Call them different or call them creative, Sadie May Crash is a unique group from Toronto that takes alternative pop and drenches it with meaningful lyrics. As singer Paige Boy told us, it’s about being yourself, even if it means emitting a sound that’s odd, colourful and has multiple personalities.
How did you come up with the name Sadie May Crash?
Actually, we are on the verge of a name change that we will be surprising our listeners with.
If Sadie May Crash was a physical being, what would it be and what type of personality would it have?
A shiny beast with sharp crow eyes and silvered feathers who is schizophrenic, salty and good humored too.
When did you first get involved in music?
After I wrote my first song. It came out in the best way, just fell right out of me. After, it was this creation, a purging feeling that I began to crave.
How did the band first come about?
We all played in different bands four or five years ago. Back then, over a couple weeks we got together to play and write songs and realized that there was such a strange and unique chemistry in the room. It excited all of us enough to stick together and see what would happen.
What artists influence you the most?
Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and Captain Beefheart. For their voices, their poetry and their minds.
David Bowie or The Beach Boys?
Bowie. “Rock n’ Roll Suicide” and “Cracked Actor”, these are a few of my favorite things
How would you describe your music?
It’s colorful, it’s odd and has multiple personalities. I think of a traveling gypsy cabaret passing through the desert. We’re kind of singing songs of warning and retelling silent film stories in our own way. We’re not singing empty songs about nothing, there’s always something to say. Our music is like a full meal, rather than a bag of potato chips.
What do you do to help consistently maintain a high, and hopefully contagious, level of energy?
I tell myself there is nowhere on this earth I would rather be than right here, now, playing music. “Be Here Now” is my mantra, there is always energy to draw from no matter how many restless nights.
How has recording been for you guys? When can we expect the release and are they any other details about it you’re willing to share with your fans?
Well we’re excited to release the EP in the Spring and then start touring! I will share that we’ve teamed up with a whole collective of independent artists to create videos for each song on the record. Experimenting with various video mediums, from claymation to rotoscoping
What’s one unique thing you bring to the table that other bands don’t?
The colour in the band comes from each member’s unique set of influences. We want to sound like ourselves and no one else. It’s too easy to contribute to the oversaturation of new bands that sound identical. We’d rather not, what’s the point?
What’s been your favourite show that you’ve played and why?
I loved our Lee’s Palace show. The vibe was great, with lots of new curious faces. Someone ran on stage before we started to snag a picture with the shiny white female mannequins we had with us.
Honestly, it boils down to people in the industry talking the talk, and then actually walking the walk.
Favourite place in Toronto to hang out at?
A condemned house with a lingering demolition date we’re not certain of. It has red light rooms, black light rooms, a green and pink leopard stairway and a mural created by our friends and other Toronto bands. Hanging there is a sense of home I’ve never known. Plus the looming demolition date makes our time there precious.
What does music mean to you?
Getting something out you just have to get rid of. An addiction. Words of a poet turned into a pop star. Dancing to Jackie Wilson with my kid sister.
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