What is your name and role within Mad Ones?
Andrew DeVillers, Singer / Guitar Player
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
Toronto. The music scene here is thriving, despite issues with Toronto’s soaring housing costs and gentrification due to a massive condo boom and unchecked foreign investment. If you already have a place and don’t have to move, your good, but I feel for younger musicians moving here and trying to break into the music scene, it’s a slow burn.
Your new single “In Silence” is out now! Where and when did you record?
Recorded in Toronto with Daniel Baston at Lee Rogers and Ian Blurton’s Pro Gold Studios. The beds were all done live, one room, one take. The vocals and mixing were done at Canterbury Music Co., also in Toronto, by Adam King.
What influenced the sound and songwriting for “In Silence”?
I don’t usually like to be so upfront or topical with lyrics but I haven’t heard too many good anti-war/anti-gun/anti-
I hear that all the proceeds from downloads on your Bandcamp being donated to humanitarian aid in Yemen, please tell us why you made this decision?
We are raising funds to send to the IRC (International Rescue Committee) to support humanitarian aid in Yemen where 22 million innocent civilians are facing food shortages, starvation and a massive cholera outbreak due to bombing campaigns by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The crisis doesn’t receive much media coverage in the West, potentially due in part by the US support for Saudi Arabia and Canada’s own part in selling armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. We know that we might not have a large reach to bring attention to this crisis, but if we can raise some funds and get a few people talking about it then its a step in the right direction.
How did Mad Ones form as a band?
We formed in 2011 as a duo by myself and drummer Phil Wilson. When Phil left in 2015, Mad Ones became the trio it is today by the addition of drummer Adam Balsam (The Most Serene Republic) and bass player Russ Fernandes (The Mercy Now).
Your headed to Western Canada for festival appearances at Sled Island in Calgary, ahead of a week of shows in Alberta and British Columbia ending in Vancouver June 29, what can we expect from these upcoming shows?
A high energy rock show featuring new material and the more upbeat songs from last years LP “Regretless”
How do you prepare for each show?
Aside from rehearsal it varies quite a bit, it might be really relaxing day leading up to a hometown show, a mind numbing12 hr drive between tour dates or a festival situation where the band is playing a lot, seeing other bands and attending different events. Ideally there is a couple minutes backstage or in the van where you can focus yourself.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
David Bowie “Lodger” LP!
I hear that you are also working on your fourth full length record, which is a follow up to last years “Regretless” LP, what will you be taking your sound for this upcoming record?
The new record will be a rock n roll record that reflects the best of our live show. It won’t have as many mellow moments as “Regretless” those were largely a product of a recording period after the duo lineup and before the trio got a chance to tour a lot and truly become a cohesive band.
What or influences your songwriting and sound?
Life, love and the pursuit of happiness (not the band) or something to that effect.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Largely writing the new record this summer. Recording and releasing another new single this fall as well as a few more festivals and tour dates. We are aiming to have the new album out in March 2019.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Roti from Island Foods at King St.W and Dufferin St in Toronto. High Park for a hangout.