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INTERVIEW: Catching up with Ivan Doroschuk of Males With out Hats; covers EP “Once more (Half 1)” out as we speak, Sept. 24


Males With out Hats (L-R) Sho Murray, Ivan Doroschuk and Colin Doroschuk.

In the present day, Sept. 24, legendary Canadian electro-pop band Males With out Hats releases a five-song EP titled Once more (Half 1) – by way of Curve Music – that includes covers of The Tragically Hip, Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie. It additionally options No Mates of Mine –  a slower, reimagined model of the group’s signature hit The Security Dance – which got here out practically 40 years in the past in 1982 on the band’s debut studio album, Rhythm of Youth. No Mates of Mine was launched on Aug. 25.

Once more (Half 1) precedes Once more (Half 2) – an album of 12 originals popping out subsequent yr. Males With out Hats can also be recognized for such songs as Pop Goes the World, The place Do the Boys Go?, Residing In China, Antarctica and On Tuesday.

Vocalist Ivan Doroschuk co-founded Males With out Hats again in 1978 whereas dwelling in Montreal. With a number of member modifications over time, Males With out Hats at the moment contains Ivan’s brother Colin Doroschuk (keyboards) and Sho Murray (guitars). Daybreak Hamilton not too long ago caught up with Ivan to speak concerning the band, new music, and extra.

Daybreak: Thanks a lot for agreeing to do that interview with me as we speak. I actually admire it.

Ivan: No drawback.

Daybreak: It was in January you introduced that you simply had been going to start out recording, not figuring out a pandemic was about to occur. Do you want you had waited to make this announcement or was it excellent timing so you may give attention to it with out distractions? 

Ivan: It was type of excellent timing. We had deliberate to take seven or eight months off,  isolate ourselves utterly and do that report.  We had turned down loads of excursions for the summer season, we stated no to loads of exhibits on the finish of final yr so all of it labored out completely for us. I do know it didn’t work out that nicely for lots of different folks. It type of match into our schedule fairly nicely.

Daybreak: How was the recording course of?  What modifications did you must make on account of Covid, if any?

Ivan: Nothing. We had deliberate to lease a home in the midst of nowhere and that’s what we did. We discovered a spot on high of the Malahat Mountain on Vancouver Island overlooking the Pacific and we simply constructed our studio in there. We spent eight months simply making music, simply old-school manner of constructing information.

Daybreak: “Once more” is labelled as Half 1, are you able to give us any perception into Half 2? 

Ivan: Half one is 5 cowl songs and half two is 12 authentic songs, authentic new “Males With out Hats” songs. Some had been written whereas we had been in studio, some had been written forty years in the past and we simply resurrected them from the vault and recorded them and a few had been written at the back of the tour bus whereas we had been on tour for the final 10 years going everywhere. It’s a mix of all types of songs however they’re all new and they’re all “Males With out Hats”.

Daybreak: How did you determine what songs to cowl and why these explicit songs? 

Ivan: There are songs that we grew up with, a few of them. We do Mott The Hoople‘s” All The Younger Dudes and for me, I used to be a young person within the 70s in order that was my theme tune and The Rolling Stones. We do a Rolling Stones tune (2000 Mild Years from House). There, once more, is one other band that I grew up with. It’s all folks we grew up with. We do a Tragically Hip tune (Blow At Excessive Dough) which I needed to pay tribute to a terrific Canadian band and a terrific Canadian singer, a terrific singer. We had loads of enjoyable making this report, too. We recorded loads of songs. Colin, Sho and myself had a very nice time making it. I believe it interprets into the music and we’re excited to have folks hearken to it.

Daybreak: Do you discover it onerous to be cooped up recording for therefore lengthy?

Ivan: Oh no, no. I like it I really like being within the studio so, the extra the merrier.

Daybreak: You lately launched “No Mates of Mine.” Was it a bit nostalgic for you and the way has the response been? 

Ivan: The response has been nice. Some man stated it’s nice to hearken to it, the primary time I listened to it I knew all of the phrases.  We re-imagined it, the way in which I inform it’s that I am going again to the village of West Kington the place the unique security dance video was shot and the jester is now mayor and he’s married to the loopy blonde lady and I am going again 40 years later and go to with them and that is the soundtrack. That’s my story.

Daybreak: Do you’re feeling that “No Mates of Mine” pertains to what’s going on on this world as we speak and if that’s the case, how? 

Ivan: Form of. You understand, the world is unquestionably type of polarized. It’s difficult instances for everyone. I prefer to remind folks when folks say they’re having a tough time I prefer to remind them that some generations went by means of Vietnam and the Second World Struggle. I’m simply glad that my 18-year-old son isn’t being despatched off to Vietnam to a international nation to be slaughtered or to slaughter anyone else’s 18-year-old son. We’re going by means of onerous instances however instances have been tougher (and) folks have gotten by means of them. I’m certain we are going to get by means of this one.

Daybreak: I completely agree with you. There have been worse instances in historical past and all of us want to stay collectively. 

Ivan: Sure, precisely.

Daybreak: You have got been out and about enjoying. How have the exhibits been? 

Ivan: They’ve been nice! We simply received again from Milwaukee, we performed Summerfest in Milwaukee with Bow Wow Wow and Berlin and it was superior. It was nice! Individuals are itching to get again and go see rock exhibits, I’ll inform you that. We did a drive-in in Calgary a few month or two in the past that went very nicely additionally. So, slowly however certainly issues are getting again to the place they had been and I believe there are good instances forward.

Daybreak: How was your first present again did you must shake off some cobwebs? 

Ivan:  Not likely, it’s like using a motorcycle for me,  I get pleasure from it immensely so I maintain in form, I rehearse on a regular basis so I used to be prepared for it.

Daybreak: Thanks a lot. 

Ivan: It was good speaking to you.

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Males With out HatsOnce more (Half 1)
1. Satellite tv for pc of Love (Lou Reed)
2. All of the Younger Dudes (written by David Bowie, initially recorded by Mott The Hoople)
3. Blow at Excessive Dough (The Tragically Hip)
4. 2000 Mild Years from House (The Rolling Stones)
5. No Mates of Mine (Initially recorded as “The Security Dance”)









Studio albums:
Rhythm of Youth (1982)
Folks of the 80’s (Half III) (1984)
Pop Goes the World (1987)
The Adventures of Ladies & Males With out Hate within the twenty first Century (1989)
Sideways (1991)
No Hats Past This Level (2003)
Love within the Age of Struggle (2012)

Compilation Albums:
Assortment (1996)
Biggest Hats (1997)
The Very Better of Males With out Hats (1997)
My Hats Assortment (2006)
The Silver Assortment (2008)

Prolonged Performs:
Folks of the 80’s (1980)
Freeways (1985)





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