NXNE Preview: Terracotta Pigeons

Terracotta Pigeons NXNE 2010 By: Sheena Lyonnais
June 2, 2010

Perhaps one of the farthest-travelling bands at this year’s festival, Australia’s Terracotta Pigeons are hitting Toronto for two shows during NXNE.  Having just released their debut album Ever-Forever-Never and solidified their line-up, the hard rock band is coming to the city prepared to work.  Frontman Steven Smith tells us more.

1.  How are you doing and where are you right now?

Doing just fine thank you.  Enjoying the pleasant change in weather brought on by the arrival of the cooler dry season here in Darwin, Northern Australia.

2. There are a lot of bands playing NXNE, why should we watch yours?

We’re flying all the way from Australia just to play our two shows at NXNE, the world could end before we get a chance to visit Toronto again and the last thing you want to regret is not seeing us play when you had the chance…

3. What are you doing to prepare for NXNE?

I’ve spent the past three months working my ass off to raise the money to get us there.  I’m bruised and battered, but I think we’re good to go!  We just played our album launch a couple of weeks ago, so we’re in the zone and excited about taking the show to Canada.

4. What are you hoping to get out of the festival?

Well, hopefully we can meet some great bands and make some friends in Toronto’s music community.  We hope to gain some new fans as well and get a feel for what is happening in that part of the world musically.  A big thing for me is to speak with promoters, booking agents, venue operators, etc.  I am looking to find those individuals who can help me get my band back over to Canada for more regular touring.  I would like to find out more about breaking into the Canadian and U.S touring circuits.

5. Which act(s) are you hoping to catch during the festival and why?

With all the work involved preparing for this trip I haven’t really had a chance to explore the list of artists playing yet.  I’ll be looking primarily for bands in our genre, purely because I would like to connect with some of those bands for future gig opportunities and to get their take on the rock scene in Canada.

6. Tell me a tour story that is crazy but true.

The "three man stack." On a trip to Western Australia with a previous band, during the guitarist’s solo I had him sitting on my shoulders, while I was sitting on the singer’s shoulders and we were navigating our way around the front of the crowd of close to 2000 people.  Hence the "three man stack."  We were only game to try it once.

7. What is Terracotta Pigeons working on at the moment?

More of the live show really.  I have a great line up who have been working with me now for over a year.  Previously, I had a couple of line up changes and I felt the live show suffered a little because of it.  Now it’s working great and I’m loving the vibe.  The debut album Ever-Forever-Never has just been released, so I’ve been working at promoting that to radio etc.

8. Which shows/events/BBQs are you playing?

Bovine Sex Club: Thurs 17th June @ 11 p.m. sharp!
(542 Queen st .W, Toronto)

The Shop (parts and labour): Sat 19th June @ p.m. sharp!
(1566 Queen st .W, Toronto)

Also, we will be in Dundas Square on Thursday 17th at an NXNExpo booth from 12-2 p.m.  So people can come down and say hi and we will have some giveaways and copies of the album there.

9. Where can we find out more about you?


10. Any last parting words for us music-hungry Toronto folk?

We’re a pretty friendly bunch and we’d love to meet ya’ll, so come on down and bring your friends to one of our shows!  If hard rock music’s your cup of tea then we’re your two lumps of sugar…sweeeeeeet!  See you in Toronto.

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