Two Hours Traffic
Canadian quartet Two Hours Traffic have been supporting the Jezzabels as they tour the nation. The final gig was today was up in Brisbane and both bands have been receiving rapturous reviews and praise for their on-stage performances. Blazing guitar riffs loaded with fiery pop melodies put the in the same fields as Weezer and The Go-Betweens happily stoking the flames of Canada’s musical uprising.
Two Hours Traffic have come of age with their latest album Territory, after their previous album Little Jabs gained nominations and turned heads around the world. Territory, their third offering, has earned Two Hours Traffic spots on the O.C and (Tim’s favourite) Gossip Girl. WE were able to send them a bunch of questions which Liam, the founder, vocalists and guitarist kindly answered:
What bands have had an impact on forming your Band’s sound?
We had a gig playing mostly cover songs when we first started out, so I guess we learned a lot from how those songs were put together. We played songs by many artists, including the Pixies, Radiohead, Spoon and Beck. It was just the stuff we were listening to at the time, and it helped shape our own writing style.
Was there a specific moment or turning point when you decided to go for it as a band?
We started playing in University, and after we graduated we had a big decision to make: continue on as a part-time group or try to make a career out of it. We decided to give it a shot and we moved up to Toronto and eventually secured a label and manager. I wouldn’t say we have a ‘career’ just yet, but we’re still going strong.
Three albums in, a bunch of nominations & awards tied in with heaps of recommendations, as a band you seem to have found your way, kept your sanity and still had a lot of fun along the way… What keeps you going?
Creating new music is what keeps us motivated. It can be very exciting. We love writing songs and we take pride in it. Of course, the other ‘best part’ is hitting the road and playing for a room full of people who are dancing and singing along to your tunes. This certainly doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s beautiful when it does.
Where’s next after Australia?
We go back to Canada soon and we are planning on doing a lot of writing in the next few months. We are planning on doing a short US tour in February, but aside from that we will be focusing on new material.
As you’re coming to the end of the Aussie leg of this tour what’s been the high point?
Our show in Sydney at the Gaelic House was a highlight. It was a fantastic stage to play on and there was a great atmosphere in the room. I also have to mention the three nights we did in Melbourne at the East Brunswick Club…we were treated very well by the staff and we did our damndest to win over a few of the Jezabels’ faithful.
Have there been any ‘Walk of Shame’ moments you’d like to share on this tour… (Or in general)
We are a very PG band and therefore our road stories are too embarrassing to mention; embarrassing in that they are incredibly boring and completely free from rock star excesses.
Have you had much of a chance to enjoy the fruits of the local music scene whilst being on tour, and stand out acts?
We have been exposed to a wealth of great Australian music. We were lucky enough to catch Dan Kelly opening up for Dappled Cities and both acts were fantastic. We have also picked up albums by the Triffids and You Am I. I cannot forget the Jezabels either – they are truly a magical act to watch and I’m not just saying that because we are on tour with them.
Quick fire round:
First album – something by Raffi, probably “baby beluga”
Book that changed my life – sirens of titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite film - life with mikey starring Michael J. Fox
Two Hours Traffic’s third album Territory is out now and the new single is yours for free right here: twohourstraffic.com
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