Giving a musical voice to someone else's words
In a music industry populated by mega-hit writing teams, saying an artist "writes his or her own lyrics" is often code for saying "they're a serious artist." But Montreal band AroarA didn't write the words for their latest EP and they wear that like a badge of honour. Andrew Whiteman and Ariel Engle drew inspiration from "In the Pines", a book of poetry by Alice Notley, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and a former finalist for the Pulizter.
AroarA are on their way to Quebec City today for a show at L'Impérial as part of the Festival d'été. They joined Ainslie MacLellan from our Montreal studios to talk about giving a musical voice to someone else's words.