a lot of hardcore, and metal. We both grew up listening to a lot of 90s rock and hiphop…but also stuff like Toto, Sting, Phil Collins. I dunno. We’re music nerds.
From The Strait: If you could play any music venue anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Eat Lead Tracy: We have exclusively played pizzerias, and that’s not a joke. Pizza places are so much fun to play. People walk in to pick up their pie while we’re ripping through a song called “skate or die”, and the looks on customer’s faces is priceless. Even our album “Revana” is named after our favorite hometown pizza spot. So I guess if we could play anywhere, it would have to be like…a pizza concession stand inside Madison Square Garden or something. And you know what? I feel like that is a pretty realistic dream.
Check out “Younger, Cooler, Hotter” by Eat Lead Tracy!