TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.
Scarborough Ontario. A breeding ground for crooks and comedians.
Members & Instruments?
Imran: vocals, rhythm guitar
Alex: bass guitar
Short Bio (in your own words)
Inspired by the past, uninspired by the future. We’re The Holiday Crowd. Formed in 2010. We released Over the Bluffs in 2012. It’s a collection of demos and we were convinced by our former record label New Romantic, that it was good enough to be released as our debut. We’ve been touring Europe and playing one off shows here and there ever since while writing and recording new material. Now it’s 2016 and our Self Titled second record will finally see its release. Take us away…
What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
Meet these dudes from Sweden after our show in Copenhagen. Everything they said was funny.
But seriously… I Need this Bed to Myself, one of the songs off the new record, is about our time in Paris when Colin stayed out drinking and came back to a locked front gate and got stuck half way through it and he spent half the night hanging inbetween the gate hoping no one would find him there and there was another time in Germany when Alex got locked inside the Indie Berlin Popfest venue: Marie Antoinette. He was fine though… he had access to all the alcohol.
Another time in Hamburg, we saw sirens and police circling the venue we were playing at…. Apparently they found two active bombs left over from WWII and the whole city was shut down. We couldn’t cross the street from the venue we were playing at to get to our accommodations. Luckily we made some very special friends that night and they took us across town to stay at their place. Such wonderful folks.
What three things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
Proper sound check
What was the first record you ever purchased?
Duran Duran ‘Rio’
If you had to record an EP of covers, which five songs / artist would make the cut?
Neil Young “Wonderin’”
The Housemartins “Think For A Minute”
The Stone Roses “All Across The Sands”
The Libertines “Never Never”
Martha and the Muffins “Echo Beach”
What’s your preferred music format, vinyl, CD, digital, cassette, and why?
I like cassettes… mixtapes especially. Sometimes you can find some ultra-rare remixes of songs and interviews taped off the radio in the 80s and 90s… I like to go on yard/garage sale hunts when I can hoping to find real gems. I once found a rave tape with a Derick May interview I think he did back in 1990. He spoke of his love for early New Wave bands like Depeche Mode and New Order. I’ve got it buried somewhere in my collection of junk.