Marti Sarbit & Rusty Matyas (Courtesy Imaginary Cities)
The band will also be special guests on the 204 - Saturday October 1 from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM.
SCENE asked lead singer Marti Sarbit to share her thoughts on touring, since that's pretty much all that Imaginary Cities is doing these days.
It's been a little over a year now that I've been touring with Imaginary Cities. It's all been very new to me and being the only girl with the same five people all the time in a stinky van/hotel room/airplane, one would expect that it would be enough to drive you to insanity.
In my case, though, the positive experiences have been far out-weighing the challenges.
1. Most of our touring is spent going from one city to the next, only allowing us to see the inside of the venue and our hotel room for that night. But some days we'll find ourselves on a day off somewhere beautiful place like Paris, New York, or Brisbane and it feels like we're on a real vacation.
2. I couldn't ask for a better group of guys/musicians to cross the globe with. Perhaps we owe these behavioral traits to Manitoba, because they're all so freakin' polite and likeable, we never have any trouble making friends with the other bands/crew members and I'm proud to show 'em off as my band mates and friends.
3. One of the cool things about leaving Winnipeg is that I'm really beginning to appreciate its unique charm when I come back. Absence makes the heart grow fonder I guess (that saying works for cities too right?) I've realized how lucky we are to have such a thriving music scene and such good people in it. So, it's always a treat to come home.
4. Possibly my favorite part of touring is hearing and opening for bands that I love. We've had the good fortune to open for a bunch of amazing acts this year, some I'd never heard of before who've quickly made it to my list of favorites (Besnard Lakes, Sparkadia, Peter Elkas...) and some whom I was already a big fan of (The Pixies, The Dears, The Weakerthans...)
5. The thing that REALLY baffles me is that, on top of all the good stuff I already mentioned, when I'm touring I get to do the one thing I love the most...and it's my job!! What the?!! Whoever is letting me get away with this...you're crazy, but I thank you.
So, despite being the only girl, getting homesick once in a while and living out of a suitcase, I've grown to really love touring. So until I finally go off the rocker insane from it all, hopefully I can continue doing this crazy thing I get to call my job.
Marti Sarbit (Courtesy Imaginary Cities)