Anti-jerk and Aunty Jack
It seems like an insult to say that the members of Primes are Vancouver music veterans. Theyâ€™re not old or anything, but itâ€™s true. Both Tanya Pea (DJ Isis) and Jack Duckworth (Radio Berlin, A Luna Red) have contributed volumes to their respective music scenes for the last decade and have never compromised their unique electronic and punk sounds to â€œmake it.â€ Now theyâ€™ve combined their styles and years, and with the sheer power of the legendary hair, they will turn you all into huge R&B fans. They are the new Supremes.
ONLY: Besides Tanya, what should people expect different from the new album, Facades and Pink Forms?
Tanya: This record crosses so many genres and utilises production techniques from each. I think Jack and I have stretched each other as artists, nerds, and party animals who are also nerds.
Jack: A lot of new stuff, musically and production-wise, is different. We wrote the record over a period of 12 months or so and not only were we writing the songs, but learning how to work together as two people from two totally different backgrounds â€” learning new software and new gear, and writing the record in various voluntary and involuntary mental states. I think the whole thing has way more depth.
ONLY: What about the singing, you sound like youâ€™re projecting on some Diana Ross type shit?
JJD: Sure, thereâ€™s more singing and trying out stuff with our voices and experimenting. Thereâ€™s an effort in trying more things than the roll-around-and-scream thing like what was going on with A Luna Red et cetera, and more snappy and upbeat than Radio Berlin. I connect less with that thing these days for the fact thatâ€™s just a faux prerequisite to be an â€œedgyâ€ band. Weâ€™re more into the idea of having some energy and motion that pushes all listeners in the way to get stoked, get enveloped, bust a move.
T: Songs that are meaningful and have impact donâ€™t need to be screamed, although screaming can drive the point home. Some of the most poignant experiences Iâ€™ve had with music have been with music that has no vocals at all.
ONLY: Is the ultimate goal to get people to bust a move?
JJD: Not entirely, but busting a move is always good.
T: I think the ultimate goal is to inspire, to make rad music minus the raging asshole vibe, and dancing is good too.
ONLY: Raging asshole vibe?
T: There are many raging assholes and they are everywhere. The idea is not to be one.
ONLY: Jack, why are music writers fixated with your hair and does my asking this question just perpetuate the idea that the public should have a fascination with it?
JJD: I dunno, man. I think a) my hair is shorter than it used to beâ€”I look at photos from like 2001 and go â€œyeah, that was kinda big.â€ And b), itâ€™s kinda overshadowed now by other, sometimes questionable, hairstyles. I think maybe sometimes the aesthetic isnâ€™t â€œCanadianâ€ enough for most Vancouver press. Tanyaâ€™s hair is usually better than mine most days anyway, as apparently I have â€œauntyâ€ hair.
ONLY: What the hell is â€œauntyâ€ hair?
T: Sometimes we call him â€œAunty Jack.â€
PRIMES new full-length on Postfact out soon.