Victoria, BC-based band The Projectors have recently released their debut self-titled full-length album, featuring the new single “Golden Age”. We caught up with the band to chat about the new music, Canadian bands they’re listening to these days, and memorable live shows.

From The Strait: Tell us about the new single, “Golden Age”.

The Projectors: “Golden Age” is one of the first songs I wrote for this project. I was trying to capture some of the experiences and frustrations of dating and relationships during this modern era of dating apps and technology etc. The first line kind of sums it up: “And it’s okay that you don’t write me back – it’s only been forever. It’s the golden age of indifference.”

FTS: You’ve just released your debut  self-titled LP – what was the creative and recording process, and how does it feel now that it’s out in the world?

The Projectors: I started writing the first batch of songs back in 2020 and quickly realized they didn’t really fit in with the material I was playing with my other bands at the time.  I feel like it was also the first time where I didn’t try and hide or obscure what my influences were/are for this project (e.g., The Strokes, The Walkmen). It’s really freeing in a way, and it makes it a lot easier to describe what you sound like when someone asks! I had put together a band just prior to the pandemic, and the recording took place during the following few months in sporadic sessions between lockdowns and illness. It feels GREAT to finally get the version of this album out there that sounds the way it should, with artwork by our friend and local artist, Sandy Rumbold. We’re ready to record the next album in the fall so hopefully it comes out a little sooner than the last one!

FTS: What are some Canadian bands you’ve been listening to lately?

The Projectors: I’ve been a big fan of Daniel Romano since I first worked with him in 2012 – we just opened for his Outfit and The Dirty Nil which was an amazing show. Some other Canadian bands/artists I’ve been listening to a lot of lately are Kacy & Clayton, Faith Healer, and Home Front from Edmonton.

FTS: All artists (save for the exceptionally lucky ones) experience writer’s block from time to time. How do you battle through a block when songwriting?

The Projectors: I envy those who have the discipline to actively work through it, but I typically just wait for the spark/inspiration to come. I’ve been writing songs for over 20 years and it sure doesn’t come like it used to. I generally still write and record a full demo of a song in one sitting/evening, but in more recent years, out of necessity, I’ve had to learn how to revisit old ideas and unfinished songs, be it an idea from years ago or the previous day, and build a song that way.

FTS: What was the coolest (and/or weirdest) live show you’ve ever played?

The Projectors: I did a couple European tours with The Isotopes back in 2016/2017 and we played a lot of cool and/or weird shows! One day we’d be playing a WWII bunker in Germany and the next it’d be a punk squat/commune in France or Italy. It may be due to the generous European hospitality (i.e., free and unlimited beer) but I can’t think of a specific example suitable for publication right at the moment.


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