Bend Sinister – Emerging Artist Spotlight CMW 2013 Edition

Bend Sinister

March 11 2013Canadian Music Week 2013 is almost here and we can’t wait for hundreds of bands to invade the bars and clubs of our fair city as part of the festival’s Canadian Music Fest program. Admittedly the names are slightly confusing but Canadian Music Week is the master name of the festival that is composed of a film program (Canadian Music Week Film Fest), a comedy program (Canadian International Comedy Fest), a conference, awards shows, a trade show and a kick ass music festival called Canadian Music Fest that runs between March 19-24 2013.

In 2012, T-Mak World initiated extensive coverage of Canadian Music Fest and we saw a total of 34 bands/artists and interviewed the following 10 bands as part of our Emerging Artist Spotlight series:
Beta from Puebla, Mexico (Alternative,Grunge,Rock)
Breaching Vista from Kitchener, Ontario (Alternative,Pop,Rock)
Floor Thirteen from Winnipeg, Manitoba (Alternative,Rock)
Grain from Edmonton, Alberta (Blues,Classic Rock,Rock)
In My Coma from Toronto, Ontario (Alternative,Progressive,Rock )
Last Bullet from Toronto, Ontario (Classic Rock,Rock)
Matt Groopie and The Bandits from Thornhill, Ontario (Blues, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock )
One Bad Son from Vancouver, B.C. (Rock)
Louder Than Love from Vancouver, B.C. (Rock)
TimeGiant from Toronto, Ontario (Rock)
Our wrap up article from 2012 is here and we are excited to be back in 2013 and to add even more bands to our Emerging Artist Spotlight Series. Today we focus on a band from Vancouver, Canada and their CMF profile reads:
Labeled as anything from math to prog to pop but feeling most comfortable in the plain guise of rock, Bend Sinister of Vancouver BC have evolved through numerous styles and absorbed a plethora of influences to become a band so refreshingly original that the struggle to categorize them is a losing battle.
Here is what they had to say to us:
1. Hey Bend Sinister, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Let’s start off with the obligatory introductions. Who’s in the band and what instrument does everyone rock?
Dan Moxon: Keys and vocals
Jason Dana: Drums
Mat Rhode: Bass
Joseph Blood: Guitar
2. How about the history of the band, when did you get started and how did it happen?
The band started as Dan’s highschool project but as things got more serious and the band started touring more various members dropped out. The current line up have been playing together for 5 years.
3. Who are some of your musical influences?
Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Paul McCartney, Jellyfish, Scott Walker
4. Congratulations on being selected to play at Canadian Music Festival, what does the opportunity mean to you? 
Fame, glory and untold riches
5. When and where is your CMF gig? And more importantly, why should a music fan come and see your show instead of all the other choices available to them at that time?
March 21 11:00 at Cherry Cola’s March 22 2:00 the Hideout. 
Unless you’re some jive talkin’ turkey you better get on down and boogie with us at CMF
Bend Sinister

6. What’s it like being on stage? Do you get nervous or are you thriving on the adrenaline (or somewhere in between)?

One time we played a private party for Them Crooked Vultures. We were pretty nervous for that one. Otherwise we’re usually rearing to go.
7. What does 2013 hold for you?
A couple more music videos. More US touring, fame, glory and gas receipts. 


8. Imagine that you were asked to be the opener for any band’s world tour (both current and historical). Which band and tour would be your dream opening gig. 

Led Zeppelin

Bend Sinister

9. How important is the performer/audience connection? Can you rock a show as hard for 10 people as if you could playing an 80,000 person festival?

We can rock a show for the screaming frothing masses of thousands or just rock out in a living room with a cat. Every show is a good time yo.
10. Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere? 
Online, your local indie record store, iTunes or

11. At the end of 2012 we published our picks for top 10 albums of 2012. Lists like those are always a reflection of personal tastes so if you were making the list what are some albums you would you have had on it? 

Bahamas Barchords
Scott Walker Bish Bosh
Deerhoof Breakup Song
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan
Azealia Banks Fantasea

Bend Sinister
12. Any closing remarks for our readers?
Be cool to each other. Dance a little bit every day.
Thanks so much to Bend Sinister. We hope that you can see them live. They are playing Cherry Cola’s March 21 at 11:00, Hideout March 22 at  2:00.
The band’s website is here and as you would expect they are on Twitter @bendsinister and Facebook. In the meantime check out their video below from YouTube.

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