Torontoist talks to some CMW performers. Here, Young Empires implores us to dance.
The Indies are a staple of CMW, one that often includes if not the best, then at least the highest profile, line-up. That is the case again this year with acts like Dan Mangan and the reunited Treble Charger. But perhaps no band is on a more meteoric rise than Young Empires. As purveyors of world-class bombastic and body-shaking grooves, they seem to somehow be playing almost every night during the festival. We chatted briefly with bassist Jake Palahnuk.
Torontoist: Why should we see you at CMW?
Palahnuk: Because Torontoist says so.
What’s your favourite Toronto venue, and why?
Horseshoe for sure. The stage has the energy of the 50,000+ bands that have graced it before.
What’s your preference: indoor or outdoor venues?
What’s your preference: giant music festivals, or single shows?
Any advice for CMW-goers?
Dance like you’re not a Toronto music snob… for once.
What’s your favourite moment in a concert you’ve played so far?
Seeing Deepak Chopra bop his head at the front of our crowd.
What’s happening for the band after CMW?
Sleeping for a week—just finished two months on the road.