The CMW Questionnaire: Dead Broke


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As Canadian Music Week (CMW) takes over Toronto this week, we catch up with a number of the festival performers. Here is Mike Bright and Rachel Bright of garage punk outfit Dead Broke participating in the CMW questionnaire. Click here to find out when they are playing.

RY: An event like Canadian Music Week for my band is all about…

Rachel: “Soak up all the bands and meet new peeps. It’s cool to have so many bands in one place coming from all parts of the world.

Mike: “I’ll be spending my CMW in the low lit Dead Broke office awaiting our set at Comfort Zone.”

RY: When someone in the audience sees your band for the first time, what do you hope their reaction will be?

Rachel: A good firm handshake.”

Mike: “I hope they get so overwhelmed by the vibrations of rock that they spit up the beer they just chugged in the parking lot and start trance dancing.”

RY: What, when and where was the best show you’ve ever played? What made it so awesome?

Rachel: “We played a 4am last call set with Dilly Dally, No Joy and Pet Sun. After the few tequila shots and sleep deprivation kicked in, we hit the stage and my fingers were butter.”

Mike: “We’ve done a lot of cool shows. But, lets put New Dundee, Ontario on the map right now. We’ll be touring and can’t play there this year, but Andre and his fam have thrown down a mini fest of sorts for a number of years out in the middle of nowhere and there was never a dull moment. Shout out to the Larri shot, which included chewing coffee beans, inhaling vaporized alcohol and snorting Sambuca.”

RY: What, when and where was the worst/weirdest show you’ve ever played? What made it terrible?

Rachel: “The Hive in Kitchener. Smelled like piss and rotten seafood. Burn in hell!

Mike: “Birmingham, Alabama was pretty weird. The bartender was pissed drunk and could hardly speak. Oh, and there was this Jack Russell that sat up on a barstool all night – he thought he was people!”

RY: What is the coolest thing fans will be able to find on your merch table?

Rachel: “You nerds like vinyl? We got vinyl.”

Mike: “The cold-certified Coors Light someone just knocked over.”   

RY: When on tour, which do you crave the most? (And why?) Your own bed, your own shower, or a homemade meal?

Rachel: “My personal heating pad!”

Mike: “Always hard to find decent coffee for some reason. I’m bringing a French press this tour.”

RY: What is your worst on-tour habit?

Rachel: “I think the guys think I sleep too much.”

Mike: “She does, she never drives. I don’t think we have any actually. I’ll tweet you if we find anything.”

RY: “What is the nerdiest thing about your band that you usually try to keep secret? 

Mike: If listening to Huey Lewis, Little River Band and Bruce Hornsby is nerdy, then that.”

Rachel: “Don’t forget Enrique Iglesias.”

RY: Which song would you love to cover on-stage, but don’t think you’d be able to pull off?

Mike: “‘Tom Sawyer’ or ‘Red Barchetta’ by Rush. Ev, our drummer, would nail it. And you know what, I think I would too.”

RY: What makes you most proud of your band?

Rachel: “Our hunger for danger. We love hitting the road and letting it hit back.”

Mike: “The fact that we are all confident in what we are doing and aren’t afraid to take risks. Hence my theory that we could cover Rush and your parents would love it.”