The Sturgeons - Calan & Luke Hamilton (Sean Tam Photography)
What really hits us is the Manitoba Music scene and their family oriented friendship towards each other. We love to listen to the underground music here and everyone's passion towards other people's music that you don't see in larger well known bands.
—Luke Hamilton, Winnipeg musician and songwriter
Just so we're clear, a sturgeon is an ancient fish that grows to epic proportions and often lives to a ripe old age. The Sturgeons, are a Winnipeg musical duo who also happen to be identical twins, named Calan and Luke Hamilton.
Seven years ago, the brothers began writing and performing their songs. Within a short amount of time, the boys were catching the attention of other local musicians and they performed as part of the Winnipeg Folk Festival's Young Performers Program for two years.
In late 2011, The Sturgeons released their debut CD The Wood Shop and have been getting airplay from it across the country.
Just before they set out on a Western Canadian tour, The Sturgeons are performing at the Standard Tavern, Friday, May 18 at 10:00 p.m.
SCENE asked Luke Hamilton a few questions to get to know the duo better.
Here's what he had to say.
1) Who are you dying to work with, that you have never had a chance to?
Levon Helm, who has recently past away. He had an incredible passion for music and just loved to share and play music with others. Also Neil Young as we have a very similar philosophy to music.
2) Best place to get a burger (or a meal) in Winnipeg?
Wagon Wheel, great food, great prices and great company!
3) What's one of your favourite viewpoints/vistas in the city?
The Forks is just a beautiful relaxing place. Or pretty much anywhere by the river. Also love the prairie sky.
4) Finish the sentence: I really know I am back in Winnipeg when........
I see the Mint. We've grown up going to falcon lake every weekend which is a important part of our life.
5) What music are you listening to right now?
Black Keys, Boy and Bear, John Hiatt, Louis Prima, Harry Nillson.
6) What's your favourite place to play in Winnipeg?
I guess I would have to say Le Garage Cafe or the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
9) If you got caught in an elevator and have 6 floors to convince someone to listen to your music...how would you describe it?
An eclectic mixture of fifties/sixties pop and seventies angst folk rock with a hint of contemporary new grass. Our new record feels old, new, strange and familiar. It is something completely different and doesn't follow any music genre "template." Thoughtful and honest songs with an immediate and captivating sound that is both fresh and timeless.
10) What was the most unusual gig you ever had?
Playing a gig with a Metal Band in a church.
11) Who are your Winnipeg heroes?
The obvious is Neil Young, but what really hits us is the people in the Manitoba Music scene and their family oriented friendship towards each other. We love to listen to the underground music here and we appreciate everyone's passion towards other people's music that you don't see in larger well known bands. They help each other out rather than compete.
12) If you were the Mayor of Winnipeg, what's one change you'd make?
Don't develop into just another large city.
Now that you've gotten to know The Sturgeons a bit, have a listen to "Jaybird" from their album The Wood Shop.