Every edition of this season’s Long Winter, the first 350 guests through the doors at The Great Hall will receive a free split seven-inch from Scion Sessions, each side featuring a song from one of the night’s featured artists. To compliment the releases, we’ll issue a seven-part questionnaire to each of the artists involved, giving the subjects an inch (about 85 words) of space to answer each of our questions.
The January instalment of the Scion Sessions Split 7” Series features a track each from Isla Craig and Weaves. In this questionnaire with Weaves vocalist Jasmyn Burke, the singer glances back at her past as a Santa Claus parade ornament and offers her band’s music up to new ears as a source of a solid morning soundtrack. Read the full questionnaire below.
Long Winter: Who are you and how did Weaves come to be?
Jasmyn Burke: We are humans: Jasmyn, Morgan, Spencer and Zach. We came to be much like a fresh toupee. I was prancing on top skulls and then Morgan found me on the sidewalk and coddled that false impression.
LW: How about “Crumble” – what inspired that?
LW: For lots of listeners, this will be their first point of access to Weaves. Where does this song fit into the rest of your catalog?
JB: If you like Weaves so far… you might like “Crumble.” People have really only heard three singles, which isn’t a lot but we hope to approach music in a way that’s continual – releasing new ideas whenever possible. This song is grimy and particular and pop.
LW: Once they’re turned on to this, what releases (songs, EPs, albums, or otherwise) should people pursue as logical next steps to getting to know your music?
JB: Woah my morning alarm went off as soon as I read this question. I think people should wake up relatively early, let’s say 9:45 a.m. I think that’s the best time to experience our music. When the breathing is fresh and the sun’s poking in and you still have to brush your teeth.
LW: When you think of winter, what’s a memory that stands out for you?
JB: I was an ornament in the Santa Claus Parade one year. Had a giant gold headpiece lined with poinsettias around my head and my mom let me wear bright red lipstick. I felt so bad-ass on the float. Weaves, 1996?
LW: How do you survive winters in Toronto?
JB: So many stews.
LW: What are you most looking forward to for the January edition of Long Winter?
JB: I have never played The Great Hall so I’m excited about playing a different venue. And also its 2014! I feel like I will continually want to persuade all audiences that we are ostensibly living in “future times” from now on.
Interview by Tom Beedham