Our debut LP was recorded by Andy Magoffin (Constantines, Great Lake Swimmers, Cuff the Duke) last fall and was independently released Sept 10th in digital and vinyl format. The 9-song debut features a 7-piece band made up of an eclectic group of Toronto musicians and life long friends. The record jangles like the libertines, chugs like classic 70s byrds, and climaxes with instrumentation reminiscent of Toronto legends, Broken Social Scene.
King Cuddy is Brian Cuddy (vocals, rhythm guitar), Kyle Peters (lead guitar, vocals), Jordan Atlas (fiddle, acoustic guitar, vocals), Sam Vipond (bass, vocals), Ara Carson (silky sweet drum beats, vocals), Spencer Gray (banjo, vocals), Brian Moyer (keys, trumpet, vocals).
What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?
Having songs on vinyl has been a lifelong dream of the entire band. It was definitely a learning process but turns out you can do it without a record label! There is something so incredibly romantic about holding a physical copy of music by a band you love and pouring over art and details. We were somehow able to persuade Peter Thomas Ryan (peterthomasryan.com, Time Magazine, The Walrus, Village Voice) to work with us. He’s an internationally-renowned Toronto-based illustrator/teacher and I’ve been a huge fan of his stuff for many years – his work is so incredibly intelligent and impactful. We got to see first-hand how much passion and thought he puts into each piece. We couldn’t be happier with the image that represents our debut and lives in the physical form – Thanks Pete!
What are you currently working on?
We are currently holed up trying to get our feelings out and onto our second LP at our headquarters/rehearsal space/clubhouse/garage, which our bass thumper Sam built from the ground up with his crafty bear hands.
How’d you get started as an artist?
This project began as most all things in life do – bedroom demos. Our lead guitarist, Kyle Peters (Father Christmas) and keys/trumpet extraordinaire, Brian Moyer were quite instrumental in helping bring the demos to life as a 7-piece band. We spent a lot of time above an auto body shop at Dupont and Dufferin working out the kinks.
Who or what influences your art?
Toronto is bursting with artistic energy right now. Our community of musicians, makers, do-ers, designers and artists is what inspires us to create. We look up to those who have achieved longevity alongside artistic integrity. You’ve Changed Records is one example that springs to mind – but there are no shortage of examples. We hope to create something similar ourselves someday.
What is your creative process like?
It’s like trying to catch a bird with a lasso and sometimes that bird is a pigeon…
How do you feel our Art + Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?
Any platform that gives emerging artists a voice in a world of social clutter is important. Brewing is also a creative process in itself and of course a big part of inspiring and enabling the arts community. It’s important to us that artists (as well as brands) use their voice to inspire positive change – especially in our current political climate. The Art + Brewing platform has the opportunity to be a big facilitator in that.
LP Art by: peterthomasryan.com