By Caleb Oldham
When I first heard the Jennifers two months ago I freaked out. So much so that, after listening to every song they had put up on Soundcloud, I felt compelled to send them a message telling them I was freaking out. Before writing this article I couldn't really tell you exactly what made them so GOOD-the energy, the tone on the guitars, the exhilarating feeling that you've stumbled upon the next saviors of sound, but none of this really captures the essence of what hit me so strongly that faithful night.
The quartet from Halifax, Canada label their music "Garage Truth" and I think Truth is the keyword here, because it is the Jennifers' "authenticity" that makes them such an amazing band. Authenticity is a pretty vapid word these days but listen to the way the singer draws out his vowels like Bob Dylan's having a stroke on the chorus of "She Left With All The Jazz", the riff that stutters and stumbles before smoothing into a stream that carries you away with it in "Drum Jam", the slap of the face you get at the beginning of their cover of The Beatle's "Don't Let Me Down" (They do a better Beatles than The Flaming Lips recent) and you might hear it.
I sent the Jennifers some questions and here is the result:
So, I guess first off if you could tell me a little bit about yourselves and the band history?
Well, first things first we met in Halifax, though some mutual friends - Stephen and Will (guitars) were already writing stuff and had a bunch of tracks ready to go, then Cian and Ian slid right on in and it all started from there.
You label your music as "garage truth", I can definitely see the "garage" but where does the "truth" come in?
The garage truth label came from Stephen's soundcloud tracks, and we just decided that was the best way to describe what we were doing at the time.
What is the songwriting process like for you guys? What do you think differentiates SteezyP's (Stephen) solo work from The Jennifers?
Typically when a song is written, it usually stems from a lick that one of us comes up with either on our own time, or out of nowhere in a jam. Lyrics generally come after when the mood's right. Stephen's solo stuff is essentially 100% written by him, and the tracks are then recorded sometimes with a few friends, but typically it's all done by him.
What are some other Halifax bands we should listen to?
Some good Halifax based bands we listen to are Harley Alexander, Weird Moon, U2, The Everywheres, and Cold Warps - we're missing a bunch - there's a ton of buzz in the scene right now, not that we were in it though.
Do the Jennifers have any groupies?
We have Noah, and John Thomas, as our mains, and we got a few brothers and sisters out there in Dal and Kings.
Are you guys going to be putting out any new material soon?
Right now, we're in a bit of hiatus status, because half of the band moved to Toronto, and the other half are still in school back in Halifax, so yeah, nothing from the Jennifers as of now, not until we're all back together.
Do you guys have a motto that you live by?
Not really, Ciano has a lil' thing calle "popology", but we won't get into that.
Any plans for this year yet?
Stephen's working on his solo project, along with a new band he made with the bass player Ian, and a friend kristjan. Ian's got some stuff in the works, mostly ambient echo-y stuff, but he says he doesn't really see it going anywhere. Will and Ciano always got something going on, but Will's learning the ways of Math, and Cian's writing various screenplays.
Hopefully before the start of next year's school - most likely next summer - we'll have a few more shows under our belt, and possibly an EP, but who knows.